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Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners
A Leader's Guide

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November 2014 | 176 pages | Corwin

Your English Language Learners are counting on you to collaborate effectively.

The Common Core State Standards have increased the pressure on English Language Learners. And with the EL population increasing every day, schools need proven systems for ensuring that the students of the future are able to thrive.

In practice, this is a challenge for educational leaders. The most promising solution is the collaborative approach pioneered by this book’s authors—America’s leading authorities on collaboration and co-teaching for EL achievement.

Honigsfeld and Dove’s resources for collaboration and co-teaching include

This is your concise, comprehensive guide to creating a powerful collaborative program to benefit your ELs. Start implementing it today and watch the outcomes improve.


 

“We have used Collaboration and Co-Teaching to strengthen the types of support that ELL Specialists offer classroom teachers. Having a systematic, collaborative process to create a school-wide success model for ELL students benefits everyone in education with the reward of student achievement. Our district is looking forward to using A Leader’s Guide as a way of strengthening our professional development and collaborative efforts towards quality instruction for English Learners.”
—Heidi LaMare, Supervisor of Programs for ELL Students
Bellevue School District, WA

"Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leaders Guide is a critical addition to every new and experienced educational leader’s bookshelf. Schools that succeed with increasingly diverse populations are able to leverage every asset through collaborations and partnerships. This is a guidebook by trusted experts that will help any preK-12 program follow that path to success.
—Karen N. Nemeth, Author/Consultant
Language Castle LLC

 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
1. Why Do Collaborative Services Make Sense for English Language Learners?
 
2. What Are Collaborative Program Models to Serve ELLs?
 
3. How Do You Support Shared Curriculum Development and Implementation for the Sake of ELLs?
 
4. How Do You Support Collaborative Instructional and Assessment Practices for ELLs?
 
5. What Are the Nuts and Bolts of Coordinating Collaborative Teaching for ELLs?
 
6. What Type of Professional Learning Is Needed to Work with ELLs Effectively?
 
7. What Type of Leadership is Needed for Integrated, Collaborative Schools?
 
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"In this book, Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leader’s Guide, Honigsfeld and Dove continue sharing their experience and expertise in collaboration for English Language Learner success, this time focusing on school leaders. The book is written in an accessible style and can be used as a guide by school leaders to better support the kinds of collaborative practices, programs, curriculum, staff learning opportunities and school structures that make a difference in English Language Learner learning outcomes.  The many examples from practice, together with hands-on activities and resources, will equip school leaders with real knowledge and strategies that can be implemented right away. "

Anne Dahlman, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs, Minnesota St. University, Mankato

"I can’t begin to explain my excitement of having Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leader's Guide to reference those schools and districts I work closely with in the implementation of co-teaching and collaboration. Finally, a tool that equips systems, leaders, and teachers with a framework that encompasses the culture of collaboration and takes it to the next level. Andrea and Maria have considered all aspects of programming from novice co-teaching to more advanced collaborative systems; leading to a much needed springboard to think long term for success and sustainability of collaborative programming for English Learners who are an invaluable asset to our classrooms!  This book has organized critical elements of success and sustainability of collaboration for English Language Learners beyond traditional service delivery. The embracing of this text will certainly change capacity of those interested in beginning to be inclusive of our learners who will change how we view the world, with a more focused and equitable lens! "

Dr. Martina Wagner, English Language Supervisor/Consultant
Roseville Area Schools, Roseville, MN

"Honigsfeld and Dove’s Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners : A Leader's Guide text provides much needed insight and depth to this important educational topic. Based on their professional experiences, solid research and field-vetted practices, the authors unearth to the essential issues of collaboration in co-teaching in schools. Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English learners offers valuable models and suggestions to school personnel that will maximize the effectiveness of instruction, improve communication and enhance the collegial atmosphere."

Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Associate Director/Professor
Qatar University Foundation Program

"As we understand the wide diversity among English language Learners today, it becomes essential for all staff to work together including principals, assistant principals, ESL teachers, classroom teachers, academic intervention specialists, content area teachers, instructional coaches and paraprofessionals to meet the academic and social needs of the English language learners in their school.  Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove answer seven key questions in this book on collaborative services, models, curriculum development, instruction, collaborative teaching, professional teaching & development, and leadership needed to support a collaborative approach to instruction for ELLs."

