Staying on top of myriad practices can be complicated for a teacher with dual-language learners.
What they need is a platform that delivers reporting at strategic moments to help them understand each student's progress and offer links to specific lessons for targeted interventions.
But what does that platform look like? Here's a checklist of baseline features to look for:
■ Activities inspired and backed by educational research and proven studies, while also making learning fun for the kids
■ Both English and Spanish reading programs tailored to help learners make connections through prior knowledge and cultural identity
■ Formative assessments that employ blended learning and are adaptive for efficiency – these should provide responsive reteaching and immediate identification of the right follow-on instruction as well as use game-like functionality so students don't notice they're being tested
■ Data profiles for each student that offer immediate, accurate results that are understandable and usable by teachers and that track progress across tiers, groups, classes and campuses so administrators can monitor the effectiveness of the overall program
■ Teacher resources that include complete scripts for the educator-directed lessons, online lesson libraries, assignments, grouping mechanisms, printables and interventions
■ Connections made between school and home by equipping students as they head out of the classroom with entertaining interactive lessons, printable books and practice activities that encourage them to navigate their own learning; as well as a parent portal that gives quick access to their child’s progress
■ Timely, customizable professional development that is available face-to-face and online, along with technical support within easy reach
Data can help guide custom learning paths but educators must have the right tools to make that happen. Download this SmartFocus on how data can bridge dual-language learning gaps and boost student success.