Academic Achievement For English Language Learners (ELLs)

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Online Professional Development Course   View map

The focus of this course is to support educators in identifying the needs of their English Language Learners and learning how to plan and facilitate a classroom where all learners can engage in structured interactions to develop and practice Academic English tied to content concepts. Participants will be introduced to a seven-step process including; organizing a classroom where all children are involved in the learning process, how to plan focused learning objectives tied to standards, strategies for developing academic vocabulary and structures that students can use to practice and apply content and language in meaningful ways.

This comprehensive instructional course provides educators and administrators with research-based methods to effectively address the needs of English Language Learners in daily classroom practices in order to meet state English Language Proficiency across all content areas. This interactive course will help facilitate the process for teachers to think through how to better incorporate the instructional practices necessary for ELLs.

Participants will have access to downloadable course textbook, participant workbooks; an expert in the area of ELLs will be available for regular communications, targeted classroom video lesson segments, observational protocols, research documents, extended educational materials, and instructional resources. Participants will explore real instructional challenges that many teachers face in their classroom and identify strategies to address such complex issues. This professional development is teacher-directed and student-centered.

This course is offered for educators in the following locations:

  1. Ashland University, (3 Graduate Credits)
  2. Arizona, (45 Clock Hours)
  3. Hawaii, (45 Clock Hours)
  4. Illinois, (45 Clock Hours)
  5. LAUSD (2 Salary Advancement Points)
  6. Michigan, (50 SCECH Credits)
  7. National Open Enrollment, (45 Clock Hours)
  8. New York City/ASPDP, (3 P-Credits Salary Advancement)
  9. New State Re-Certificate (45 CTLE Clock Hours)
  10. Ohio, (40 Clock Hours)
  11. Pennsylvania, Approved ACT 48 Provider
  12. Texas, Approved CPE Provider


  • It was refreshing to read the material. There are some strategies that I learned, for instance, the hand signals, card name shuffle, deck of cards are awesome strategies to keep the class tone in.

    Elisa S., Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Reply
  • I would highly recommend this course. This course gave me more knowledge regarding ELLs than anyone, or any professional development I have attended.

    Dana E., Los Angeles Unified School District Reply
  • The assignments were challenging but were worthwhile because they really got me thinking about how I can improve my instruction for my ELL students.

    Ashley K,, New York City School District Reply

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