Colorín Colorado Blog: Helping ELLs Succeed

Welcome to our Colorín Colorado blog!  This blog is focused on helping English language learners (ELLs) succeed in the classroom, with a special focus on strategies and tools that that support the use of college- and career-ready standards (such as the Common Core) with ELLs.

The blog includes updates from the ELL field about topics such as language proficiency standards and assessments, as well as practical tips for developing academic language, helping ELLs tackle grade-level content, and collaborating with colleagues.

For related content, see our  Common Core and ELLs resource section.  You can also browse blog posts by topic.

We have recently discovered that there is a lack of resources in our field about how to equitably grade English language learners (ELLs). This blog post offers some insights and ideas that we hope will spur further discussion.

Our new blog post from Diane Staehr Fenner focuses on themes she's been noticing while she has been busy out in the field: supporting students with trauma; young dual language learners; and dual language programming. For each theme, Diane shares what she's noticing by way of the sense of urgency or demographics, suggests some ideas on what you can do to address these issues, and provides a few resources for each topic in case you’re interested in learning more.

Join us for our first Colorín Colorado Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET! We’ll be chatting with our blogger, Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner, on how to best advocate for ELLs. Feel free to send us questions ahead of time at info@colorincolorado.org. This event will be archived.

We have collected some helpful lesson plans as well as discussion guides for talking about the results of the 2016 election. We also offer suggestions for creating welcoming schools for all students.

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