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Engaging English Learners Through Access to Standards

A Team-Based Approach to Schoolwide Student Achievement
By: Shelley Fairbairn, Stephaney Jones-Vo

Foreword by Jeff Zwiers

Expert research, instructive tables and templates, essays, and real-life teacher and parent stories illuminate best practices for cross-curricular, standards-based instruction that gets results!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483319889
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: August 05, 2015

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Use this six-part strategy for measurable, cross-curricular EL achievement!

How can districts and schools successfully promote academic English language development through teaching content knowledge and standards-based skills and abilities? This thoroughly researched book provides concrete answers. You’ll find practical steps and ideas for developing collaborative, cross-curricular programs that address EL-specific needs. Clear tables and templates, essays, expert research, and real-life teacher and parent stories illuminate best practices for appropriate standards-based instruction that gets results.

Using the authors’ six-part ENGAGE Model, you’ll learn to:

  • Establish a shared vision for serving ELs
  • Name the expertise to utilize within collaborative teams
  • Gather and analyze EL-specific data
  • Align standards-based assessments and grading to ELs’ linguistic and content development
  • Ground standards-based instruction in both content and language development
  • Examine results to inform next steps

Use this groundbreaking guide to accelerate progress and ensure effective instruction for all ELs!

“Learning requires attention, engagement, and quality instruction. This book provides all three necessary components in one place; a model that teachers can use to ensure that their English learners achieve.”
-Douglas Fisher
San Diego State University

"This book should be a mandatory must read for all educators as we continue to serve our diverse student populations and strive to ensure we are honestly reaching academic achievement for each and every student!"
-Michele R. Dean
Coordinator,Ventura Unified School District

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Key features

(1) The book is organized around a ground-breaking model (ENGAGE) that builds school-wide capacity for cross-curricular engagement of ELs in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), based upon shared understandings and perspectives supportive of ELs.

(2) A schoolwide approach to the topic: chapters outline responsibilities of all members of the school community in support of EL achievement including administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders.

(3) Offers practical, step-by-step guidance on such vital topics as aligning standards-based assessments and grading with students' linguistic abilities, how to ground standards-based instruction in both content and language development, and applying the EL differentiation lens to the analysis of student performance data.

(4) Detailed examples of the model-in-action at various grade levels and in multiple content areas.

(5) Sample lessons tied to both the CCSS and NGSS.

(6) Tools and templates for use by administrators and teachers.


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Shelley Fairbairn

Shelley Fairbairn, Ph.D., is a veteran ESL/EFL teacher and an associate professor in the Drake University School of Education in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teaching foci include preparing pre-service teachers to design effective lesson plans and assessments for K-12 students and empowering both pre- and in-service teachers to meet the needs of English language learners through linguistically and culturally responsive practice. Prior to joining the Drake University School of Education faculty, Dr. Fairbairn concurrently taught English as a second language courses for the Drake University International Center and served as a K-12 ESL teacher in two Des Moines area school districts.

Dr. Fairbairn’s international experience includes three years of teaching English as a foreign language in Jakarta, Indonesia and one year of teaching ESL and ESL certificate courses at the Regional Language Centre in Singapore. More recently, she has conducted teacher professional development sessions and workshops in China, Canada, and across the U.S., often with Stephaney Jones-Vo, co-author of Differentiating Instruction and Assessment of English Language Learners: A Guide for K-12 Teachers (Caslon Publishing). Her additional scholarly work focuses primarily on effective assessment and instructional practices for ELLs.
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Stephaney Jones-Vo

Stephaney Jones-Vo is president of Starfish Education, LLC focusing on equity for English Learners. With over a decade of Title III grant directing, refugee sponsorship, and K-12 ESL classroom teaching experience, she served as an English Learner and Diversity consultant at a regional state education agency supporting multiple school districts to increase English Learner achievement. She has designed and facilitated ESL endorsement and cultural competence courses at several universities. A frequent presenter in the U.S. and in Canada, she has co- authored multiple books, chapters, and articles; designed and delivered a variety of adult ESL classes for specific purposes and in the workplace, and advocated widely for English Learners.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. The ENGAGE Model

2. Establish a Shared Vision for Serving ELs

3. Name and Capitalize Upon Relevant Expertise Within Collaborative Teams

4. Gather and Analyze EL-Specific Data

5. Align Standards-Based Assessments and Grading With ELs’ Current Levels of Linguistic and Content Development

6. Ground Standards-Based Instruction in Content and Language Development

7. Examine Results to Inform and Drive Next Steps




Price: $39.95
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