GO TO StrategiesThe GO TO Strategies: Scaffolding Options for Teachers of English Language Learners, K-12.  The GO TO Strategies Project is an outcome of the Project EXCELL professional development delivered to the NKCS teachers. It was designed to be used as a resource by general education teachers of English language learners (ELLs), ELL teachers, special education teachers, principals, and other supervisors overseeing the instruction of diverse groups of students in North Kansas City Schools and elsewhere.

Strategies were chosen as the focus of this project because of their usefulness in helping teachers to scaffold content and language input to children in the process of learning English as a new language.

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10 Things Mainstream Teachers Can Do Today to Help ELLs Succeed


Cult of Ped12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom



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Using Sentence Frames Video



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Building Upon Student Strengths: The Can Do Approach Video



SIOP Language Objectives Cheat Sheet

Language Objectives:

  • Promote student academic language growth.
  • Include the use of either receptive (listening and reading) and/or productive language skills (speaking and writing)
  • Connect clearly with the lesson topic or lesson activities


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Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners


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The Five Pillars of Equitably Grading ELLs



Eye Words: High Frequency Words 51 – 100.  Eyewords was created by teacher Jennifer Orr in collaboration with a team of educators, speech and language pathologists, researchers, graphic designers, and computer programmers in an effort to address a need to differentiate reading instruction for young learners.




Staging the Student-Centered ELL Classroom



FLIIPFLIP on the LAMP:  TIPS for Lighting the Way for ELLs in the Flipped Classroom.  The concept of flipped classrooms has been the focus of a significant number of re-cent articles in teaching journals (see the KDP Record, April-June 2015) and online. In a flipped classroom “students are introduced to content at home, and practice working through it at school” (TeachThought, 2014). For example, students might watch a brief prerecorded video at home as direct instruction on the concepts or topics and then apply that information the next day in classroom activities. Therefore, the amount of time spent learning is extended.





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eleducationCollaborative Culture: Protocols

How can a protocol support my classroom instruction?




Collaborative Lesson Planning


collaborativelessonplanningELSWD: Institute on Instructional Practices for Dual-Identified Students