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This book will be the catalyst for transforming instruction for English language learners.”

—Dalane E. Bouillion, Associate Superintendent

Sprint I.S.D., Houston, TX

The author offers a wealth of ideas, strategies, suggestions, tips, and tools for implementation. There are logical and helpful conclusions on nearly every page!”

—Cathy A. Patterson, Teacher and Former Assistant Principal

Evergreen Elementary School, Diamond Bar, CA

How to give English language learners every opportunity for success

Are you faced with the challenge of making sure that English language learners succeed? This practical book shows how to shape a school culture conducive to high academic achievement for all students. An award-winning former principal and a professional development specialist provide the steps for developing teacher capacity, applying successful instructional practices, and advocating for ELLs. Written in straightforward language with quick ...

Introduction
Introduction

The English language learner (ELL) student population is the fastest-growing population in the United States—at 7 times the overall national growth rate. Nationwide, ELL enrollment increased 18 percent from 2000 to 2005 (Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, 2009). Public school educational leaders were responsible for 5 million ELLs in the 2005–2006 school year, or 10 percent of the total school-aged population in the United States (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 2010).

Ells in the Current Educational Landscape

The current political landscape and controversies surrounding immigration tend to distort educators' understanding of ELLs. For the ELL student population, which represents over 460 first languages, Spanish is the first language of 79 percent of ELLs. The Asian population, specifically Vietnamese, is second at 2 percent. While ...

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