Strengths-Based Instruction for English Language Learners
Designing instruction based on student strengths (what the student can do) provides an important foundation for success and offers opportunities to build upon those strengths in order to address areas where the student is struggling. Learn more about this approach from the following resources and videos.
- Using a Strengths-Based Approach with ELs: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress
- Using a “Can Do” Approach to Ensure Differentiated Instruction Intentionally Supports the Needs of Language Learners
- What are My Choices? Facilitating Meaningful Conversations with Families of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students during the Disabilities Referral Process
Principal Nathaniel Provencio: The gifts that ELLs bring to school
Building upon student strengths: The "Can Do" Approach
Identifying student strengths
- A Strengths-Based Approach to Teaching ESL (Cult of Pedagogy)
This resource section was made possible through our partnership with the National Education Association. Additional support was provided by the American Federation of Teachers.