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.

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“Mosaic arose from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation’s focus on improving math and science education and SEDL’s expertise in supporting English learners through instructional opportunities that engage all students.” — Haidee Williams, Project Director, Improving School Performance, SEDL
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Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language (2012)

This K–5 supplemental instructional program—an update of our highly popular Paso Partners program—integrates math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. Aligned with Texas standards and grounded in research, the inquiry-based activities and real-life scenarios make math and science exciting and relevant for students while building a strong foundation of skills and connections among concepts. The free program is available in both English and Spanish and was made possible through a grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. Read more

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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.

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 Alliances, 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 entire region over time.

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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 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 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 Overview of Providing Linguistic Accommodations to English Language Learners During Instruction: (Online Course)
This online module's primary goal is to expand educators’ knowledge of ELL linguistic accommodations, so that they will be better prepared to help students attain high levels of English proficiency and academic success. After completing this module, educators will be able to distinguish among the types of programs offered to serve ELLs in Texas; understand and describe the use of the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); explain what linguistic accommodations are and why they are needed during classroom instruction; and describe what parts of the ELPS address the need for linguistically accommodating instruction.
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 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 7
Effectively meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students presents challenges for educators across the United States, including the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Center regions. To support ever more rigorous achievement expectations, educators need to provide flexible, accessible curricula that give students’ multiple pathways to success and secure opportunities for all children.
Image of publication cover Making Consistent Decisions about Accommodations for English Language Learners: Research Summit Proceedings
In March 2009, researchers and practitioners convened in Austin, Texas, for a research summit on linguistic accommodations in instruction and on assessments for English language learners (ELLs). This online publication describes the proceedings and outcomes of the summit.
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 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 SEDLetter, Volume XII, Number 2 (Dec. 2000): Diversity in Our Schools: New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning
This issue of the SEDLetter magazine looks at some of the challenges schools are facing as their populations become more diverse. The issue covers topics such as bilingual immersion and diversity training.
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.
Image of publication cover Diversity: School, Family, and Community Connections
SEDL's third research synthesis in a series on family and community connections with schools focuses on race/ethnicity, culture (including language), and socioeconomic status.
Image of publication cover Family and Community Involvement: Reaching Out to Diverse Populations
This book is geared toward teachers, principals, and superintendents who want to develop meaningful parent and community involvement in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Image of publication cover Final Evaluation of the Texas A&M University System's Support Activities Related to the Limited English Proficient Student Success Initiative
This report describes SEDL's 3-year evaluation study of the Texas A&M University System's online English as a second language (ESL)/bilingual professional development and LEP campus support services.
Image of publication cover Great TEKSpectations: Innovative Learning Scenarios for the LOTE Classroom
This publication of the Languages Other Than English Center for Educator Development (LOTE CED) contains 30 examples of thematic units of study that focus on the five Cs of language learning (Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities).

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