Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners

Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers

Shelley Fairbairn, Stephaney Jones-Vo
ISBN: 978-1-934000-02-1
Paperback: 320 pages
Published: May, 2010

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Foreword by Tim Boals

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This comprehensive guide shows elementary and secondary general education/content and English language development teachers how to differentiate core content-area instruction and assessment for the English language learners 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 highlight how teachers can address critical differences between ELLs with a strong foundation in the first language and students with limited formal schooling. The book 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.

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

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
  • End-of-chapter professional development activities guide teacher implementation
  • Extensive resources enhance continued professional development
  • The accompanying poster of strategies may be displayed in the classroom for easy reference

Caslon now 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.