Using SIM with English Language Learners—Perfecto!
English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing subgroup of students in the United States. Examination of the educational attainment of ELLs indicates that they are lagging significantly behind primary language learners. Publications of over 20 years (Richards-Tutor, C., Aceves, T, & Reese, L; 2016, Rivera, M.O., Moughamian, A.C., Lesaux, N.K., & Frances, D.J., 2008; Baker, et. al., 2014;, Gersten et. al., 2004; August, D. & Shanahan, T, 2006.) have identified evidence and research based strategies and high impact practices which are effective for academic instruction for English learners.. This session will identify the most common academic needs of ELLs, in general and special education, and the effective practices for instructing them. The majority of this session will be an activity and demonstration aligning the SIM Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines to these best practices. The presenters will share their experiences teaching SIM Strategies and Routines to ELLs, and welcome participants to join the conversation.
Learning Outcomes and Next Steps:
As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to 1. Describe the academic needs of ELLs 2. Identify at least 4 effective practices for teaching ELLs 3. Align SIM Strategies and Routines to identified effective strategies 4. Consider a Strategy and Routine to use with ELLs in their own program.