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Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
DescriptionEnglish 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 ELLsLarry FerlazzoMy high school piloted a set of interventions for long-term ELLs. The results were so promising, we’re doing it again.
24 Seeing Their StrengthsJessica LanderLet’s ditch deficit-based thinking, and instead focus on the strengths of our immigrant students.
30 Cultivating Pride in Bilingual Students: Orgullo ColectivoAngela Barrera, Lauren Keppler, and Melody BeckerFor one high school, shifting to an asset-based focus on bilingualism required cultural as well as academic changes.
34 Partners in LearningAudrey Cohan, Andrea Honigsfeld, and Maria G. DoveWhen schools build relationships with the families of English learners, students benefit.
40 Supporting Latinx Families in Special Education DecisionsL. Juliana UrtubeyWhen 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 ELLsBrent Duckor and Carrie HolmbergSound in-class assessment strategies can make a big difference in deepening ELLs’ learning.
53 Working with Immigrant Families in Times of CrisisMontserrat GaribayEducators can help immigrant students and parents feel known, welcome, and empowered in schools.
58 The Impact of Language Ideologies in SchoolsCaitlin G. Fine, Kimberly Strong, and Deborah PalmerHow teachers view and value language differences can influence classroom practices.
64 Unpacking TranslanguagingLaura Hamman-OrtizAn emerging instructional theory encourages educators to rethink their understanding of bilingualism.
68 Getting Newcomers into the Academic FlowMargarita CalderónHow to help teens still learning English dive into academic learning.
74 Better Planning for Newcomer StudentsRebecca L. OlsenInstead of scrambling every time a newcomer enrolls, schools should have detailed plans in place to ease the adjustment.
77 Making Mathematical Thinking VisibleJohannah Nikula, Jill Neumayer DePiper, and Mark DriscollFor English language learners, diagrams can be a powerful tool to develop and communicate mathematical understanding.
9 Reader’s Guide/Recognizing the Gifts of English LearnersAnthony Rebora
82 Research Matters/Let’s Think About ThisBryan Goodwin and Bradley RentzGive English learners time to make sense of learning.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Three Conditions English Learners Need to ThriveDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey With any new school initiative, keep English learners’ needs in mind.
86 Leading Together/The Language of Teacher LeadershipJill Harrison BergEducators must find the words to define what teacher leadership means.
88 Confronting Inequity/Overcoming Bad Race-Talk Role ModelsMatthew R. KayTo elevate racial discussions, teachers must dissect students’ conversational role models.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Do We Really Want Education in the Campaign Spotlight?David GriffithPresidential candidates rarely make education a top issue. Maybe that’s a good thing.
6 Readers React
91 Index to Advertisers
92 Tell Us AboutReaders reflect on how their schools welcome ELL students and their families.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL TakeawaysLanguage Lessons
Involving Families: A Relationship-Centered ApproachAri Gerzon-KesslerFocusing 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.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.