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How can I collaborate with colleagues to support ELLs?

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Don’t go on this journey alone. Whether you’re just starting to develop your practices around ELLs or you’re a veteran of the field, everyone can benefit from collaboration. Explore the resources on this page to see some great examples of ways educators can collaborate to improve teaching and learning for ELLs. Have a question? Make sure to ask it in our Q&A.


Collaborating to Plan a Lesson for ELLs

Begin by watching collaboration in action. In this video, Tita Ugalde and Maricela Rodriguez, who both teach primarily English Language Learners, get together to analyze student work and share strategies in order to plan CCSS lessons. After viewing the video, read the playlist blog to learn more about how these two teachers support each other and their ELLs.

Collaborating to Plan a Lesson for ELLs

Using Teaching Inquiry to Support ELLs

Using Teaching Inquiry to Support ELLs

One way to collaborate with colleagues is through an inquiry process. In this video, see how new teacher Jade Talbot engages in an inquiry process to improve her practice. Read more about the process in this blog post.


Learn From Each Other

Incorporate coaching cycles and other collaborative practices to make your own teaching stronger.

Watch how teachers learn from each other during team meetings and coaching cycles
Watch how an ELL, social studies, and ELA teacher all work together to support their students

Watch how teachers learn from each other during team meetings and coaching cycles.

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Watch how an ELL, social studies, and ELA teacher all work together to support their students.

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Try Different Models of Working with Your Colleagues

Read the two blogs below to learn about different ways you can work with your fellow teachers and the far-reaching benefits of collaboration for you, your colleagues, and all students.

 Try a co-teaching model
Use video to improve work with ELLs

Interested in trying a co-teaching model? Read about the benefits for teachers and students in this blog.

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Read about how one school district embarked on a professional learning adventure, using video to improve their work with ELLs.

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Want to improve your co-teaching practice? Take a look at Course 5843: Co-Teaching: Partners in Practice. This course will help you to reflect on what you can bring to a co-teaching framework, and to reflect on aspects of co-teaching that are essential for you (and your partner!) to succeed in that environment.

Looking for more help getting started with collaboration? Read this blog for important tips.


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