ELL Made Simple Workshop: ELL Levers

December 7, 2017


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.


The Ell Made Simple workshop introduces participants to six specific evidence-based strategies that blend proficiency objectives with activities that activate and increase engagement, critical thinking, and application of learning.


These ELL Levers help K-12 teachers turn up the H.E.A.T. (Higher order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic connections, Technology) on student learning and close the achievement gap. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), up to 70% of 
English Learners are below
 basic in math and reading proficiency.2


Keep in mind that language proficiency is not a barrier, but only a variable! Changing one’s mindset to integrate the ELL Levers into daily instruction is the key.


2 U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 and 2013 Reading and Mathematics Assessments 

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