Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for ELLs with Poster

Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for ELLs with Poster: A Guide for K–12 Teachers, Second Edition

Shelley Fairbairn, Stephaney Jones-Vo
ISBN: 978-1-934000-38-0
Paperback: 304 pages
Published: May, 2019

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Preface

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This user-friendly guide shows elementary and secondary general education and content-area teachers, as well as literacy, special education, and English language development (ELD) specialists, how to differentiate core content-area instruction and assessment for the English language learners (ELLs) in their classes.

The book provides concrete strategies that teachers can use in any content-area classroom to engage every ELL, from beginning to advanced levels of ELD. The authors also highlight how teachers can address critical differences between ELLs with a strong foundation in the home language as well as students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE).

Included with the book is a quick-reference poster that organizes student descriptors, appropriate assessments, and instructional strategies according to five levels of ELD. Click here to compare the poster and Differentiator flip chart.

The book and poster set is aligned with national and state English language proficiency standards and assessments, and it gives teachers tools to ensure that every ELL develops the oral and written academic language they need to reach high content-area standards and succeed at school.

Key Features

  • True-to-life scenarios of students and teachers in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms ground every chapter
  • Easy-to-use templates model how to differentiate core-content instructional units and lessons according to ELLs' ELD level and other background factors (e.g., home language literacy, prior schooling, cultural orientation)
  • End-of-chapter professional development activities guide teacher implementation
  • Extensive resources enhance continued professional development
  • Quick-reference poster to display in the classroom

New to the Second Edition

  • Responds to changes in student demographics and learning standards 
  • Additional chapter on teaching content and language to diverse learners
  • Attention to academic language at the word, sentence, and discourse levels
  • Greater focus on how students learn to use language and literacy for school success
  • Stronger emphasis on teacher collaboration, leadership, and innovative teacher-directed approaches to professional learning
  • Incorporates feedback from teachers and educators in the field

Caslon also offers a book study guide with a purchase of 10 or more copies of this title (with meetings based on each book chapter). Click here to see a sample meeting from this guide. The guide supports teachers’, coaches’, and administrators’ professional learning so that they can promote equity and excellence for the bilingual and English learners in their districts, schools, and classes. Professors can also use these guides to help students clearly articulate goals and objectives and design culminating projects that provide evidence of their learning.