ELPA21 partnered directly with educators nationwide to uncover the most immediate needs of educators working with English learners (ELs). Alongside leading researchers and EL educators, ELPA21 developed a set of resources in this toolkit to support high-quality, data-informed instruction and assessment for ELs.
Among the resources developed, a set of infographics and tip sheets are included to inform knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to culturally-sensitive topics. Infographics were developed to produce highly accessible content for educators while tip sheets provide a deeper dive into the topic areas.
The student profile resource sets the stage for collaborative instructional planning by encouraging and supporting educators in gathering relevant information for each English learner they serve. Taking it a step further, the family questionnaire engages families in the educational process and paints a broader picture of the outside school context to help maximize student success. From the information gathered in the student profile, we encourage educators to work together to complete the personalized instructional plan.
The English Learner Performance Measure is a tool to provide educators with a snapshot of how ELs are performing in each of the four domains of language—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This measure can help inform instruction when added to formal assessment measures. Evaluating performance for each domain will provide for more intentional scaffolding to target instructional support for ELs.