OELA has produced a series of practice briefs and podcast episodes on instructional approaches and strategies for educators that serve English learners (ELs) and their families. These resources highlight promising practices related to science, mathematics, and early childhood instruction.
Integrating Language While Teaching STEM (Science)
The NCELA Teaching Practice Brief Effective instructional practices, examples, and practice shifts for science and engineering teachers highlights promising practices related to science and engineering instruction for educators and other staff who support English learners (ELs) and their families. This brief draws upon recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report titled English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives.
The podcast, featuring Elizabeth Judd, an Education Program Specialist at OELA and Martha Castellón Palacios, Senior Program Associate at WestEd, further explores the five key practices presented in the brief.
Integrating Language into Early Childhood Education
This teaching brief draws upon recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures. The brief highlights some promising instructional practices that are relevant and important for teachers of young children ages 3-7 who are identified as dual language learners or English learners.
The podcast, featuring Celeste McLaughlin, NAM Team Lead and Grants Management Coordinator at OELA and Dr. Pamela Spycher, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, explores the four key practices presented in the brief: Embracing an assets orientation, promoting multilingual development, providing frequent interaction with complex texts, and teaching foundational literacy skills.