Building Empathy for ELL and Immigrant Students

This resource section offers ideas on how to build empathy among students and staff for each other, particularly around ELL and immigrant experiences.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

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Creating a Shared Sense of Responsibility for Teaching English Learners

Chapter 2 from Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators by Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner includes the following topics:

● How to develop a shared responsibility for teaching ELs
● A survey of teachers’ and administrators’ beliefs on educating ELs
● A math lesson in German and a parent form in Arabic

Video: Sitting through a lesson in another language