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What We Do

ELL Made Simple currently provides onsite and online professional development and coaching that specifically recognizes the challenges that teachers are facing as they close the English Learner achievement gap exacerbated by COVID-19. We also understand the additional challenges that teachers may face when providing a virtual or hybrid education experience directly to EL students.

 

The key to successful language acquisition and high-level student engagement for EL students is ensuring that the learning environment is seen as a variable rather than a barrier. ELL Made Simple's PD cohorts follow a 3-stage process to give teachers the confidence and competence they need to close the Post-COVID-19 Achievement Gap.

 
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3 Stages to Success

Stage 1: Building Capacity

Building Capacity focuses on building the critical pedagogical capacity focusing on the six ELL Levers, reading and math diagnostic assessments, H.E.A.T., and the existing digital assets to promote the change process aligned with English Language Proficiency Standards.

Stage 2: Implementing Change

Implementing Change involves the assisted implementation of the ELL Levers and H.E.A.T. in the classroom.

Stage 3: Sustaining Independence

Sustaining Independence involves full-scale implementation of H.E.A.T. and the ELL Levers with a high level of fidelity and consistency impacting language proficiency and academic achievement.

 

At the conclusion of each stage of the process, teacher cohort members will be experts at strategies for closing the COVID-19 Achievement Gap.

 
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Building Capacity Outcomes

  • Introducing the ELL Levers to elevate the amount of student H.E.A.T. in the classroom

  • Developing classroom expectations aligned with H.E.A.T. and ELL Levers


  • Establishing classroom routines for continuous improvement through targeted onsite and/or remote professional development and coaching

  • Creating Next Steps plans aligned with targeted campus academic goals


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Implementing Change Outcomes

  • Implementing the ELL Levers through instructional coaching and feedback

  • Elevating the level of rigor based on the tenets of H.E.A.T. and the ELL Levers

  • Creating a process for self-monitoring individual H.E.A.T. levels in the classroom

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Sustaining Independence Outcomes

  • Achieving targeted goals for language proficiency and academic achievement based on state language (e.g., TELPAS) and academic achievement (e.g., STAAR) assessments.

  • Implementing the tenets of H.E.A.T. and ELL Levers in all cohort classrooms

  • Focusing the professional learning community process on greater rigor, differentiated instruction, and small group learning based on the ELL Levers

PD Cohorts are Supportive and United by a Common Goal

Accelerates self-directed learning

Virtual/Onsite cohort workshops clarify personalized learning

Promotes EL online, hybrid, or in-class discussion, dialog, and questioning

Virtual/Onsite cohort workshops and resources maximize teacher participation

Promotes differentiated lessons aligned to the ELPS

Cohort database streamlines differentiation

Expands learning connections in a virtual, hybrid, or in-class learning environment

Virtual/Onsite cohort resources create personal connections for ELs

Facilitates virtual, hybrid, or in-class collaboration for ELs

Virtual/Onsite cohort workshops simplify online, hybrid, or in-class collaboration

Leverages non-linguistic communication for critical thinking and engagement

Virtual/Onsite cohorts leverage audio/visual options for engaging ELs in critical thinking

 

Contact Us

Want to simplify your lesson plans and teaching for EL students? Reach out now!

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

Dr. Chris Moersch (858) 245-3746

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