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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 reference charts, summaries, resources, and tools, the text provides:
Strategies for creating a culture of ELL advocacy and achievement; Case studies from school leaders who have created positive change for ELLs; Professional development tools that build teachers' knowledge of second language acquisition; Tips for strengthening home-school-community connections
Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners is an easy reference for faculty meetings, observations, and staff training sessions. The authors build a valuable bridge between relevant research and practical applications that will reap measurable results.
Chapter 1: Preparing for Success: Strengthening a Culture of Academic Achievement for English Language Learners
Preparing for Success: Strengthening a Culture of Academic Achievement for English Language Learners
Culture has been described as “the way we do things around here” (Bennis, 1989; Deal & Peterson, 2009). A positive school culture that promotes academic achievement for English language learners (ELLs) can be seen in tangible ways, such as words of welcome written in the first language of the students, banners celebrating academic success, and interactive learning boards reflective of cultural diversity. What we value as faculty and administrators is demonstrated by what we do. If educators value diversity of all cultures, you will see actions and artifacts to support this belief. In answering the question, Why should we focus ...