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Supporting English Language Learners Through COVID-19: Resources for Educators

Helping English language learners during the pandemic.
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Published: August 4, 2020

How can families and educators address the impacts of school closures and the other ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting English language learners? What kinds of support might be helpful during the coming school year? Here's a collection of resources that can help.

ELL and COVID-19 resources

This updated resource section from Colorín Colorado includes information on:

  • distance learning for ELLs
  • communicating and partnering with families
  • social-emotional supports for ELLs and immigrant students.

Guide: distance learning for ELLs

8 Strategies for Building Relationships with ELLs in Any Learning Environment

Learn how educators can build authentic relationships with ELLs this year in virtual and hybrid settings, as well as how they can connect students' experiences to meaningful instruction. Includes project ideas and easy, effective ways to use technology. See strategies >

These articles offer planning tools, strategies, recommended resources, and much more.

Instruction for ELLs

Building Partnerships with ELL Families

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Social media networks for ELL educators

#ELLChat: Archives from Twitter Chats

A number of Twitter #ELLchat discussions have focused on distance learning. Learn more about #ELLchat from this overview. (You don't need a Twitter account to browse those resources.)

ELL networks

This project was developed in partnership with the National Education Association and Colorín Colorado.

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