As a teacher

This guide offers concise, practical answers to the questions that school leadership teams and teachers are asking about improving English language learner (ELL) instruction and achievement and equitably addressing the needs of ELLs as they make decisions for all students. Over 70 experts answer 83 questions to guide decision making at the classroom, program, and policy levels. The guide is useful in three ways:

  1. As a quick reference for teachers and leadership teams (e.g., to answer a specific question such as, “How long does it take an ELL to learn English?”, that has arisen at school)
  2. For specific program development and improvement (e.g., leadership team members might develop an action plan with the help of the guide)
  3. Professional development (e.g., use one of the questions and responses as the basis for a discussion as to how to resolve this issue at your school)

Additionally, each chapter begins with a set of Guiding Principles that apply in any educational context and ends with a Survey for Reflection and Action that invites teachers and leadership teams to identify the degree to which the Guiding Principles are implemented in practice in their schools.