English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Educator Tools and Best Practices
A Series of Topic Briefs Produced for the New York State Education Department by Nonie K. Lesaux, PhD & Emily Phillips Galloway, EdD
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to present to you a series of eight topic briefs produced for NYSED by Nonie K. Lesaux, PhD from Harvard University & Emily Phillips Galloway, EdD from Vanderbilt University. These briefs are designed to aid New York State educators in implementing the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards; complement and support the Next Generation Standards and related documents; offer an expansion and deeper explanation of concepts embedded in the Standards, Introduction, and Preface; and provide additional guidance to the field particularly in settings serving linguistically diverse learners.
WestEd: Quality Education for English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners
The following briefs were prepared for the Office of Bilingual Education and World languages by WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
Blueprint for English Language Learner/ Multilingual Learner Success
The mission of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is to ensure that all New York State (NYS) students, including English Language Learners/ Multilingual Learners (ELLs/MLLs), attain the highest level of academic success and language proficiency. We strive to ensure that all students’ individual educational paths and socio-emotional needs are met in multiple languages leading them to college and career readiness. NYSED believes that all teachers are teachers of ELLs/MLLs.
In response to the changing global economy, NYSED has adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards to provide students, educators, and parents with a set of clear expectations leading to college and career readiness. Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the number of ELLs/MLLs enrolled in NYS public schools, resulting in a current population of 261,848 students who speak over 200 languages. In order for these students to succeed, NYSED needs to provide schools with the appropriate scaffolds, home language assessments, and materials so that teachers can provide instruction that will enable students to meet rigorous standards. Under the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Part 154, OBEWL affirms that it is not permissible to assume that unsupported immersion of ELLs/MLLs into an Englishspeaking environment will enable them to succeed academically.
The Next Generation Learning Standards require that every teacher be prepared to teach academic language and challenging content to all students, including ELLs/MLLs. All teachers must be skilled in how to support ELLs/MLLs as they acquire content knowledge while also progressing towards English language proficiency. It is imperative that all educators work across the content areas to ensure that all students meet the high demands of the Next Generation Learning Standards.
The principles that guide the Blueprint for English Language Learner/ Multilingual Learner Success were carefully developed as a statewide framework aimed to clarify expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare ELLs/MLLs for success, beginning in Prekindergarten, to lay the foundation for college and career readiness. These principles are intended to provide guidance, resources, and support to districts, schools, and teachers, as well as to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Bilingual Education, English as a New Language (ENL), and World Language Studies.
NYS Next Generation Learning Standards
Newcomer ELLs and SIFE
Publications & Articles
New resources will be made available to support districts and schools in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Learners (MLLs). In collaboration with ELL specialists at the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the new resources build upon the 2014 Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners Resource Guide for English Language Arts that are currently available.
Tools and Modules
ELLs and Technology
This powerpoint, a project of Heather Parris, Resource Specialist at the Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, outlines the many ways that ELL educators can use technology to enhance instruction.