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Resources for Educating ELL Students

Quick tips and inspiration videos for educators working with ELL students, presented in collaboration with Colorín Colorado.
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Published: February 2021

These videos, created by Colorín Colorado, can help educators with ELL students refine their approach and better serve their students needs.

The Role of ESOL Specialists in Collaboration

This video showcases a 5th-grade team planning a science lesson about the difference between vascular and non-vascular plants. ESOL specialist Katy Padilla plays a key role in advocating for ELLs throughout the lesson planning process and sharing her strategies for engaging and supporting students.

Using sentence frames with ELLs

Sheila explains what a sentence frame is and how she might use this strategy with ELLs.

An ELL who grew up to become a teacher remembers his first day of school

Sean Pang, a high school English teacher and the Washington Post Teacher of the Year, recalls his first day of school as an ELL.

ELLs with special education needs are entitled to both ELL and special education services

Roger talks about two of the main considerations when looking at the question of special education for ELLs.

Assessment for ELLs

What's the best way to check whether ELLs understand how to draw conclusions? Learn how 3rd-grade teacher Samantha Kirch uses informal assessment in her classroom.

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