As a director/professional development provider
This practitioner friendly guide is designed to be a professional development resource. Its special features make it easier for schools to begin offering a continuum of services to English language learners (ELLs) who are having academic difficulties.
- Chronicles: True stories collected from individuals running the gamut from parents to university professors—they illustrate specific points made in the text and include discussion questions.
- ECOS (Ensuring a Continuum of Services) Team Activities: Set up discussions, challenges, and practical activities that help team members understand and further investigate issues presented in the chapters.
- ECOS Team Steps: Cumulative lists that summarize the steps necessary for the ECOS team to make the continuum of services framework part of the everyday working of a school.
- Checklists, Rating Scales, and Questionnaires: Tools to assess a program or the way student support is provided, evaluate a school’s program, and establish a continuum of services.
- Questions for Discussion: To prompt further discussion and get teams thinking about their own specific setting and student population.
- Questions for Study Groups: To elicit general discussions among teachers participating in professional learning communities.
- Appendices: Containing open-ended worksheets, evaluation form, and augmentative information, all of which can be adapted for specific school needs.
All of these features combine to make this a necessary tool for professional learning communities, problem-solving teams, and action research groups focused on understanding an ELL’s learning challenge.