Looking Back as We Move Forward: New Website for the Classics on ELL

May 19, 2014

In releasing these classic resources for ELLs, I remember a comment that Jon Yost made to Matt Navo a few years ago while we were backpacking in Yosemite National Park (both are friends who are leaders at Sanger Unified School District in California).  This was Matt’s first experience in the back country, and as we came to a beautiful vista, Jon (an avid backpacker) shared a comment about how,

New York State Education Department releases Blueprint for ELLs

Apr 23, 2014

New York State released a comprehensive plan to prepare for success of its 214,000 ELL students in the era of the Common Core.  The plan addresses the needs of students from pre-school to high school graduation, and highlights many of the principles found in Understanding Language materials:  All teachers are teachers of ELLs; ELL student needs must be addressed comprehensively, rather than foc