E.L. Achieve’s mission is to assist educators in equipping English learners for academic achievement. Because the work of increasing English learner success must be collective and sustained, E.L. Achieve takes a system-wide approach and focuses on long-term collaborative planning and implementation.
It is well documented that there is a significant gap between the English language knowledge many English learners possess and what they need to meet the Common Core and succeed academically. Yet educators rarely receive the support they need to provide explicit instruction in advanced uses of English to help students express complex thinking. Closing this language gap is the focus of E.L. Achieve’s work through its initiatives: Systematic ELD and Constructing Meaning.
Our organization was built on the belief that increasing English learner achievement requires a system-wide approach. We work with district leaders, site administrators, and classroom teachers as they gain the skills, knowledge, and tools to be solidly prepared to ensure sustainable English learner academic achievement. Achieving a skillful command of English depends on a number of factors, but quality of instruction is most important. Educators at classroom, site, and district levels need a clear and confident approach to support language development throughout the instructional day.
English Learner Achievement:
Our collective responsibility
E.L. Achieve partner districts that are interested in establishing an internal team of certified presenters or expanding an existing Presenter team can find additional information about our summer leadership seminars on our Events page. Seminars are being offered in:
Services for Capacity Building
We establish partnerships with districts and employ a district capacity-building model that initially provides intensive services,
support, and guidance, while preparing district, school, and teacher leaders to take charge of their improvement process.
From the Blog…
To learn a new language, students need to use it. In this blog series, we discuss Student Interaction Routines, which are task-based strategies that help ensure each student strategically practices using new language multiple times during every lesson. Developing a robust wheelhouse of interaction routines enhances student engagement and increases productive talk time. Our first installment – “What’s Practice Got to Do with It?” (Part 1) - introduced research and explored the efficacy of these interactive strategies.
|Every Voice Is Heard: Talking Stick (Part 3)|
English learners build their skill and adroitness with language when they have lots of “mileage on the tongue.” Talking Stick is a structured routine that provides ample opportunities for students to develop interaction skills while using the target language numerous times in a session. This is a great choice when students need to build fluency or are struggling with high leverage language. Straightforward, easy to set up, and effective at any grade level, this routine ensures that all students actively speak and listen – so every voice is heard.