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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.

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SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 4: Teaching Mathematics Conceptually (2014)

Mathematics instruction in the United States has historically focused on procedures, facts, and algorithms. Because of that focus, mathematics instruction, in essence, becomes lessons in arithmetic and efficiency. While there are promising changes occurring in mathematics instruction, we still need to help both teachers and students develop a more conceptual understanding of mathematics. This issue of SEDL Insights helps educators shift from helping students memorize rules to facilitating a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts.

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Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School Webinar (2014)
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.
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Research-Based Strategies for Teaching Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics to ELs at the Secondary Level: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 9 (2012)
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.
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Stepping Stones: A Texas Migrant Early Childhood Program for 3- and 4-Year-Olds (2012)

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.

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Overview of Providing Linguistic Accommodations to English Language Learners During Instruction: (Online Course) (2010)
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.
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Title III Supplemental Funds: Creative Ways to Support the Education of English Language Learners in Texas Schools: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 4 (2010)
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.
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What Can a Mathematics Teacher Do for the English Language Learner? (2009)
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.
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Making Consistent Decisions about Accommodations for English Language Learners: Research Summit Proceedings (2008)
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.