One common factor in schools where English language learners (ELLs) succeed is that they are seen as "everyone's students." Schoolwide support that addresses ELLs' unique needs is part of the fabric of the school and in many cases, the schools have learned over time that strategies that benefit ELLs are helpful for all students.
The sections below highlight tips, strategies, and resources regarding ELLs and ELL families that are specific to certain professionals within the school setting and within the community. For additional ideas, see our Schoolwide Support section.
Administrators play a crucial role in creating an environment in which ELLs can succeed. This section offers school leaders — particularly those with growing 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.
Paraprofessionals who work alongside ELLs may do so in a variety of settings with a variety of roles. Whatever the case may be, there are some tips that will help paraprofessionals succeed in supporting ELLs.
The library can be a lifeline for English language learners and their families who are new to this country or who speak multiple languages. Learn more about serving ELLs and their families in school libraries and public libraries from the following resources and videos. Visit our Books and Authors section for book recommendations, as well as our Multicultural Literature section for additional ideas.
In this section, you will find a number of recommended professional titles for educators of English language learners (ELLs) organized by topics such as reading and content instruction, support for special populations, strategies targeted to specific ages, and ideas for building partnerships with families and community organizations.
Colorín Colorado's rich library of video content includes classroom videos from schools around the country, professional development webcasts, and interviews with educators, administrators, researchers, and authors of children's and young adult literature.
Colorín Colorado is pleased to offer free print guides created for parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to improve the reading achievement of children. You're welcome to download and print these guides for your own use or to distribute to others.
Here you will find the latest reports and research-based recommendations on reaching, teaching, and assessing ELLs. This section may be especially useful for researchers, graduate students, policymakers, curriculum developers, and school administrators.