A Collaborative Game Plan for Student Equity
What happens when teachers work to ensure their students’ success but that success remains elusive? Frustration. I hear frustration from teachers when they feel they are not meeting the needs of their students. Teachers care deeply.
3 Benefits of Restorative Dialogue for English Learners
In a recent episode of our Field Trip podcast, we talked with Grace Delgado, the Director of Language Acquisition, and Lorin Furlow, the Director of Special Services, of Brazosport Independent School District near Houston, Texas. Grace and Lorin have developed and incorporated restorative practices with ELL classroom tools in a way that is making a profound difference in their school district.Continue Reading
4 Ways to Support Staff Working with English Language Learners
Being a director of programs supporting English language learners (ELLs) is truly a balancing act. Just like a juggler with spinning plates, we always have our eye on the prize of student success. We know, however, that unless each staff member involved is fully committed to supporting the ELLs, one of those plates might come crashing to the ground. So, how can we keep those plates spinning? And just who are the individuals represented by these "plates"? Who are those staff members that contribute to ELL success?
High-Stakes Evaluations and the Teacher Shortage
No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, the Every Student Succeeds Act - all inspiring names, all painting a picture of education in which each student learns to her full potential. But what happens when well-intended laws yield unintended results? (We're looking at you, NCLB.)Continue Reading