Multilingual/ English Language Learners (ML/EL)
Multilingual is a strengths-based label that recognizes those students who have the ability to become bilingual or multilingual through school-based instruction and highlights that the ability to speak more than one language is a highly valuable life skill.
Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 105,000 Multilingual students, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds.These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators.The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) works for the embodiment of an asset-based approach to educating Multilingual students that honors their primary languages, background knowledge, and experiences.
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- –Professional Development Pathways (Word) – Includes links to a variety of topics and resources to support any EL educator (VDOE)
- –VDOE Title III Professional Development Calendar 2019-2020 (VDOE)
- –WIDA Self-paced eWorkshops Flyer (VDOE)
- –Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity
- –Strengths-Based Instruction for English Language Learners
- –Using a Strengths-Based Approach with ELs: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress
- –Engaging ELL Families: 20 Strategies for School Leaders
- –Getting to Know Your ELLs: Six Steps for Success
- –Culturally Relevant Books in the ELL Classroom
- –Honoring Family in the Classroom
- –Creating Culturally Responsive Classroom Environments
- –Connecting with ELL Families: Strategies for Success
- –TESOL Blog: Teaching Elementary-Age ELs the Hidden Curriculum by Judie Haynes
- –Creating a College-Going Culture
- –Social & Emotional Support for ELLs and Immigrant Students
- –ELLs in Gifted/Talented Programs
- –Strategies to Identify and Support English Learners With Learning Disabilities
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