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Best Practices for English Learner Success

by Andi Diaz on October 18, 2019

After you’ve chosen a learning solution that works best for your English learners, make sure you take a look at these strategies that help teachers drive success.

Emphasize professional development.

Julie Robinson, a professional development specialist at Istation, states that while training may be “easy to find, teachers are overwhelmed already, and they’re not going to take the time to go in and find it if they perceive it as being another difficult task.”

To this end, make sure your district or school dedicates personal development hours when the instructional staff can sit and hear from experts about how to use the software you’ve adopted.

Prepare students for testing.

Stating your expectations and letting students know the importance of testing gives the resulting data more validity. Istation, for example, includes scripts that teachers can quickly read over and then repeat back in their own words.

Learn how to work with the data.

That’s where “the rubber meets the road for teachers,” Robinson said. Identify the reports that provide the immediate insights you need to optimize students’ learning. She urges teachers to do their own progress monitoring every month alongside the assessments Istation delivers.

Leverage the functions in your program to stay connected with parents.

Istation lets teachers email or print the program’s lessons, materials, and books to parents and guardians. The Parent Portal is also part of the software and an effective way to keep everything in one hub.

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Topics: English Language Learners