JSD, Winter 2008: English language learners

Dec 01, 2008

Published on December 1, 2007

At issue

Delicate balance: ELL students struggle to balance language and content, while educators need partnerships and specific professional learning  Download Now

All teachers face challenges in helping ELLs reach proficiency in content areas while learning English. The role of the ESL specialist is critical — and changing.
By Jon Nordmeyer 

School district is eloquent in the language of cultural respect  Download Now

Dearborn (Mich.) Public Schools has created an effective and comprehensive network of support services for ELLs and their teachers.
By Valerie von Frank 

Signs of success: District gets specific about the needs of English language learners  Download Now

Ongoing professional development encourages all staff members in Burlington, Vt., schools to take responsibility for ELLs.
By Linda Walsleben 

The power of two: Lesson study and SIOP help teachers instruct ELLs  Download Now

Lesson study combined with the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) gave teachers in Freeport (N.Y.) Public Schools new tools for improving instruction for ELLs.
By Andrea Honigsfeld , Audrey Cohan 

Beyond open houses: School promotes cross-cultural understanding among teachers and language-minority families   Download Now

Engaging families from different cultures requires much more than open houses and one-size-fits-all newsletters. 
By Thomas H. Levine , Jason G. Irizarry , George C. Bunch 

Social to academic: University-school district partnership helps teachers broaden students’ language skills   Download Now

Developing the ability to use academic English isn’t the same as basic proficiency, but students need skills in both to succeed.
By Meg Gebhard , Jerri Willett 

Asking the right questions: Teachers’ questions can build students’ English language skills   Download Now

Teachers can increase their skills in targeting classroom questions to students by using an action research strategy. (Available to the public for a limited time.)
By Jane D. Hill , Kathleen Flynn 


Editor's note  Download Now

Let's make it our job to find solutions. (Available to the public.)
By Tracy Crow 

NSDC's standards: State affiliates can help teacher leaders grow into their roles   Download Now

We have a responsibility to bring NSDC’s standards to schools’ newest leaders. (Available to the public.)
By Lea Arnau 

Collaborative culture: Four mental aptitudes help facilitators facing challenges  Download Now

Four mental aptitudes help facilitators remain effective during challenging situations. (Available to the public.)
By Robert J. Garmston 

Results: Student achievement scores prove professional learning's merit   Download Now

The evidence is in: The professional learning we promote makes a difference. (Available to the public.)
By Joan Richardson 

Cultural proficiency: Begin by developing awareness and assessing readiness   Download Now

Travel through the first two stages of the journey to develop cultural proficiency.
By Patricia L. Guerra , Sarah W. Nelson 

Snapshots   Download Now

Find web resources related to ELLs, including a professional learning webcast, research articles, and a report on how state policy affects student performance. (Available to the public.)
JSD Forum  Download Now

Well-marbled pastrami is a metaphor for a well-connected life. 
By Lee Shulman 


The necessity of diversity: An interview with Sonia Nieto  Download Article

A leading multicultural educator speaks about the role of passion, joy, and anger in teaching to reach every student. 
By Tracy Crow 

Stronger and better: Diversity enhances an organization  Download Article

Read why diversity makes a difference for schools and educators, in an article excerpted from NSDC’s latest book.
By Stephanie Hirsh , Joellen Killion