Support for Teachers of English Language Learners
An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.
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.
For the past week, my bilingual third graders have been taking the Smarter Balanced assessment. For four hours, they sit in front of 10" netbooks, and get to answer difficult questions about language arts and mathematics. While I am not a fan of standardized testing due to my experience as an ELL growing up here, I have found that as a teacher I am even less impressed. I am all for assessing students in order to measure their growth, their areas of weakness and strength, and gain…Continue
Posted by Lorena Sanchez on April 24, 2015 at 1:30am
A study presented at the Intercultural Development Research Association meeting in Texas showed significant gaps in school funding between schools that graduated more ELLs and schools that graduate far fewer. The take away? Schools that spend more money serve ELLs better.
While the recession has lifted, the economy is still sluggish and the rising tide has not lifted all boats. School funding has still not recovered to pre-recession levels. In California's new Local Control Funding…Continue
Posted by Debra Schneider on April 10, 2015 at 5:30pm
I admit, this week, I totally had a fangirl moment. A fangirl, according to Urban Dictionary, is "a rabid breed of human female obsessed with a fictional character or an actor". Now, my obsession is not with a fictional character or an actor, nor am I between the 12-19 year old demographic one…Continue
Posted by Lorena Sanchez on March 27, 2015 at 6:00am
I have been working with a small group of teachers in my district, the Core Leadership Team for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant. We've done lesson study as we work to create NGSS-aligned science lessons. Two of our CLT teachers teach in a bilingual education program; five of the six teach classes in which a majority of students are ELLs. One reason we applied for this grant was to create ways to work with students and science that gave equal access to ELLs.