How to Advocate for Your ELLs

elladvocacy“This amazing guidebook is the latest tool in our advocacy arsenal for educators, families, and community members who need practical strategies and step-by-step instructions on fighting for the rights of ELL students. English Language Learners deserve the same right to a great public-school education as their English-speaking peers. They deserve access to a rich curriculum and validation of their home language and culture. They deserve educators who are trained to teach them, schools that welcome their families, and fair funding. They deserve an education community that shares a sense of urgency and responsibility for their well-being. They deserve the best we have to give them. These are America’s students, and the nation can’t afford to let them down.”

A complete guide, free to download:  How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners ELL_AdvocacyGuide2015

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TESOL Technology Standards

A great quote from the publication states, “Computers will not replace teachers. However, teachers who use computers will replace teachers who don’t.” —Ray Clifford, Defense Language Institute

The preface for the standards said, “Teachers have long used technology in teaching. The pace and extent of change in technology for teaching, however, have made it difficult for many teachers, teacher educators, and administrators to know how best to employ computers, other forms of digital technology, and the global interaction enabled by the Internet in language teaching. These Technology Standards, gleaned from practice and research, focus on how English language teachers, teacher educators, and administrators can and should use technology in and out of the classroom. These standards build on work done by the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), but have a strong focus on pedagogy specific to English language teaching (ELT). They are designed to be applicable to teachers and students at a range of English proficiency levels in many English language teaching and learning settings around the world. The authors recognize that technology remains intimidating to many teachers but strongly believe that the appropriate use of technology by a trained teacher can greatly benefit language learners. Administrators and teacher educators should also be aware of these standards in order to apply them when designing programs at their institutions.”

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