ESL specialists and content teachers are required to share responsibility for the education of English learners, as outlined in federal and state policies. In most instructional models, English learners spend most of their instructional time in content classrooms, making it imperative that content teachers and ESL specialists collaborate to ensure a cohesiveness in ELs’ content and language instruction. In this workshop, we will overview an instructional framework in which content teachers are responsible for ensuring equitable and accessible content instruction to ELs through intentional language supports and modifications and ESL specialists are responsible for ensuring appropriate language instruction that is situated in the meaningful context of academic content in the various disciplines. Participants will review multiple approaches to teacher collaboration and engage in discussion about strategies and tools to facilitate effective integration of content and language instruction.
Intended audience: all educators who work with English learners, school and district administrators
Instructor: Andrea Kolb, Statewide Multilingual Education Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities