Math Guidelines

Improve your Math materials & instruction for ELs with our free, comprehensive tool. The Math Guidelines are divided into five Areas of Focus:

I: Interdependence of Mathematical Content, Practices, and Language
II: Scaffolding and Supports for Simultaneous Development
III: Mathematical Rigor Through Language
IV: Leveraging Students' Assets
V: Assessment of Mathematical Content, Practices, and Language

Here's how the Math Guidelines Work

As a guidance tool, the ELSF guidelines:

Provide pathways for simultaneous development of disciplinary knowledge, language, and literacy for ELs, and guide content developers and educators in developing content materials that are inclusive of ELs through meaningful integration of their backgrounds, explicit attention to language needs, and carefully designed language supports.

Who can use them?

Content developers and publishers, school and district administrators, instructional leaders and coaches, and classroom-based educators.

How are they structured?

The Math Guidelines are divided into 5 Areas of Focus. Each area is comprised of three guidelines which help define that Area of Focus. Further, each guideline has several specification which outline specific attributes materials as defined by that guideline must possess for ELs.

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