Teachers of English Learners are tasked with important job...
As a teacher of English learners in Pennsylvania, you are tasked with a big and important job: there are over 47,500 English learners, and 229 different languages in the commonwealth.
Providing for the academic success of students who are English learners is the responsibility of the Local Education Agency (LEA). Pennsylvania code (State regulation 22 Pa. Code § 4.26) requires that every school district in the commonwealth provide a program (both planned instruction by a qualified ESL/Bilingual teacher as well as adaptations/modifications of content instruction), for each student whose dominant language is not English.
To this end, PaTTAN provides technical assistance, trainings, and resources to help you meet the needs of these students and their families. Topics covered include assessment, objective-setting, research-based strategies, differentiated instruction, progress monitoring, and ELs in special education.
Please see our Training Calendar for upcoming trainings. More information and resources can be found to the right on this page, along with featured videos.
When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed on December 10, 2015, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (which was amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), it changed the terminology: our students are now called English Learners (ELs), no longer ELL, LEP, or ESL.
As the count-down to summer vacation begins in your classrooms, you might be thinking about what you can offer the families of your students in the way of summer activities to continue to support their academic development.
What training’s do you feel would be beneficial for Ell development next year?
How to prepare ELL Students for state assessments.
Long term success for Ell’s
At least one member of the IEP team should be someone who can interpret assessments.
The data obtained through this assessment will help support IEP goals.
As summer winds down and school districts everywhere begin to gear up for the new school year, we at PaTTAN are doing the same. Our summer was used to develop beneficial trainings covering a range of topics for a variety of audiences – everyone from counselors, administrators, and teachers. Training topics include how ESL fits into an MTSS framework, ESL program implementation for charter schools, and teaching reading and writing to our ELL students.
What’s typical and what’s not when it comes to acquiring English as a second language.
An interesting article titled “Engaging Latino Families: Learning from an Autism Screening Program at a Community Based Clinic” by Keri Linas and Sandra Soto highlights some key take-aways for teachers and school districts in regards to encouraging family communication. Though the 2012 article focuses on a Georgetown University study conducted in a clinical setting between Latino families and medical staff, the lessons learned are also widely applicable to educators.
View PaTTAN’s upcoming summer conferences!
- Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families and Communities in a MTSS Framework
December 19, 2016
- Parents Magazine, The Power of Parents, February 2015
March 10, 2015
- ELLs in Special Education: Evidence and Practice
December 16, 2013
- Monitoring ELLs Progress in ESL Instruction in a Multi-Tiered System of Support
January 15, 2014
- Developing Intensive and Systematic Interventions for ELLs in Tiers 1, 2, and 3
February 10, 2014
- Train the Trainer Module on Literacy Development for English Language Learners
March 11, 2014