ELL Strategies for Administrators

If you are looking for more information about serving your ELLs and you're not sure where to start, you've come to the right place! The titles on this booklist cover a wide range of essential topics for school leaders, from program design, instruction, and assessment to strategies for creating a culture of success and expanding family outreach.

Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs: A Guide for Administrators and Teachers

Gottlieb and Nguyen have created an excellent guide to developing a comprehensive assessment framework that can be used across a wide variety of language education programs. They begin by describing how they developed what they refer to as the Balanced Assessment and Accountability System, Inclusive and Comprehensive (BASIC) and successfully implemented it in a large suburban school district in Illinois.

Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners

In this user-friendly and much needed resource book, ELL experts Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove provide a blueprint for the what, where, when, why, who, and how of collaboration on behalf of ELLs. They explore the role of school culture, instructional programs, and administrator support in collaboration and offer detailed examples and recommendations for addressing scheduling considerations, developing co-teaching models, and implementing both informal and formal collaboration initiatives with ELLs' needs in mind.

Effective Schooling for English Language Learners: What Elementary Principals Should Know and Do

Product description: Organized around a series of "Critical Questions" and "Leadership Challenges," this book offers knowledge and expertise about the elementary principal's leadership role in: effective instructional strategies; student assessment; school climate; parent involvement; and other ways to improve the academic achievement of English Language learners.

English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators

Written in a user-friendly question and answer format, this outstanding guide compiles a number of questions and concerns from administrators around the country and provides concise answers written by more than 50 leading ELL experts and researchers. Major themes include policy and accountability requirements, the school-community connection, language acquisition, program development and implementation, assessment, and advocacy. Strongly recommended for pre-service study groups, professional development activities, and professional learning communities.

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

School leaders know that the journey to equity can involve turmoil and controversy. This illuminating book demonstrates how in the most effective schools here and worldwide, equity is the most powerful means we have to lift all children to higher achievement.  The authors challenge the “zero sum” myth head-on, arguing that equity is truly the path to excellence – for low AND high-achieving students, and our educational system overall.

Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice

Dr. Wayne E. Wright offers a timely overview of the ELL field for educators and administrators that includes chapters about: ELL demographics; second-language theory; historical background; ELL policy at the federal, state, and local level; ELL assessment; language instruction; content-area instruction; primary language support; and technology in the classroom. Chapters tools such as guiding questions, activities, key terms, supporting documents, and exercises available on a companion website make this an essential resource for pre-service courses and professional development.

Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners: A Guide for Principals

Betty J. Alford and Mary Catherine Niño present an informative guide that will provide administrators important insights on the structural and strategic changes needed to create an environment in which ELLs will succeed. Some of these approaches focus creating a culture of academic achievement for ELLs; others focus on building capacity and examining opportunities for school improvement while meeting the needs of ELLs. The authors provide detailed rubrics, tools, and lists of recommended resources/websites to supplement the content of each chapter.

Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys

Product Description: As a group, Black and Latino boys face persistent and devastating disparities in achievement when compared to their White counterparts. Schooling for Resilience investigates how seven newly formed schools, created specifically to serve boys of color, set out to address the broad array of academic and social problems faced by Black and Latino boys.

Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs: Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools

In this helpful guide, Professor Sonia Soltero of DuPaul University takes a fresh look at the schoolwide factors that influence ELL achievement and offers suggestions on how to orient the entire school community towards ELL success. She includes a timely discussion of language learning myths, the role of public opinion on ELL programming, and the socioeconomic realities that can affect students and parents alike, as well as classroom ideas and recommendations for leadership and advocacy.

Supporting English Language Learners: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators

Learn how to help ELLs thrive in the classroom and school community from veteran educator Farin A. Houk. Written in a style that is thoughtful, compassionate, and easy to read, Houk offers numerous examples and specific strategies to assist school leaders (at the classroom, department, and administrative levels) develop a schoolwide plan for addressing ELLs' needs, allocating resources on behalf of ELLs, providing effective instruction, and becoming advocates at the district and local level.

Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders

In this well-researched and helpful guide, ELL expert Debbie Zacarian presents administrators with a framework to help understand and meet their own ELL population's needs. Emphasizing policy and best practices, Dr. Zacarian outlines strategies for effective instruction and assessment, referring to numerous student examples throughout the text. Dr. Zacarian also offers in-depth information about serving ELLs with learning differences/disabilities, the importance of family engagement, and making appropriate data-driven decisions regarding ELLs.