What to do first in the ELL classroom

Learn about these important first steps that will help ELLs feel welcome and get them on the path to academic success. Strategies include creating a print-rich environment and connecting content to students' cultures and experiences.

Teacher: Amber Prentice Jimenez
Grade: 7 and 8
School Name: Middle School, Minneapolis, MN

What to do first: Creating a welcoming ELL classroom environment

Learn about these important first steps that will help ELLs feel welcome and get them on the path to academic success. This video features ELL educator Amber Prentice and is part of our Watch & Learn series, produced with the American Federation of Teachers.

Lesson Summary

Amber Prentice is an ELL and Spanish teacher with experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. While teaching in St. Paul, MN, Amber taught middle school ELL newcomers and refugees and led a number of initiatives to integrate ELL families into the school community. Amber has also taken an active role in leading teacher training programs, and was selected by the AFT to train female teacher trainers in Yemen and high school teachers in Afghanistan in a special professional development program.

Amber has served on the American Federation of Teacher ELL Cadre for three years and currently teaches middle school Spanish in California.