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English Learners Success Forum

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. At the same time college- and career-ready standards require ELs to perform at the same level as their English dominant peers. Facilitating academic success for ELs can feel overwhelming without effective instructional materials and teacher guidance on ways to support these students to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.
In an effort to make materials more inclusive for ELs, we’ve compiled evidence-based resources and tools that support English language arts (ELA) and mathematics materials developers and educators as they create and adapt instructional materials to be more inclusive of EL students.

Reflection

ELSF wants to support educators in evaluating their instructional materials and teaching practices, designing their lessons and utilizing a variety of instructional strategies to help ELs be successful. Are you sure that your instructional materials and teaching practices are working for your EL students? Consider how EL students may—or may not—be engaging in your classroom or with your materials by first taking a pulse check below.
TAKING THE PULSE: Are my instructional materials and teaching practices working for my EL students? (PDF)
Next, reflect on your instructional practices and materials in your content area whether you are developing, procuring, or using materials and want to create better learning conditions and academic outcomes for ELs:

Guidance

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 the Guidelines for Improving English Language Arts Materials for English Learners and Guidelines for Improving Mathematics Materials for English Learners. These guidelines will benefit anyone who:

  • Develops curricula
  • Creates their own instructional materials
  • Wants to consider the needs of ELs in ELA and math classrooms
  • Plays a role in granting teachers access to high-quality  curricular 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!

Implementation

Below are a number of example lessons, tools, and resources that will assist you in implementing the necessary changes to your curriculum and practice to improve outcomes for ELs.

Example Lessons

These example lessons were made in collaboration with our partners to demonstrate integrated English Learner supports.
Measuring Mass - Grade 3 (PDF)Quick-Sketch Story Problems - Grade 2 (PDF)

Tools & Resources

Browse the library of resources below to to find support for creating or adapting instructional materials that meet the needs of our nearly 5 million English learners. This resources library links to strategies and activities for implementing the ELSF Guidelines.
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
MATH
Area of Focus: I, II
Guidelines: 3, 4
Specifications: 3a, 4a
MATH
Area of Focus: II
Guidelines: 4
Specifications: 4a, 4b
ELA
Area of Focus: II, III, IV, V
Guidelines: 5, 7, 9, 13, 14
Specifications: 7b, 9a, 13e
ELA
Area of Focus: I
Guidelines: 1
Specifications: 1a
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: III
Guidelines: 8, 9
Specifications: 8j, 9a
Area of Focus: II
Guidelines: 6
Specifications: 6a, 6c, 6d
ELA
MATH
Area of Focus: III, IV
Guidelines: 9, 12
Area of Focus: I, IV
Guidelines: 1, 12
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