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Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs (eBook)

Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools

By Sonia Soltero

A shared schoolwide responsibility for educating ELLs directly contributes to their academic success or failure. Sonia shows how to better serve ELLs in your school by identifying 9 common myths surrounding second language acquisition and best practices for overcoming them.

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“Powerful examples from real schools, students, and their families provide a background for the research-based and theoretically sound suggestions Soltero provides to help teachers and administrators implement best practices with their second language students.” David and Yvonne Freeman, authors of Between Worlds, Third Edition

The make-up of students in K–12 classrooms across the U.S. have become increasingly diverse and a multi-pronged and multi-level approach is needed to address the education challenges faced by today’s ELLs, their teachers, and the school leaders who guide them. Sonia Soltero can help with:

  • real-life examples of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and community organizers that illustrate schoolwide challenges and successes
  • identification of 9 common myths surrounding second language acquisition and best practices for overcoming them
  • schoolwide curricular planning and program design for a holistic and integrative approach including needs assessment and implementation
  • effective classroom instruction and learning practices that best help ELLs’ develop strong foundations in language, literacy, and content learning
  • leadership and advocacy recommendations to improve ELL educational equity and access.

A shared schoolwide responsibility for educating ELLs directly contributes to their academic success or failure. Take the necessary steps to better serve ELLs in your school with Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs

Contents

Introduction: Challenges and Opportunities

Chapter 2: School Structures

Chapter 3: Programmatic and Curricular Design

Chapter 4: Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning

Chapter 5: Leadership, Advocacy, and Engagement

Conclusion: Challenge and Opportunities

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What Educators Say About Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs

“Powerful examples from real schools, students, and their families provide a background for the research-based and theoretically sound suggestions Soltero provides to help teachers and administrators implement best practices with their second language students.” David and Yvonne Freeman, authors of Between Worlds, Third Edition

“Sonia’s ideas and experience have been a vital reference for the DLEI?from helping to determine the direction of our big picture efforts, to guiding the nitty-gritty of growing programs that foster bilingualism and biliteracy and are tailored to their respective communities.  As we continue expand and sustain this work it becomes particularly crucial to spread the message of Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs; that the most powerful, lasting programs cannot exist in silos, but in collaborative communities in which everyone embraces their role as a stakeholder in the education of ELLs.” Olivia Mulcahy, Dual Language Education Initiative (DLEI) Coordinator,
Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education

 “Dr. Soltero’s book is a call to action and a reminder that all teachers, not just ELL instructors, are stakeholders in the education of ELL students. “Effective School-wide Practices” do not happen in isolation. This should be mandatory reading for all future and current educators.” Mario Perez, Newcomer Center, Coordinator, Township High School District 214

Other Reviews

“Written in an accessible style, this work gives guidelines for curriculum planning and program design for teaching English language learners (ELLs). A distinguishing feature of the book is that it frames the education of ELLs within a broader district- and school-wide agenda. Issues that affect ELLs are seen as interrelated, not in isolation from the classroom setting.” Book News Inc., Portland, OR