We know that teachers of English Language Learners play many roles within their school communities: You are teachers, you are often very involved in family engagement, you often provide insights into culturally responsive pedagogy and resources, you frequently serve as the welcome committee for newcomers, and, of course focus on language acquisition as well. It’s a lot and we applaud you for all you are doing.
ELL teachers know more than anyone, that so much is lost when we think of the children of immigrants simply as language learners. ELLs make up just over 10% of our national school aged population. The children of immigrants make up for 26% of children in the U.S. They come to school eager to carve out a place of belonging. They want to learn English, acculturate, make new friends, and succeed.
It is our job to support them academically, culturally, and socially. The resources we have collected below will help you do that. Some of them are intended to support your professional learning, others are resources that we encourage you to use in the classroom with students. We recognize that any collection represents just a slice of of what is available. Please share high quality resources that you think we should include when we revise the list.