Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,123
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

From the website: "In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,083
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:10

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 948
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 925
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 465
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Planned Language Approach (PLA) for Early Childhood Programs

The Planned Language Approach (PLA) is a research-based system of services within an early childhood program designed to ensure high-quality, effective language and literacy instruction for dual language learners (DLLs) and children who speak only English.  This website provides guides,...

Number of views: 353
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:45

English Language Learners: A Growing—Yet Underserved—Student Population

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform presents research and data on the educational issues related to the US English language learner (ELL) population. The brief calls for urgency in supporting the fastest growing population of students in K–12 schools. Key takeaways from the research and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 341
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners: Resource Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics

These resource guides provide information to educators on how to incorporate scaffolds into lesson plans for English language learner (ELL) students. The guides—one in ELA and one in math—were developed by national experts in ELL instruction for the EngageNY curriculum. The scaffolds are based on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 330
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:22

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