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"I’ve worked with ‘mainstream’ content area teachers in my role as a program developer and school change coach for many years, focused on building their skill in working with the English Learners in their classrooms. In the past I’ve relied heavily on promoting the sheltered instruction practices (i.e. SIOP) that we know help make content accessible for students who are learning language. But until the DLLP appeared, we’ve never had a tool that allows mainstream teachers to understand where their students are in terms of their English language development.
"While teaching academic core content is what teachers focus on, teaching the language of the content to support English learners is a challenge. Alison Bailey, Margaret Heritage and colleagues skillfully weave these two together. They provide strategies for teachers to not only make the content language accessible to students, but also to demonstrate how to assess students’ ability to explain the content being taught through the DLLP. Teachers at Hope Online Learning Academy have begun implementing the DLLP.
"Despite the importance of language development for English Learner (EL) school success, teachers have surprisingly few research-based tools that enable them to observe and guide the language development process as it unfolds. This book provides “Dynamic Language Learning Progressions” that serve as a clear and easy-to-use framework for maximizing language learning and promoting formative progress monitoring in classrooms. WIDA is thrilled to have sponsored this ground-breaking work."
"Progressing Students’ Language Learning Day by Day is a practical guidebook which should be on every teacher’s bookshelf, dog-eared because of its valuable content and easy to implement style. The language development structures are applicable to all grade levels and all subjects areas especially since all of our classrooms are language development classrooms."
"Formative assessment and analyzing student work can help teachers to better target their instruction of students. The Dynamic Language Learning Progression (DLLP) approach to making use of formative assessments and for planning and implementing instruction across the content areas explored in Bailey and Heritage's work will help all teachers to better meet the needs of the diverse learners, not only the English learners acquiring English as an additional language in their classrooms."