Colorin Colorado: Helping children read... and succeed!

Teachers who work with English as a Second Language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students learn to read.

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New Series! ELL Classroom Videos

New Series! ELL Classroom Videos

Check out our new series on dual-language and ELL best practices. See more >>
Parent Tips: Summer Reading

Parent Tips: Summer Reading

There are lots of ways to encourage reading this summer!

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Summertime Stories

Summertime Stories

Check out these great book about summer for all ages! See booklists >>
Summer Learning for Families

Summer Learning for Families

Learn how you can make the most of summer learning with your kids! See tips >>
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  • Parent Tips: Summer Reading
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Recommended Resources

New from the NEA: All In! How to Advocate for English Language Learners

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How can educators and other stakeholders become more effective advocates for language-minority students? The National Education Association's new guide, All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners, offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.

The guide also features general educators and ELL educators who tell stories about the students who inspired them to act. Do you have a story to tell? Add your voice to the voices of educators from around the country. Become a resource by sharing your story and lessons learned.

New on Colorín Colorado!

Unaccompanied Children in Schools: What You Need to Know

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The following tips from the American Federation of Teachers offer useful, basic information about unaccompanied children and what schools need to know to best meet their needs.

Books and Authors

Start with a Book: Summer Reading Tips to Go

Read, talk, and explore all summer long! Parents can sign up now for Reading Rockets' Start with a Book summer reading and learning tips — delivered 3-4 times each week via text message. Tips are available in English or Spanish. A fresh season of tips will begin arriving in late May.

Featured Book: Juna's Jar

By Jane Bahk
Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

Juna's Jar

Juna and her best friend, Hector, love to go on adventures in the park, collecting things to put in Juna's empty kimchi jars. But then one day Hector unexpectedly moves away, and with the help of her special jar, Juna searches for her friend the world over. What Juna finds is that adventure — and new friends — can be found in the most unexpected places.

This Month's Highlights

Answering Guiding Questions with Middle School ELLs

See how middle school ELL teacher Katie Soto engages her students in a discussion about the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck through related guiding questions.

This video is part of our Common Core and ELLs project from Poughkeepsie, NY.