Have you Read or Used the Essential Actions: A Handbook for Implementing WIDA’s Framework For English Language Development Standards?
The Essential Actions Handbook is designed to help teachers who work directly with English Learners (ELs) and help schools focus on meeting academic language needs. As stated in a Colorin Colorado! article, “the purpose of this handbook is to promote collaboration, mutual understanding, and use of language development standards among all educators who work with ELs.” Within theEssential Action Handbook there are fifteen standards-referenced strategies for you to take action in your classroom, team, and district. A step-by-step process for using the handbook as part of a professional learning community is shared in the article.
Colorin Colorado! article available at www.colorincolorado.org/article/61084/.
Essential Actions Handbook available at http://wida.us/standards/eld.aspx#essentialactions
Additional Resource: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/elme/bdwidaessentialactions.pdf
___________________________________Shelly Chasse-Johndro is treasurer for NNETESOL and teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement courses for pre- and in-service teachers.