Tools for Teachers

Diversity Toolkit: English

Language Learners (ELLs)

e This online toolkit provides an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity. It offers basic information, a short list of strategies and tools, and suggestions for how to find out more. More>

The Diversity of ELLs

English language learners (ELLs) come to school with a wide variety of background knowledge, language, and literacy skills. The schooling experience of ELLs is impacted by many factors such as time in school, quality of instruction, transiency, home environment, and past emotional experiences in school

Common Core Standards

for English Language


How can we help English language learners successfully meet the Common Core State Standards? This resource section offers ideas and materials including classroom videos, teacher interviews, and bilingual parent tips. More>

ELL Starter Kit

Tools for Monitoring Language Skills

Inside the ELL Starter Kit for Educators, you'll find the following downloadable monitoring forms, which you can feel free to print and share: Overall Language Performance Oral Communication Skills Reading Skills Fluency Skills: Expressive Reading Use of Comprehension Strategies You'll also find the following helpful resources: Common Classroom Phrases: Spanish Cognates: Similar Spanish-English Words Recommended Spanish-English Bilingual Books
Helping English Language Learners Orientation for Teachers
Common Core & ELLs
You are key! No two ELLs (English Language Learners) are the same!  You are key to their success when you differentiate!  Most of what you already do benefits ELLs. What to do first? Stages of Acculturation Modifications and Accomodations
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There are currently more than 180 different language groups represented by the students in America's schools. Students who speak English as a second language (ESL) constitute a significant percentage of the nation's school population: schools currently provide programs for nearly 3 million ESL students, and it is estimated that this population is growing two and half times faster than that of native English-speaking students. Many of these newcomers are likely to have difficulties adjusting to their new environment. As teachers, we face multiple challenges: We need to teach the content-area curriculum, while at the same time supporting students' English-language development, and helping them adjust to a new school and a new culture. The following are some strategies to consider as you try to meet the educational and social needs of your second-language learners: More>
Success for ESL Students: 12 practical tips to help second-language learners
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