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Core Component 2: High Expectations

The selected Web resources support the learning of all students, including English Learners (EL), students with disabilities, and underperforming students, through a variety of instructional approaches and programs.

The following Web sites provide educators with approaches for maximizing all students' engagement and achievement through increasing teachers’ awareness and attention to struggling students’ possible barriers and strengths.

  1. Colorín Colorado External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides information on creating learning opportunities that make allowances for differences in how individual students learn in order to ensure equal access to important academic content, such as the article, Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners. American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  2. National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides technical assistance and professional development to improve culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy instruction, and positive behavioral supports. (2009) The Equity Alliance at Arizona State University, OSEP.

  3. Diversity and Disproportionality External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides articles that address aspects of working with diverse student populations, including response to intervention (RtI) in reading for EL, working with culturally and linguistically diverse families, framing urban school challenges, and promising examples of RTI in urban schools. (2011) RTI Action Network. The Cisco Foundation.

  4. OCDE Project GLAD® External link opens in new window or tab.
    Orange County Department of Education's (OCDE) Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) promotes English language acquisition, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills through positive, research-based techniques and interactions among EL students and between teachers and students (professional development fee).

  5. Leamos™ (Let's Read) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides an easy-to-use pre-EL online literacy course that teaches non-literate Spanish-speakers to read and write, and can be used by individuals, adult education programs, libraries and more. Centro Latino for Literacy.

  6. Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides four recommendations that address what works for ELs during reading and content area instruction. What Works Clearinghouse Instructional Research Group.

  7. Understanding Language External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides teaching resources that exemplify high-quality instruction for ELs across three content areas that correspond to the CCSS in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics and to the Next Generation Science Standards. Stanford University.

  8. Understanding Language: Video Series Playlist: English Language Learners External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides a six-part video series showcasing an exemplar unit focused on ELA instruction for middle school EL. Stanford University and TeachingChannel.
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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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