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Join us at Know ELLs, a site for teachers of ELLs created and administered by the Teacher Consultants of the Great Valley Writing Project.

Looking for help? Ask your questions here. Want to explore our members' expertise? Check out our groups. Want to see what's happening inside an ELL classroom? Click on this group. Looking for student work samples to get some ideas? Look at this group.

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California Becomes a Sanctuary State

Recently the LA Times posted an article "California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy" that discusses Senate Bill 54 that aims to protect the 2.3 million undocumented immigrants living in California. California, as one of the larger states that is claimed as home to large populations of immigrants, has been at the forefront of…


Posted by Brandy De Alba on October 9, 2017 at 9:37pm

The Rise of Bilingualism

To quote a famous movie line..."They're baaack!" This can be aptly referred to bilingual educators in California. In October, California residents voted in California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016).…


Posted by Brandy De Alba on March 2, 2017 at 6:03am

How do we open our classrooms, or give access, to our language learners?

I know the California Department of Education, and other state agencies, mean well by posting curriculum for ELD instruction. However, ELD is based on theory without a lot of research to support instruction. In the article, English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction, the authors point out, "There are two primary tenets of…


Posted by Brandy De Alba on October 16, 2016 at 11:30am

ELD Curriculum and Instructional Materials

A Know ELLs member has asked about instructional materials (IMs) for ELD.

In California, the Department of Education's website has a list of IMs that have been vetted by the Instructional Quality Commission and approved by the State Board of Education. You can find that list here:

How do you know what ELD IMs work in your county or state?

Posted by Debra Schneider on October 3, 2016 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment


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