Online Learning Designed for Students and Families

As a result of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, online learning has taken massive leaps across the country, virtual and overnight. The challenges of teaching and requirements of tools for learning now fall to parents and students, as well as teachers. Here is a list of resources geared to students and parents in a distant learning environment.

· Quality media and at-home learning opportunities for families during the coronavirus pandemic are provided by Common Sense Media.


· As parents and teachers collaborate to build students' access to learning, everyone is empowered. Here is a step-by-step guide to help parents understand how to use a valuable learning tool, Google Classroom:
Learning Google Classroom


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English Learner Interview

This is a time when many of us are profoundly missing our students, and possibly mourning the fact that we won't see them in person again this academic year.

It can be comforting and reinvigorating to remember that our students are still as vibrant and curious as ever, and we can still play an integral and positive role in their lives. 

With that in mind, we'd like to share an uplifting interview our co-founder Michelle conducted with a middle school English learner named Jianung. 

ELD success story  

E.L. Achieve Interview with Jianung 


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Secondary Systematic ELD Instructional Units: A Teacher’s Perspective

SysELDSecUnit1Cover 72dpi 1To engage successfully in coursework taught in English, secondary English learners must operate from a competent second-language base. Many adolescent ELs are LTELs, or long-term English learners. They have spent most or all of their educational careers in American schools and are comfortable using English in most settings. On the surface, these students do not seem to need specific language instruction. However, their verbal fluency often masks their need to gain a deeper understanding of English.

This is where the Secondary Systematic ELD Instructional Unitscome into play. They have been carefully designed to offer language instruction that is interactive, student centered, standards aligned, and specific to students’ identified proficiency level.

Six units are planned for three proficiency levels – New to English/Beginning, Expanding/Intermediate, and Bridging/Advanced. The goal of Unit 1: Pathways to Success is to learn language to interpret a range of concepts related to success. English learners learn about and explain habits of success, discuss challenges that prevent people from meeting goals, and observe ways to develop habits of success.

I was fortunate to have the chance to talk with Duyen My Tong, a Secondary Systematic ELD teacher who taught the unit last fall, about her work, the classroom, and how students responded to the new unit. 

Welcome, Duyen! Today we are going to talk about the SysELD Pathways to Success Expanding Unit.

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