About the ELL Levers

The ELL Levers promote research-based best practices and provide daily support for English learners with integrated proficiency connections.

Effective ELL instruction uses high-impact tools that blend proficiency objectives with hands-on, real-world activities. The ELL Levers represent proven best practices that have the greatest potential for impacting English Learner success. These levers support and promote English Learner priorities to close the ELL achievement gap.


What is an ELL Lever?

Like a simple machine, an ELL Lever is a specific evidence-based strategy that leverages the teachers’ planning and instructional delivery to provide optimum student learning. This is what we call the instructional advantage of an ELL Lever.


Evidence-Based Practices

Each ELL Lever possesses a moderate to strong effect size on student achievement based on current research and practice

21st Century

Each ELL Lever is grounded in 21st Century Skills and promotes the development of communication skills, social and academic language, and technology literacy

English Language Proficiency Standards

Each ELL Lever connects key English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) with research-based strategies for maximum impact on student language proficiency and academic success

Planning &

Each ELL Lever streamlines instructional planning and delivery by blending simple frameworks to execute highly engaging, student-directed instruction


Each ELL Lever expands the daily level of student learning through strategies and practice that promote higher order thinking, engaged learning, authentic connections, and effective technology use

College and Career Readiness

Each ELL lever supports the development of social language, academic knowledge, interpersonal skills, and applied thinking that promote college and career readiness for English Learners


Contact Us

Contact us to schedule a complimentary overview, schedule a workshop, or just get started making instruction simple, connected, and effective for English Learners.

Dr. Desirée Marks-Arias (214) 864-2704

Dr. Chris Moersch (858) 245-3746


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