• Teacher Resources: ELD for English Learners

    English Language Development (ELD): ELD is a required component of all language instruction educational programs (LIEPs). ELD takes place daily throughout the day for ELs and is delivered by both ESL teachers and non-ESL teachers. ELD must be incorporated into all classes taught by non-ESL licensed teachers in which ELs are enrolled. These teachers are responsible for deliberately planning and incorporating language instruction as well as supports, modifications, and accommodations needed to allow ELs to access the standards to which the course is aligned. Tools for planning instruction for ELs are provided below.

    EL Overlay:

    • Developed by PDE on the SAS portal, these are overlays for English Language Arts and Mathematics standards designed to assist educators in developing instructional units, lessons, or activities that are meaningful and comprehensible for English language learners. 
    • English Language Development Standards comply with federal requirements for standards-based instructional and assessment planning for ELs.  Standards focus on social and instructional language, including productive and receptive language skills.
     
    Can Do Descriptors Grades 9-12
    • Click on this for descriptors of the four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and five levels of English language proficiency. These are based on the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards. This is a valuable tool to help high school teachers differentiate as they develop lesson plans. 
     
    Can Do Descriptors Grades 6-8 
    • Click on this for descriptors of the four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—and five levels of English language proficiency. These are based on the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards. This is a valuable tool to help middle school teachers differentiate as they develop lesson plans. 
    •  This is a checklist I use to track accommodations teachers make for English Learners (ELs) in their classes. Teacher can also consider this list and the information from individual student proficiency levels for ideas in differentiating instruction for ELs. 

     

    • Click on document for specific examples in multiple content areas of ways to assess ELLs based on proficiency level. 

     

    Protocols for EL Reclassification

    Reclassification of ELs: Teachers and ELD staff will use PDE language inventories to collaboratively determine reclassification of ELs