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Why You Need a Plan for Designated ELD Instruction

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Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 36 seconds

In this blog, we'll discuss the importance of having a solid plan to meet the federal and state educational requirements for English learners (ELs). Then, we'll cover what these instructional requirements are, before offering suggestions on what you can do to help ensure that your district remains compliant.

According to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), school districts across the country have a legal ...
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How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom - Part 2

How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom – Part 2

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Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 54 seconds

In Part 1 of this blog, we examined the brain science behind multi-sensory learning approaches. Why is that important? Understanding how the brain works can help shape your pedagogical approaches in the classroom to make them much more effective. In addition, a new generation of online instructional tools that embed multi-sensory techniques can assist teachers to engage students' brains like never before.

Here in Part 2, we will go over techniques ...
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How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom, Part 1

How to Effectively Use Online English Language Development Tools in the Classroom, Part 1

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Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins, 21 seconds

We've never experienced a greater need for effective instructional tools for our English learners than right now. With administrative and teaching staff stretched to the max, it's critical that you have tools actually make a difference in helping English learners progress. To that end, we've created a two-part blog to show you how to effectively use online tools in the classroom during Designated ELD time. We'll cover:

SIFE English learner

5 Simple Steps for Working with Non-English Speaking ELs & SIFEs

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Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins, 37 secs

As an educator, how are you supposed to teach about arguments and claims to students who don't understand or speak any English? Not only do these students not know English, but they don't seem to have had much formal education in their native country either. But yet, you're expected to teach to the rigor of the standard and have them analyze text they can neither read, nor understand.

Such is the ...
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A New ELD Approach to Support Secondary English Learners

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English learners coming into our public schools at the secondary grade levels face multiple challenges. First, they face a very short ramp to acquire the level of English language proficiency needed to succeed academically and to graduate. In addition, newcomers are in the process of acclimating to their new country, which also entails socialization into a new school environment.

As an educator who has worked with English learners for over two decades, it's a situation that's challenging for both ...
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