In this article featured on EdWeek I share my experience, as well as current research and recommendations for working with English Language Learners. Since the initial post in 2012, not much has changed in relation to how ELL students are tracked and instructed. Certainly this is still an area for growth and improvement, moreover changing the status quo of how we label ELL from the moment they enter the classroom is problematic. That is not to say that ELL students are not in need of additional support, I argue that all students are in need of support just in different ways.
As classroom teachers we need to begin the process of supporting students from day one with Individual Learning Plans that take into consideration students’ cultural and linguistic background, interests and aspirations, as well as the students’ social, emotional, and physical development