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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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Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children

Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children

Tips for welcoming students, finding guidance, and more. See resources >>
ELL Family Outreach

ELL Family Outreach

Take a look at these great ideas in our resource section! See tips >>
Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

Here are some great tips on how to help ELLs who are bullied. See article >>
Booklist: Día de los muertos

Booklist: Día de los muertos

Learn more about Día de los muertos from these kids' books! See booklist >>
  • Updated! Working with Unaccompanied Children
  • ELL Family Outreach
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Booklist: Día de los muertos
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This Month's Highlights

Thank you to the AFT & NEA!

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Colorín Colorado gratefully acknowledges the generous, ongoing support of our founding partner, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). For more than a decade, AFT's support and guidance have been indispensable in enabling us to develop and grow this website.


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We are also honored to welcome our newest partner, the National Education Association (NEA), which has now joined the Colorín Colorado team to serve our common mission of providing accurate, up-to-date information about teaching English language learners.

Common Core and ELLs: Classroom Videos from Poughkeepsie, NY

How can teachers engage middle and high school ELLs at different proficiency and literacy levels in the rigorous work of the Common Core?

Teachers in Poughkeepsie, New York tackled that question in a multimedia project focused on implementing the standards with secondary students. Take a look at these videos and classroom materials from the project and watch an excerpt below!

Academic vocabulary instruction with high school ELLs

Books and Authors

Celebrate Diwali!

Celebrate Diwali!

Diwali marks a special time of year and is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world. Learn more from these books about the diverse traditions and foods that are part of the "festival of lights," as well as the many well-known Diwali legends that highlight the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Children's Books for Fall

Children's Books for Fall

There's a change of season in the air. Gardens are ready for harvest, pumpkins are ready to carve, and costumes are made ready to wear. Take a look at Reading Rockets' Fall Harvest of Books and Mother Earth in Autumn booklists for books to fit the season!

Recommended Resources

Professional Title: Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

Professional Booklist: Academic Language and ELLs

Concha Delgado Gaitan, an award-winning professor, scholar, and first-generation Latina college graduate, shares winning strategies for creating effective college-readiness programs for Latino students of all ages at the district and school level. Topics covered include working with families to promote Latino student achievement and best practices for counselors, tutors, teachers, and administrators.

New on Colorín Colorado!

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

Essential Actions: A Handbook for Implementing WIDA's Framework for English Language Development Standards

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 tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. Kristina also includes ideas for reflection and collaboration.