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Resources for English Language Learners

NEA and Colorín Colorado have partnered to provide resources that will help educators and families of English Language Learners (ELLs) provide the support needed for their students' success.
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Making Family Engagement a Top Priority in SEL for Diverse Language Learners

Dr. Christina Cipriano from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence explains why social-emotional learning for diverse language learners cannot simply be a translation of emotions, words, and terms since it wouldn't take into account the rich variability of cultural and linguistic nuances. To help learners from all cultures and backgrounds, the first and primary part of the SEL program approach includes full family engagement instead of considering it as an after-thought or add-on.

See the full interview with Dr. Cipriano on Reading Rockets.

Resources for Educators

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What Are the Legal Requirements Related to ELL Education?

Learn about some of the questions schools are asking about how to best implement the laws and regulations that relate to the education of English language learners (ELLs) during COVID-19.
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Communicating with ELL Families: 10 Strategies for Schools

Learn how to stay in contact with English learners and their families and how administrators can support that outreach.
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12 Strategies for Creating Inclusive Literacy Celebrations for ELLs

Learn how to plan literacy celebrations that include and welcome diverse learners, including English language learners.
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Equity Through Language Access: Best Practices for Collaborating with Interpreters

Learn how teachers, administrators, bilingual staff, and families can collaborate with interpreters in order to ensure students have equitable access to their education.
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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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Advocacy for English Language Learners

Colorín Colorado presents a series of Facebook Live events focused on advocacy for English Language Learners (ELLs).
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In Action: Claremont Immersion School

Claremont Immersion Elementary School in Arlington, VA, provides excellent examples of ESL services and supports and a dual language model for its students.
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Family Stories

This article, developed in partnership with WETA, provides a number of ways that you can make storytelling a part of the time your family spends together.
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The Importance of Emergency Contact Information

Learn why keeping emergency contact information up-to-date is so critical and how schools can help make it easier for families to update their information.
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Experts Answer Bilingual Families' questions

Bilingual speech and language pathologist Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan tackles some of the top questions bilingual families ask about teaching their children to read. Available in English and Spanish.
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Recommended Books and Teaching Resources from Read Across America

Looking for diverse books to teach or fill your classroom library? Need recommended books by theme? Want to start a book club at your school? Then visit NEA's Read Across America for books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.