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What can my district do to help English Language Learners keep up with the increased academic demands of the Common Core?

In the short term, you can support your English Language Learners and their teachers by encouraging group work in the classroom (pairing English learners with native speakers, for example) and creating a support network of social workers, language specialists and local cultural organizations to help students become comfortable with their new surroundings, while sharing their own heritage.

Over the long term, you should plan for your district to invest in more teachers who are dual-certified in elementary education (or social studies/math at the secondary level) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Encourage your current staff to pursue ESL training, too.

For inspiration, read about the strategies some Midwestern school districts used to adjust to an influx of English Language Learners.

Implementation

I am the reading coach for my district, and I'd like to set up a Book Fair for our middle schools. How do I get started?

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How can I find out the cost of your books and programs?

Many of our classroom libraries are customized, so costs vary. The quantity of materials you order... more

My district's funding is tight. Since everything seems to be "going digital," is it time to take a second look at our libraries and staff?

Take a second look—as long as that means getting a different view of what your libraries and... more

How can I make sure my district's curricula are not just Common Core-aligned at the classroom level but also coordinated between classes and grades?

Ensuring coherence in your district's curricula is a challenge, but there are plenty of resources.... more

How can I make sure that my district has enough technological resources for the assessments?

Depending upon which consortium your state is a member of, go to Smarter Balanced or PARCC to learn... more

Learning Support

How can I help my special education students meet the Common Core’s call for learning coordinated across Math, ELA and the content areas?

Some instructional approaches for special education are being modified for students with special... more

What can my district do to help English Language Learners keep up with the increased academic demands of the Common Core?

In the short term, you can support your English Language Learners and their teachers by encouraging... more

Writing

How can I help my middle-school students improve their writing skills and meet the demands of the CCSS writing standards?

The Common Core focuses on three primary types of writing: narrative, explanatory/informational,... more

Content Areas

What do I tell the Social Studies teachers in my school who think they now have to teach grammar?

Your teachers’ mission remains the same: helping students understand how civic life, geography,... more