Classroom Instruction that Works with ELLs
In 2008, teams representing school districts, Educational Service Units and universities/state colleges participated in the English Language Learner Leadership Institute. The goal of the Institute was to integrate training in Balanced Leadership and Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners. Some team members formed a Design Team and developed several documents; including a Nebraska ELL Program Guides for Administrators and Teachers and a companion Book Study Guide to go with Classroom Instruction that Works for English Language Learners.
In 2010, twenty three people became certified professional developers in Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners after working for several months with Jane Hill, the book’s author. These trainers are available to provide staff development for school districts across the state on the Marzano strategies and how they can be utilized specifically for the ELL student population.
In 2013, the group of professional developers expanded with the goal of having representation from all Title III served Districts and Consortia. The trainers continue to be supported by Jane Hill and the North Central Comprehensive Center as well as the Nebraska Department of Education. In addition to trainings centering on the strategies from Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners, the team members may also provide trainings on other ELL-related topics such as developing Academic Language and the new Nebraska English Language Proficiency Standards.
In 2013, the second edition of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners was published by McREL International. Again, Jane Hill worked with the professional develop team to train members on Marzano’s strategies with the updated edition. As a result, a second Book Study Guide was developed as a companion guide to be used for professional development. Below is a list of the NE Professional Developers and their bios along with the ELL Program Guides and Study Guides for both editions of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners.
Professional Development Team members and bios
Nebraska Professional Developers (updated June 2017)
Nebraska Professional Developers Bios (updated June 2017)
Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Administrators 2013 (updated May 2013)
Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Teachers 2013 (updated May 2013)
ELL Resource Guide: Top Ten Instructional Tips for Schools With a Low Incidence of ELLs (2012)