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Watch the full webinar: Schooolwide Best Practices for English Learners

On April 30, Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove presented an hour-long webinar, Schoolwide Best Practices to Support English Learners. This free event, sponsored by NPR, Inc, was well attended and well reviewed by an engaged audience of school administrators, department heads, and teachers of English learners. For those who were unable to attend or unaware of the live event, the full video of the presentation, along with downloadable speaker handouts, can be viewed at

Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove are well known and highly respected experts on collaborative practices for English learners. They have co-authored several books on the topic, as well as the NPR, Inc. quick-reference laminated guide, ELLs: Co-Teaching and Collaboration.

Andrea Honigsfeld
Maria Dove

In the presentation, Honigsfeld and Dove

  • Explored the meaning of rigorous instruction for English learner
  • Examined a school-framework for the success of all students
  • Shared examples of successful implementation

They identified and reviewed some research-based practices for ELs, including:

  • Explicit skill and strategy instruction
  • High-levels of student engagement
  • Teacher clarity
  • Opportunities for students to practice
  • Targeted mini-lessons
  • Formative assessment and ongoing feedback

The video archive of this webinar is a valuable resource for anyone working with English learners. Be sure to follow us on social media for announcements of future free webinars with our authors.

ELLs: Thinking Skills and Common Core State Standards

ELLs: Thinking Skills and CCSS for ELAWe thought we’d end the 12 Days of NPR Inc., with our most recently released laminated reference guide. In ELLs: Thinking Skills and CCSS Focus on the Six Shifts, by author Estee Lopez, you’ll find evidence-based instructional approaches as well as best practices for helping English Language Learners meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

The Common Core State Standards for ELA requires students to engage higher level thinking skills and language, as well as have an understanding of complex works of literature. Dr. Lopez structured the guide around the 6 shifts embodied in the CCSS for ELA. You’ll find explanations, implications for ELLs, best practices, and examples of scaffolding for ELLs.

This is a great reference guide for teachers and administrators to ensure all students, including ELLs succeed in the new Common Core State Standards for ELA.

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