It is well documented that there is a significant gap between the English language knowledge many English learners possess and what they need to meet the Common Core and succeed academically. Yet educators rarely receive the support they need to provide explicit instruction in advanced uses of English to help students express complex thinking. Closing this language gap is the focus of E.L. Achieve’s work through its initiatives: Systematic ELD and Constructing Meaning.
There is an exciting convergence in the field which we share here:
Refining Our Thinking: Serving English learners throughout the instructional day.
Our organization was built on the belief that increasing English learner achievement requires a system-wide approach. We work with district leaders, site administrators, and classroom teachers as they gain the skills, knowledge, and tools to be solidly prepared to ensure sustainable English learner academic achievement. Achieving a skillful command of English depends on a number of factors, but quality of instruction is most important. Educators at classroom, site, and district levels need a clear and confident approach to support language development throughout the instructional day.