English Language Learners

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools is rising dramatically. SEDL has been a leader in this area since our founding in 1966 when we developed the nation’s first bilingual curriculum. Our scope of work has changed over time, but our dedication to supporting English language learners has not. We continue to offer a variety of products and services to help educators meet the needs of ELLs, including migrant students.

Featured Resource

"This practice guide is useful for both school- and district-level professional development on the recommended strategies in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School practice guide."
— Linda Cavazos, REL Southwest
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Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide (2015)

 

The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teacher teams in applying the evidence-based strategies in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator's practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse.

The facilitator's guide employs a five-step cycle that encourages professional learning communities to debrief, define, explore, experiment, and reflect and plan. This cycle is supplemented with activities, handouts, and readings. In addition, a series of 23 videos introduces the practice guide recommendations and shows teachers putting them into practice in actual classrooms. Read more

Significant Work

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses the topic of English language learners through the  English Learners Research Alliance, which seeks to understand the education problems of practice related to the diversity of English learners and to explore the programs and services that best meet their needs. The initial focus is on Texas but will expand to the REL Southwest's entire region over time.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals, including meeting the needs of English language learners. Work varies by state.

Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals, including meeting the needs of English language learners.

Past Work

Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language: This K–5 supplemental instructional program updates and expands SEDL’s highly popular Paso Partners program. Mosaic provides lessons and resources that integrate math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. Available in both English and Spanish, the program was made possible through a grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and is provided online free of charge. Read more

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Resources

Image of publication cover Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Webinar
This webinar presents evidence-based strategies and recommendations for effective English language academic instruction. The focus is on the recommendations in the new IES What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.
Image of publication cover Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners: Event Archive

Hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest on July 16, 2015, this 1-day workshop provided attendees with an overview of facilitating professional learning communities in the use of evidence-based practices to support English learners. Event materials include the agenda, presentation, handouts, and Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse.

Image of publication cover Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide

The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teacher teams in applying the evidence-based strategies in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator's practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse.

Image of publication cover Building Biliteracy Instruction, Programs, and Services (Webinar)
Hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest, this webinar provides an overview of evidence-based instructional programs and services to support biliteracy development among English learners in grades K–12.
Image of publication cover Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language
This K–5 supplemental instructional program provides lessons and resources that integrate math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. The program is available online free of charge.
Image of publication cover Stepping Stones: A Texas Migrant Early Childhood Program for 3- and 4-Year-Olds

This home-based migrant preschool program provides 100 lessons aligned to the Revised Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. The lessons, available in both English and Spanish, are organized around early learning themes or units. A manual to guide home educators and migrant program coordinators is included.

Image of publication cover Research-Based Strategies for Teaching Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics to ELs at the Secondary Level: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 9
This article provides useful research-based information for educators and others seeking to support English learners (ELs) at the secondary level in social studies, science, and mathematics. The article may also prove helpful for those who would like to learn about factors that influence the educational achievement of this significant and growing number of students. Furthermore, the authors provide some general strategies used in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs to demonstrate the distinction between ESL and the content needs of ELs.
Image of publication cover Title III Supplemental Funds: Creative Ways to Support the Education of English Language Learners in Texas Schools: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 4
This report describes how two school districts in Texas supported the achievement of English language learners (ELLs) beyond classroom instruction, through ancillary education enrichment opportunities with Title III funds. These particular districts were identified as those with some of the most successful ELL programs, as determined by improvement in student achievement.
Image of publication cover Southeast Comprehensive Center eBulletin, Volume 2, Number 1: Teaching Academic English to Ensure the Success of English Language Learners
This issue of eBulletin, published quarterly, focuses on strategies for helping English language learners (ELLs) develop academic English.
Image of publication cover What Can a Mathematics Teacher Do for the English Language Learner?
Based on a 2006 professional development session for math and ESL specialists, this online interactive document includes teaching strategies for ELLs at various levels, critical components to include when designing math lessons for ELLs, and a list of relevant resources.
Image of publication cover Integrating Mathematics, Science, and Language (Paso Partners): An Instructional Program, Volumes I and II Bundle
This two-volume curriculum and resource guide helps K-3 teachers develop instructional activities to increase mathematics and science achievement among Limited English Proficient students. Volume I focuses on grades K-1; Volume II focuses on grades 2-3.

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