The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners

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Put all English learners on the path to success?right from the start!

As more beginning ELs enroll in schools every year, educators need a realistic framework for addressing the varied needs of this growing population. In this practical resource, the authors provide templates, tools, and vignettes illustrating real-world challenges to help teachers and administrators:

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Overview

Put all English learners on the path to success—right from the start!

As more beginning ELs enroll in schools every year, educators need a realistic framework for addressing the varied needs of this growing population. In this practical resource, the authors provide templates, tools, and vignettes illustrating real-world challenges to help teachers and administrators:

  • Learn strategies for teaching beginning level ELs across the curriculum
  • Create a welcoming environment for students and families
  • Reach out to students from both literacy and non-literacy-oriented homes
  • Design programs that meet the needs of beginning ELs and students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)

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Editorial Reviews

Michelle DaCosta
“This book provides a wonderful look at the complexities of providing newcomers with a welcoming school environment and appropriate instruction. The book clearly reveals that the needs of these students requires more than ‘just good teaching.’”
Glen Ishiwata
“More than ever, educators are facing large numbers of English Learners (ELs), each coming with specific needs. The authors present a comprehensive text of how educators can and should work with these students and their families. Many of the strategies presented can be applied to other students as well. This book will be a valuable asset to every educator who wants each of his or her students to succeed.”
Michelle Da Costa
“This book provides a wonderful look at the complexities of providing newcomers with a welcoming school environment and appropriate instruction. The book clearly reveals that the needs of these students requires more than ‘just good teaching.’”
Katherine Lobo
“This book will be of great interest to all educators of English learners because we all have beginners who arrive at any time during the school year, in our various schools and districts. The authors skillfully use scenarios to connect the theory to the practice andhelps create a framework in which to plan for programming as well as classroom instruction.”
Jennifer Paul
“The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learnersisn’t your run-of-the-mill, boring professional development book for educators. With accurate portrayals of real-world situations that will make readers shake their fists in anger and smile at successes, this book is a must-have for improving EL identification and curriculum in any district.”
Yvonne S. Freeman
"The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners gets at the heart of what is key for working with beginning ELs and helps educators gain a complete understanding of these students’ needs and the factors that influence them. "
Andrea Honigsfeld
"Debbie Zacarian and Judie Haynes joined forces again and created a much needed, comprehensive text in The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners. Students who are new to the English language and often new to the United States and the US school system frequently encounter complex challenges, so their teachers need to be prepared and ready to help. This book will serve as an indispensable resource for teachers to tackle this task, and to do so with knowledge, skills, confidence, and advocacy for new English Learners! "
Nancy Cloud
"The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners is a direct, concise and straight-forward volume for practitioners serving newly arrived English Language Learners. It captures the assets and resources beginning ELLs bring into the classroom and focuses on effective educational responses for each group of beginning English learners, built around a solid understanding of key learner characteristics, including literacy levels, cultural characteristics and other important learner factors that may come into play such as poverty and/or trauma experienced. The authors have created a useful working guide, supported by plenty of helpful examples and tools, which schools can use to facilitate Professional Development Communities, following a structured book study process. "
Helaine W. Marshall
"At a time when the U.S. is experiencing record number of English learners, many of whom enter the country not only as beginners in English language, but with a wide range of other needs as well, this carefully researched, practical guide will serve as the primary support for both teachers and administrators seeking to do a more comprehensive job of responding to what is arguably their most vulnerable student population. Zacarian and Haynes provide a close examination of the diversity within the group of beginner ELs, who are often lumped together based on language proficiency alone. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452226156
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 712,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Zacarian is known nationally for her work in advancing student achievement, policies, programming and professional development with schools and higher education institutions with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse populations. She is a popular and frequent speaker at national and international conferences of major education organizations, including the National Title 1 Association, Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Developers, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as state conferences throughout the United States.

Dr. Zacarian consults with state agencies, school districts, and colleges throughout the United States and is an Author Consultant for Corwin Press. She is also the founder and president of Debbie Zacarian, Ed D & Associates.

Dr. Zacarian’s accessible explanations of the most current research into practical instructional, school-climate, and parent engagement strategies as well as strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced by teachers and administrators.

In addition, she is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, books, teacher training and coaching manuals, strategic plans, and policies. Her most recent professional books include:

  • Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement
  • Transforming Schools for English learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders
  • The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas

An expert in policies and practices, Dr. Zacarian:

  • Writes policies for many urban, suburban and rural districts. Her work includes the Boston Public Schools’ policies for English learners
  • Served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center and Federation for Children with Special Needs
  • Wrote Serving English Learners: laws, policies and regulations, a user-friendly guide about US federal laws for Colorín Colorado
  • Served as a consultant with the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Advisory Committee of the Delaware Governor’s Office, Children’s Department, and Office of Education

For over a decade, Dr. Zacarian was on the faculty of University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In addition to teaching and service work, she co-wrote/was co-principal investigator of a multi-year national professional development grant. Dr. Zacarian was also the founder and director of the Center for English Language Education and Advancing Student Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services and the founding director of Amherst Public Schools bilingual and English learner program where she and the district received many local, state and national honors for its work with English learners.

Bring Debbie Zacarian to you! Debbie is available for workshops, keynotes, and consulting services. Click to learn more about her workshops:

Unleashing the Power of Academic Language
Transforming Practice Using Research-Based Data Tools
Transformational Leadership and Supervision Practices for Educators of English Learners
Supporting Success for Beginning English Language Learners

For a recording of Debbie Zacarian's webinar, Unleashing the Power of Academic Language, please click here: http://www.corwin.com/learning/zacarian.html

Judie Haynes is a freelance professional development provider and teacher with 28 years’ experience in teaching English as a second language. She has published six books, including Getting Started With English Language Learners (ASCD, 2007) and Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (ASCD, 2010). Judie also contributed chapters to Integrating the ESL Standards Into Classroom Practice, Grades K-2 (TESOL, 2000) and Authenticity in Language Classroom and Beyond (TESOL, 2010). She was also a columnist for TESOL's Essential Teacher.

Judie is the editor and owner of everything ESL.net, a website for teachers of English learners. She is cofounder and moderator of #ELLCHAT, an online chat for teachers of English learners. She provides keynote addresses and workshops to TESOL affiliates and school districts all over the United States.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
1. Seeing the Big Picture
2. Taking a Closer Look
3. Effective Programming for English Learners
4. Selecting Models of Instruction
5. Strengthening Family - School Engagement
6. Teaching Beginners
7. Working With English Learners Who Have Experienced Trauma
8. Teaching English Learners With Limited or Interrupted Formal Education
9. Providing Effective Professional Development
References
Index

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