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A Framework for Raising Expectations and Instructional Rigor for English Language Learners

The Council of the Great City Schools released a guide addressing challenges faced by educators who are implementing new college- and career-ready standards with their bilingual, immigrant, and refugee students who are acquiring English.
Designed as a practical guide for districts with large populations of English learners, the document introduces a new pedagogical framework for English language development that explicitly addresses the higher language demands of new college- and career-ready standards. In recognition of the variety of programs found in districts, the framework also addresses the range of models and contexts in which instruction for ELLs is delivered and provides a set of considerations for choosing effective instructional materials to accelerate achievement for ELLs.

October 2014