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September 29, 2022

The Latest News from REL Mid-Atlantic

An update from another one of the RELs – again with no specific K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items included.

September 24, 2022

Changing Schools | September newsletter

Some of these items may be of interest to readers.

September 11, 2022

REL Southeast Director’s Email—September, 2022

An update from one of the RELs – no K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this one.

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Dr. Nicole Patton TerryREL Southeast

Director’s Email

September 2022

Greetings from the REL Southeast,

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, English learners account for over 10 percent of the K–12 student population in the United States, and that number is growing. English learners are students for whom English is not their first or primary language spoken at home and who experience difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language. Many English learners are denied the opportunity to learn successfully in classrooms where the language of instruction is English. Like all students, English learners bring unique strengths to the classroom, with language and cultural differences playing critical roles in student success in school and in the larger U.S. society. This month, the REL Southeast would like to offer resources designed to help educators, families, and caregivers support English learners. We hope you find these materials useful, and as always, thank you for helping to improve educational outcomes for every student in our region.

With gratitude,

Dr. Nicole Patton Terry
Director, REL Southeast

Infographics

Infographics


Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Elementary English Learner Students

This infographic provides a quick reference to these evidence-based instructional strategies that can be used daily by elementary classroom teachers to support effective instruction for their English learner students.

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Identifying and Meeting the Needs of English Learner Students with Disabilities

This infographic provides questions and evidence-based practices from research that can help schools, districts, and states develop effective procedures for identifying, assessing, and supporting English learner students who may have learning disabilities.

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Translanguaging to Support Students’ Bilingual and Multilingual Development

This infographic focuses on translanguaging, a theory that allows teachers to mobilize all of students’ linguistic skills to support and develop learning outcomes.

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Additional Resources


Multilingualism and Translanguaging in the Classroom

This video provides an overview of the benefits of multilingualism and translanguaging in schooling, including how language abilities are interconnected, how these abilities are used in complex ways to create meaning, and how students are able to effectively communicate using all the linguistic resources available to them.

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Multilingualism and Translanguaging in the Classroom

Family and Caregiver Activities for Supporting Young English Learners at Home

These family and caregiver activities are designed to provide simple, fun activities families and caregivers can use with young English learner children at home to leverage cultural and linguistic assets and knowledge to strengthen language development in either the home language or English.

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Using Professional Learning Communities to Implement Evidence-Based Practices for English Learner Students in Alabama

As Alabama’s EL students continue to grow their proficiency with English, Alabama’s educators are seeking ways to improve achievement outcomes and close the achievement gap between EL students and their peers. With support from the Region 7 Comprehensive Center, the State has been working to develop and implement a Framework for EL Success, improving systems and creating shifts in practice to better meet the needs of EL students and teachers who support them.

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August 27, 2022

Changing Schools | Best First Instruction

The second of two items from the folks at the MCREL.

Supports to help you reach your goals

The first of two items from the folks at the MCREL.

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