Resources for Teaching English Language Learners
Resources for Teaching English Language Learners
PUBLISHED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Bethany Johnsen

According to a recently released report from the U.S. Department of Education, only nine states met all of their federal goals in 2008–2010 for English language learners (ELLs), in terms of meeting academic targets in language proficiency, math, and reading. With the percentage of public school students that falls in this population at a substantial 10%, the fact they are not receiving the services they need is especially troubling.

Although current practices for serving ELLs vary and are left up to individual states and districts, many states are working to develop a uniform way of identifying ELLs. But in the meantime, what tools can educators—so often working with insufficient financial resources—use now to improve outcomes for this population? Many exciting, free tools are available, including:

For more guidance on how to cultivate the gifts and talents of ELLs, see our recently released Talent Development for English Language Learners.