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Guidelines

We believe that instructional materials must consider the needs of all students, particularly English learner students (ELs)—a growing demographic who  are now 1 out of every 10 students in K-12 classrooms.  In an effort to make materials more inclusive for ELs, we’ve compiled evidence-based resources and tools that support materials developers and educators as they create and adapt instructional materials to be more inclusive of EL students.

In 2017, we consulted with over 60 EL experts, practitioners, and staff from K-12 organizations who represented a variety of perspectives from K-12 organizations.  We engaged with these educators to develop and refine key focus areas for English language development that must be embedded across a curriculum, in units, and in lessons so that ELs can access and engage in grade-level content.

Through this work, we developed our Guidelines, resources that we are pleased to provide to you for free.

The Guidelines for Improving English Language Arts Materials for English Learners and Guidelines for Improving Mathematics Materials for English Learners will benefit anyone who:

  • Develops curricula
  • Creates their own instructional materials
  • Considers the needs of ELs
  • Plays a role in granting teachers access to high-quality  curricular materials
  • Works with English learners
  • Wants to ensure the consideration of ELs’ classroom needs

Are you sure that your instructional materials and teaching practices are working for your EL students? Take a pulse check. TAKING THE PULSE:  Are my instructional materials and teaching practices working for my EL students? will help you reflect on how EL students may—or may not—be engaging in your classroom or with your materials.

Our user focus groups found that the Guidelines will help gauge the quality of EL supports in current curricula and help determine ways for educators to address gaps. If you’re ready to start improving your instructional materials and support, view and download the Guidelines below now!

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English Learners Success Forum

Resources

ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: II, V
Guidelines: 5, 14
Specifications: 5a, 14a
Area of Focus: I, V
Guidelines: 1, 14
Specifications: 1a, 14a, 14b
MATH
Area of Focus: I, II
Guidelines: 1, 3, 6
Specifications: 1b, 3b, 3c, 6b, 6c
MATH
Area of Focus: III
Guidelines: 7
Specifications: 7b, 7c
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: V
Guidelines: 14
Specifications: 14a, 14ab
Area of Focus: V
Guidelines: 15
Specifications: 15a, 15b, 15c
ELA
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1, 2, 3
Specifications: 2a
MATH
Area of Focus: I, III
Guidelines: 3, 9
Specifications: 3a, 9b, 9c
MATH
Area of Focus: I, II
Guidelines: 3, 4
Specifications: 3b, 4b
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: II
Guidelines: 4, 5, 6
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1a, 1b
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: IV
Guidelines: 12
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 12
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: I, IV
Guidelines: 1, 12
Specifications: 1b, 12a
Area of Focus: I, IV
Guidelines: 1, 12
Specifications: 1b, 12a
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1b
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1b
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1b
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1b
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: I, V
Guidelines: 1, 14
Specifications: 1a, 1b, 1c, 14a
Area of Focus: I, V
Guidelines: 1, 14
Specifications: 1b, 14a
ELA
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1a, 3b

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