Improving Intermediate Academic Content and Literacy for English Learners

Evidence-Based Facilitator Guides

This series of facilitator guides walk through four evidence-based recommendations (from the What Works Clearinghouse) for improving academic content and literacy for English learning students in grades 4-8. Developed for the Idaho State Department of Education, these guides are helping instructional leaders deliver consistent, research-backed professional development to teachers across the state.

Below are the facilitator’s guide and supporting presentation for each recommendation. If you wish to receive the handouts associated with each guide, please fill out this form.

Recommendation 1. Teach a set of academic vocabulary words intensively across several days using a variety of instructional activities.

Recommendation 2. Integrate oral and written English language instruction into content-area teaching.

Recommendation 3. Provide regular, structured opportunities to develop written language skills.

Recommendation 4. Provide small-group instructional intervention to students struggling in areas of literacy and English language development.

Handouts available upon request.

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