Throughout the ups and downs of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorín Colorado team has been hard at work creating resources for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs).
Receive updates about new resources from Colorín Colorado through our newsletter and on social media:
- Colorín Colorado: Twitter
- Colorín Colorado: Facebook
- ELL Educator Group: Facebook group (7000+ members strong!)
For updates on policy and research, take a look at COVID-19 and ELLs resource section for administrators.
Supporting ELLs Through COVID-19
Colorín Colorado has played a leading role in providing timely resources for supporting ELLs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are featured in our COVID-19 and ELLs Resource Section.
Distance Learning for ELLs
- Distance Learning for ELLs: Colorín Colorado Guide and Resources
- Distance Learning for English Learners: Needs Assessment
- Teaching ELLs Online: How to Develop Students' Language Skills (includes slide deck for PD)
- Offline Learning at Home: Ideas for ELLs
- 8 Strategies for Building Relationships with ELLs in Any Learning Environment
- How to Expand ELLs' Access to Technology for Distance Learning
- How ELL Educators Can Collaborate and Co-Teach During COVID-19
Communicating with Multilingual Families
- Distance Learning and ELLs: Lessons Learned About Family Partnerships
- How Schools Can Communicate with ELL Families During COVID-19
- The Importance of Updated Contact Information
- How COVID-19 Is Impacting ELL and Immigrant Families
- Partnering with Immigrant Families During COVID-19: Lessons Learned from a Community School
Resources for Multilingual Families
- COVID-19 Information for ELL and Multilingual Families
- Special Education and Your Child: FAQ for Multilingual Families in English and Spanish
- Nuestros niños: Recursos para las familias durante COVID-19 (Spanish-language podcast)
Resources for Administrators
- How Administrators Can Support ELLs Through COVID-19 (Resource Section)
- Creating Equitable Access for ELs in the COVID-19 Era: A Case Study
- 10 Steps School Leaders Can Take to Support ELL Success in 2020–21 (NASSP Blog)
Webinars and Videos
Share My Lesson Webinars
Distance learning and ELLs Part I: What do we know so far? This webinar features Diane Staehr Fenner from SupportEd, teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo, and Lydia Breiseth with Colorín Colorado discussing the challenges of distance learning during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Note: This webinar was Share My Lesson's second most popular webinar for 2020!
Kellie Jones, Director of Bilingual Education (Brockton Public Schools, MA)
Nathaniel Provencio, Associate Superintendent (Prince William County Schools, VA)
Karen Woodson, Former Elementary School Principal & EL Director (MD)
Talking About Racism and Violence
These resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students.
My Name: Books for Children and Young Adults
Names matter. These stories for readers of all ages explore names that are given, taken away, changed, or mispronounced, and the questions that children might have about their name.
Award-Winning Books 2020
The titles on this booklist were recognized by a variety of book/media awards, including:
- the Caldecott Medal
- the Pura Belpré Award
- the Walter Award
- the Coretta Scott King Book Award
- the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award for Literature.
These resources would not have been possible without support from our founding partner, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association.
In addition, we are deeply grateful for the input from the AFT ELL Educator cadre, our advisors, and our incredible, dedicated audience — always ready to share another idea, resource, or question. Thank you!
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