Dr. Debbie Zacarian is an expert in the fields of advancing student achievement with diverse populations as well as in ELL education and special education. She is also the author of our ELL Policy Guide. In this interview, she discusses what sound identification and instruction programs look for ELLs who may have special education needs, as well as what effective collaobration on behalf of ELLs with disabilities looks like.
Books by This Author
In this groundbreaking guide, Debbie Zacarian, EdD, provides a new perspective on the role of academic language in the engagement and success of all students, including English language learners. Using numerous classroom examples, she outlines strategies for connecting academic language to students' lives, building upon students' previous literacy experiences, and engaging parents around activities that foster academic language development. Zacarian also includes reflection questions and guiding graphic organizers and rubrics.
Judie Haynes (creator of everythingESL.net) and Dr. Debbie Zacarian offers hands-on, practical strategies that educators can implement immediately to provide effective content instruction for ELLs. Chapters focus on topics such as creating engaging lesson plans, successful small group work activities, content vocabulary instruction, and strategies focused on writing, homework, and assessment. Appendices include guided terms for composing language objectives and a lesson modification worksheet that can be used to adapt lesson plans for ELL instruction.
Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. Much has been written about these students from a therapeutic perspective, especially regarding how to provide them with adequate counseling supports and services. Conversely, little has been written about teaching this population and doing so from a strengths-based perspective.
Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this book shows how to
English language learners who are new to U.S. schools face all kinds of challenges, as do the educators and schools serving them. Debbie Zacarian and Judie Haynes draw on their extensive experience to share an approach that can be used in identifying and meeting newcomer ELLs' needs, from evaluating prior academic experience to addressing social/emotional trouble that may result from trauma. The authors have included numerous tools for educators' professional development, including discussion and reflection charts, rubrics, sample forms, and vocabulary lists.
In this well-researched and helpful guide, ELL expert Debbie Zacarian presents administrators with a framework to help understand and meet their own ELL population's needs. Emphasizing policy and best practices, Dr. Zacarian outlines strategies for effective instruction and assessment, referring to numerous student examples throughout the text. Dr. Zacarian also offers in-depth information about serving ELLs with learning differences/disabilities, the importance of family engagement, and making appropriate data-driven decisions regarding ELLs.
- District Survey: Evaluation of ELLs Referred for Special Education Evaluation and Diagnosed With a Disability
- Educating Newcomer ELLs with Limited Schooling: An Overview
- ELL Identification: Information for Administrators
- IDEA and English Language Learners
- The Over- and Under-Identification of ELLs in Special Education
- Using a Strengths-Based Approach with ELs: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress
- Using RTI Effectively with English Language Learners