Colorin Colorado

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Colorín Colorado provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners. Teachers who work with English as a Second Language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students learn to read. Colorín Colorado is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. Major funding comes from the American Federation of Teachers. For more info visit ColorinColorado.org

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  • English Language Learners
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
The goal of this toolkit is to help you reach out to parents and families effectively and make them a vital part of their children’s education. It...
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:13pm
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In the wake of school violence, many families and educators may have questions about how to help children cope with the tragedy. Some adults may...
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 1:34pm
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The first step in implementing more culturally responsive instruction is recognizing how our own cultural conditioning is reflected in our teaching:...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:17pm
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  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This starter kit provides helpful monitoring forms for PK-12 educators who work with ELLs to find out if they’re on track learning the important...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:45am
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  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Chart mapping out possible explanations for why an ELL may be struggling including language and cultural barriers, and learning difficulties...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
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  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
In this interview clip, Dr. Kenji Hakuta talks about the importance of having more student talk time when engaging English language learners. This...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:49am
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  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Common classroom phrases in English and Spanish, as well as a list of English/Spanish cognates to assist teachers in communicting with their ELL...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:45am
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  • English Language Learners
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Rubrics for teachers and students to use to assess the reading and oral proficiency of ELLs.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:51am
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  • Students with Disabilities
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
A list of signal words--words telling the reader what will happen next--for ELLs to have as a reminder when reading. This list can also serve as a...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:54am
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  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Tips sheets that provide information for teachers on what to do first when when teaching ELL students, and vocabulary instruction for grades 4-12...