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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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ELL Resources for Administrators

Administrators play a crucial role in creating an environment in which ELLs can succeed. This section offers school leaders — particularly those with new ELL populations — ideas and strategies to make that happen. Resources include articles, recommended reports, professional books, and expert interviews.

We encourage you to share these resources with colleagues and use them for professional development activities.

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Guidance and Resources for Schools and Staff Working with Unaccompanied Minors

ELL Guides

Engaging ELL Families: 20 Strategies for School Leaders

This guide offers school leaders twenty big ideas that will help them strengthen home-school partnerships on behalf of ELL students. A list of specific strategies follows each idea, along with questions for reflection that can be used for professional development activities on an individual basis or in group settings. The guide includes 6 sections: Connecting with ELL Families, Communicating Important Information, Parent Participation, Parents as Leaders, Community Partnerships, and Creating an Action Plan.


Serving a New ELL Population

These interview excerpts feature administrators, policymakers, and higher education faculty who offer strategies and words of advice for school leaders serving growing ELL populations. A list of the featured experts follows below.

Featured experts include:

For complete interviews, see our Meet the Experts section.

Recommended Resources

Professional Booklist: ELL Strategies for Administrators

The titles on the ELL Strategies for Administrators booklist cover a wide range of topics for school leaders, from choosing the right program for your ELL population to implementing valid and reliable assessments for ELLs.

Research Reports & Presentations