Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, gives a rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level in this YouTube Video.
The professors from Emory University and the University of Washington, discuss culturally responsive pedagogy and the importance of incorporating this type of teaching into the classroom to empower and push students toward their learning capabilities in this YouTube Video.
Educational Leadership: What Does the Research Say About Vocabulary?
Researchers and educators say that in order to close the vocabulary gap with English Language Learners, it is imperative to provide explicit vocabulary instruction and intentionally implement strategies which support learning new words through repeated practice and feedback. Also, allowing them to use new words in authentic and engaging contexts is critical.
Colorín Colorado is the premier national website serving educators and families of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade.
Reading Comprehension Strategies for English Language Learners
In this article, Lydia Breiseth, focuses on strategies that teachers already use in mainstream classrooms that can be modified with ELs’ language and academic prerequisites to build ELs’ comprehension skills.
5 Key Strategies for ELL Instruction
Response to Intervention in Reading for English Language Learners
This article briefly highlights the knowledge base on reading and RTI for ELs, and provides preliminary support for the use of practices related to RTI with this population.
The book, Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners, by Hill, J & Flynn, K., provides educators with - Marzano’s “Nine Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning” and how to modify these strategies for ELLs in mainstream classrooms. It also provides models for parent and community involvement with activities and resources. Hill, J. & Flynn, K. (2006). Classroom instruction that works with English language learners. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Collaborative Teaching Practices Document, June 2011, KDE This question and answer document is intended to provide guidance on implementation and documentation of Collaborative Teaching/Co-Teaching Practices for students with disabilities in Kentucky.
KDE IEP and Lesson Plan Development Handbook, February, 2014, KDE
This handbook was developed by the Division of Learning Services, Diverse Learners Branch in partnership with staff from the Kentucky Education Cooperatives to provide examples of Special Education Services; for example, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and Supplementary Aids and Services (SAS) that may be considered to support the student’s goals, benchmarks, and short-term objectives within his/her IEP.
Teaching Students to be Metacognitive
The Poverty in the Classroom YouTube Video depicts the reality of poverty and student learning.
"Hungry Kids: The Solvable Crisis"
In the article, “Hungry Kids: The Solvable Crisis”, Christy Felling shares the effect that hunger has on economically disadvantaged students and its impact on learning. Felling suggests how educators can play an essential role within healthy food programs that have been found to be successful for our economically disadvantaged students.
Closing the Achievement Gap
To increase the achievement levels of minority and low-income students, educators need to focus on what really matters: high standards, a challenging curriculum, and effective teachers. Understanding the research and accurate data, as well as experience, leads the way in closing the gap between groups of students.