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Georgia ESOL Educators’ Guide to Supporting English Learners

Georgia ESOL Educators’ Guide to Supporting English Learners

According to Georgia’s State ESSA plan, the state serves approximately 110,000 English learners, representing approximately 5% of the state’s overall student population. To address the needs of this growing segment of the student population, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) educators are working harder than ever to refine administrative and instructional practices to help develop EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

To support you in your efforts, we’ve assembled a curated list of our top resources focused on helping Georgia ELs achieve success in the classroom.

Build Strong Instructional Programs

Based on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results reported on The Nation’s Report Card, 35 percent of 4th grade students and 31 percent of 8th grade students nationwide scored at or above proficient in math, but for English language learners, those numbers are 6.1 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. In reading, 35 percent of the national sample of 4th grade students and 35 percent of 8th grade students scored at or above proficient, while for ELs, those numbers were only 9.8 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.

Clearly, ELs are not achieving at the same levels as their English proficient peers, which is often due in part to the additional barriers these students must first conquer regarding language before then being able to grasp academic concepts. One of the most important ways to support ELs is to ensure that your school or district implements pedagogical approaches that accommodate a variety of educational needs. Utilize these planning guides to create or refine your instructional programs to support an environment in which ELs and all students will thrive.

Special Populations Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students, including ELs.

A Guide to Engaging Your EL Parents

It's not uncommon for parents of EL students to feel intimidated or discouraged from becoming actively engaged with their children's education due to language barriers or other cultural differences. We gathered several resources to help you find ways to encourage your EL parents to engage more.

Personalized Learning How-To Guide

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of students, improving learning outcomes for all. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

Reading and Literacy Workbook

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success for all student populations. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.

Credit Recovery Workbook

According to the U.S. Department of Education, in spring 2016, 56.5 percent of Georgia ELs graduated high school, which is 17 percent below the 80.2 percent graduation rate for all Georgia students. Because of the additional obstacles ELs face, they often fall behind, so it’s important to have a credit recovery program in place to help students catch up and get on track to graduation. Edmentum’s credit recovery workbook will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Implement Classroom Strategies That Support Language Development and Academic Achievement

Breakthroughs in student learning happen in the classroom, and as you work toward closing the achievement gap between ELs and non-ELs through more inclusive and accessible instructional practices, we hope you will find the resources below helpful.

Looking for an online learning partner to help support your English language learners? Learn more about how Edmentum is Supporting Georgia ELs with WIDA™ Prime V2™ Correlated programs.

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Madison Michell

Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.