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The Power of Teams: Supporting English Language Learners

The Power of Teams:  Supporting English Language Learners

By Jennifer Schultz.  Jennifer works in an urban, Southeastern Wisconsin district as the English as a Second Language teacher and department chair.  Her current school district sets strong expectations of collegial collaboration to ensure success for all students.  She is a firm believer that together we can accomplish more.      There are many acronyms in the teaching field that refer to groups of collaborating  professionals.  Some of these include Professional Learning Community (PLC), Student Intervention Team (SIT), Student Support Team (SST), and Individualized Education Program Team (IEPT).  We see different teams meeting regularly to collaborate.  Being part of a...

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Aligning Allies:  ESL Teachers Supporting Content Teachers

Aligning Allies:  ESL Teachers Supporting Content Teachers

We are very pleased to feature the work of Victoria Barbato, our guest blogger this month “We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.”     --B.F. Skinner Teachers are some of the most creative, well-rounded, compassionate people you could ever meet.  They want nothing more than to help their students succeed and they invest countless hours and boundless energy to get the job done.  For this reason, if you ever try to tell...

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"Our Kids": The Role of the Language Specialist (ELL/ESL/EAL/ELD/ENL)

"Our Kids": The Role of the Language Specialist (ELL/ESL/EAL/ELD/ENL)

We, as ELL teachers, already know how to work well with English learners.  We know what we need to do to help them succeed.  But classroom teachers don't always know what to do and they don't always understand that we can help!  We are there to be a resource and an advocate.  At the end of the day, the questions are: "How do we, ELL specialists, establish strong relationships with general education teachers?  How do we keep focused on a shared mission of supporting ELLs and set everyone up for success within a system that is often setting us up for failure?"Note: In...

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