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Professional Development

Ongoing professional development is an important part of every reading teacher's role. Staying informed about new developments in research, curriculum, and methods will enhance your performance as a teacher and improve learning outcomes for your students. The articles below discuss the characteristics of excellent reading instruction and offer practical suggestions for developing or improving your own skills as a reading teacher.

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Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase EL Student Achievement

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this valuable tool as part of a professional learning community focused meeting ELLs' academic language needs.

Getting Started with the Common Core State Standards (Part I)

Get the basics on the Common Core State Standards — what they are, who created them, goals, how they address content-area literacy, and what they offer for ELLs and special education students.

ELL Strategies for Paraprofessionals

How to Prepare for an ESL Job Interview

If you are looking for a new ESL or bilingual teaching position, there are a number of things you can do to help prepare for the interview. This article outlines general information that will get you started, as well as areas of your own experience that may be helpful to highlight in the interview.

Teaching English Language Learners

Children who are learning English as a second language have been taught to read both with and without using their native language as a base for learning. Research gives us some insight into what works with English language learners.