 

Dr. Robin Finnan-Jones, Education Administrator
NYC Department of Education

"For the past several years, we have used the Collaboration and Co-Teachingbook (Honigsfeld & Dove) to guide the professional learning work for ESOL and content teachers at all levels. This new book, Collaboration and Co-Teaching: A Leaders Guide is an excellent resource to help district level leaders and principals create an effective and coherent plan to help teachers maximize student learning for English language learners (ELLs) in a co-taught content classroom setting. This resource provides excellent guidance about collaborative teaching models, curriculum study, and assessment practices to ensure that all ELLs are actively engaged in the content classroom. The authors focus on how to translate professional learning into classroom practices to create a culture of collaboration. The resource also includes practical resources, such as checklists and rubrics for use in schools at all level. This practical guide is a must read for any administrator who wants to establish effective collaborative practices, with consistency, across the school building or district. "

Sonja Bloetner, ESOL Supervisor
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

"School leaders face daunting challenges to address the communities they serve and needs of students in the schoolhouse. Chief among those challenges is the need to foster a collaborative school environment that promotes effective English language learning. Collaboration and Co-Teaching for ELLs: A Leader's Guide provides leaders with an approach that works flexibly and effectively in schools that serve English language learners. The foundational knowledge leaders need is here, and practical ideas for putting that knowledge into service in classrooms abounds.  Moreover, the Guide is written in an easy to follow style. The voices of school leaders and other experts round out the excellent ideas from the authors that every administrator needs. "
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Thomas DeVere Wolsley, Adjunct Professor/Author
University of Central Florida (Orlando)

"Honigsfeld and Dove have done it again! This dynamic duo has created a timely, informative, easy-to-read resource for educational leaders who see the value in a more collaborative approach to meet the needs of their English learners. This book is an essential read for administrators and teacher leaders who are seeking practical suggestions grounded in research to create collaborative school environments that promote academic achievement of all learners."

Angela Bell, Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

"I respect and appreciate that Honigsfeld and Dove did not just use a theoretical framework to create Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leaders Guide, but used research and active school leaders to help bring this book to life. In this era of connected educators, being able to read and learn from other leaders that are experiencing success with English Learners is crucial.  The style of this book allows me to first 'see and hear' what other educators are experiencing followed by essential knowledge and practical strategies.  I trust that this resource will become my 'go-to' book when working with teachers in my building."

Dr. Sheilah M. Jefferson-Isaac, Elementary Assistant Principal
Uniondale Public Schools, New York

"As schools struggle to interpret the demands of CCSS, the growing needs of ELLs are often left in the margin or addressed through superficial approaches such as add-on strategies in teachers' manuals or undeveloped collaborative models of teaching that relegate ESL teachers to the role of classroom aides. Honigsfeld and Dove are leaders in promoting a different vision in which the expertise of all teachers is brought to the task of deeply engaging ELs in rigorous academic learning to meet the new standards. Collaboration and Co-Teaching: A Leaders' Guide contributes a key ingredient by making that vision accessible to school leaders so that they can implement policies and create contexts where teachers can collaborate in substantive ways.  The book provides research support, inspirational testimonies from educators, and clearly laid out frameworks for school leaders to follow in designing professional development, curriculum planning, and instructional practices.  This will be a valuable resource for school leaders."

Susan Ranney, Ph.D., Teacher Educator
University of Minnesota

"In one of the most linguistically diverse boards in Canada, a focus on supporting English language learners through collaboration and co-teaching is a moral imperative. Throughout our district-wide, three-year project Collaborative Inquiry Learning in Literacy (CIL-L), the Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners text has provided the pedagogical stance for many of our instructional leaders both at the district and school level to move the work forward. It confirms what we know and believe in Peel. Intentional, school-wide approaches for assessment, instruction and planning support English language learners to be successful with Ontario (provincial) curriculum expectations while they are developing English language proficiency. Being fully committed means ensuring high expectations for all English language learners.  Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leaders Guide presents educators with an exciting opportunity!  With its provocations, strategies and approaches, this new text can support us even further to make the vision for academic equity a living reality in our schools." 

Zaiba Beg, Instructional Coordinator: English Language Learners
Peel District School Board, Ontario, Canada

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