Archive of Sheltered Instruction – ELL

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The Utah Transition Action Team: Dedicated to Successful Transition

Posted on March 03, 2013

Transition from school to adulthood is fraught with challenges for young adults with disabilities. Unemployment and underemployment are high. Involvement in postsecondary education is low. Independent living is often unlikely. The myriad of adult services and requirements for eligibility are bewildering to young adults, parents, and families. The movement from entitlement to competition for services is difficult for all involved. To address these challenges, educational and adult service

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Changing Mindsets: High Expectations for All Students

Posted on March 03, 2012

Helping All Students to Succeed “If you want to bring about a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior, a change that will persist and serve as an example to others, you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.” Malcolm Gladwell,The Tipping Point (2002)  Salt Lake City School District is a district rich with diversity, and we celebrate that diversity. Our commitment to students and families is to help all

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Can Cultural Competency be Learned?

Posted on February 02, 2012

Making differences work in schools "Cultural competency" training is designed to give teachers techniques and strategies that can help them not only reach minority students but also capitalize on cultural diversity in the classroom. At its core, cultural competency is about understanding differences and the role those differences play in how best to teach children. For example, many high-achieving schools with large minority populations focus on achievement and visioning, or prompting the

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Research: Accommodations for English Language Learner Students: The Effect of Linguistic Modification of Math Test Item Sets

Posted on January 01, 2012

Summary and findings. This study on middle school math assessment accommodations explored whether linguistic modifications to the way math test items are presented could increase English language learners’ access to the mathematics being tested and subsequently increase the validity of the test. The study examined students’ performance on two sets of math items (original and linguistically modified) that varied across the three subgroups of students: English learner (EL), non-English lang

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Study: Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain

Posted on December 12, 2011

Brain flexibility lasts longer when more than one language is spoken at home, research shows Babies living in bilingual homes have a longer period of time when their brain is flexible to different languages than infants living where just one language is spoken, researchers say. The new study looked at infants living in bilingual (English and Spanish) and monolingual homes (English or Spanish), and found that the brains of babies in bilingual homes remained flexible to languages until t

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Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) Outstanding Special Education Director of the Year Awards

Posted on November 11, 2011

Excellence in Leadership During the May 2011 CSPD Consortium meeting held in Provo, three outstanding special education directors were recognized.  The recipients of this inaugural award each exemplify excellence, dedication, and an unwavering passion for serving students with disabilities and their families. Included below is a brief description of their contributions to the field: Ann Miller – Weber School District Ann has been the Special Education Director of Weber School Dis

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Teaching Grammar: There Has to Be a Better Way (And There Is!)

Posted on September 09, 2011

Grammar instruction is making a comeback but in all the wrong ways. The purpose of learning grammar is to produce well-formed sentences. To help kids master sentence structure, I describe sentences with simple English words, not unfamiliar Latin words. I won't claim to have invented this approach; it just made sense to me when I began dealing with grammar problems in the classroom early in my career. In my experience, this approach helps kids learn almost instantly how to write well-form

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Dual-Language Immersion Programs Growing in Popularity

Posted on September 09, 2011

Dual-language immersion programs are the new face of bilingual education—without the stigma. They offer the chance to learn a second language not just to immigrant children, but to native-born American students as well. Growing in popularity, dual-language immersion programs are the new face of bilingual education—without the stigma. Though bilingual education was often perceived—and resented by some—as public handouts only for immigrant families, dual programs offer the chance to

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Placing English Language Learners in a Program of Instruction

Posted on September 09, 2011

By now you have determined that this student speaks a language other than English at home. You have information about the student's level of English proficiency, educational background, and academic content knowledge. Your next step is to come up with a plan for placing the English language learner (ELL) in an instructional program that meets his or her language and academic needs. What should you consider when placing ELLs? Just because a student is not proficient in English does not

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Technology Aids Language Acqusition for ELL’s

Posted on August 08, 2011

ELL to Go: Two schools transform their ELL programs by giving students around-the-clock access to some of the latest mobile devices. The typical student at the Newcomer Center, an alternative school in Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, IL, is a recent immigrant with little or no English skills. The school is a temporary stopover for these students--they stay at the center for about a year, building up their English-language skills, and are then transferred to an ESL

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