Back to Educational Leadership December 2019/January 2020 Building Bridges for ELLs
December 2019/January 2020
Building Bridges for ELLs
Volume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
16 Research in Action: Ramping Up Support for Long-Term ELLs
My high school piloted a set of interventions for long-term ELLs. The results were so promising, we’re doing it again.
24 Seeing Their Strengths
Let’s ditch deficit-based thinking, and instead focus on the strengths of our immigrant students.
30 Cultivating Pride in Bilingual Students: Orgullo Colectivo
Angela Barrera, Lauren Keppler, and Melody Becker
For one high school, shifting to an asset-based focus on bilingualism required cultural as well as academic changes.
34 Partners in Learning
Audrey Cohan, Andrea Honigsfeld, and Maria G. Dove
When schools build relationships with the families of English learners, students benefit.
40 Supporting Latinx Families in Special Education Decisions
L. Juliana Urtubey
When an English learner is evaluated for a disability, educators must take time to engage families in the process.
46 Seven High-leverage Formative Assessment Moves to Support ELLs
Brent Duckor and Carrie Holmberg
Sound in-class assessment strategies can make a big difference in deepening ELLs’ learning.
53 Working with Immigrant Families in Times of Crisis
Educators can help immigrant students and parents feel known, welcome, and empowered in schools.
58 The Impact of Language Ideologies in Schools
Caitlin G. Fine, Kimberly Strong, and Deborah Palmer
How teachers view and value language differences can influence classroom practices.
64 Unpacking Translanguaging
An emerging instructional theory encourages educators to rethink their understanding of bilingualism.
68 Getting Newcomers into the Academic Flow
How to help teens still learning English dive into academic learning.
74 Better Planning for Newcomer Students
Rebecca L. Olsen
Instead of scrambling every time a newcomer enrolls, schools should have detailed plans in place to ease the adjustment.
77 Making Mathematical Thinking Visible
Johannah Nikula, Jill Neumayer DePiper, and Mark Driscoll
For English language learners, diagrams can be a powerful tool to develop and communicate mathematical understanding.
9 Reader’s Guide/Recognizing the Gifts of English Learners
82 Research Matters/Let’s Think About This
Bryan Goodwin and Bradley Rentz
Give English learners time to make sense of learning.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Three Conditions English Learners Need to Thrive
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
With any new school initiative, keep English learners’ needs in mind.
86 Leading Together/The Language of Teacher Leadership
Jill Harrison Berg
Educators must find the words to define what teacher leadership means.
88 Confronting Inequity/Overcoming Bad Race-Talk Role Models
Matthew R. Kay
To elevate racial discussions, teachers must dissect students’ conversational role models.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Do We Really Want Education in the Campaign Spotlight?
Presidential candidates rarely make education a top issue. Maybe that’s a good thing.
6 Readers React
91 Index to Advertisers
92 Tell Us About
Readers reflect on how their schools welcome ELL students and their families.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways
Involving Families: A Relationship-Centered Approach
Focusing on fostering relationships with families leads to trust, parent empowerment, and collaboration—as this district found when it changed its approach to making family connections.