Recent Open Access Article- How RTI Can Address the Needs of English Language Learners (ELLs)

This recent article just appeared on Google Alerts and I wanted to share it here. The article provides a good summary of what is Response to Intervention (RTI) and culturally and linguistical diverse pedagogies. Aside from providing a good definition of all terms, they summarized the research on how culturally responsive pedagogy can impact the effectiveness and success of RTI. The focus is on Tier 1 Core instruction as a vehicle to ensure that culturally and linguistically diverse students (CLD) are taught using culturally responsive practices thereby increasing access to the regular curriculum and fidelity of implementation of the model. The article also addresses how the universal screening and progress monitoring practices within RTI can look for this population and how teachers can collaborate and problem solve which evidenced-based interventions and which differentiated instructional practices would be best for CLD students. The article summarizes research on how using the students primary language is imperative while also monitoring English proficiency. The authors did a nice job of bringing together the research on RTI, CLD pedagogy, and fidelity of implementation features.
http://www.subr.edu/assets/COEEJournal/Fall-2014/IJTL-Vol.4,No.3,Fall2014-(pp.143-221)-12.22.2014.pdf#page=62

Read Conmigo a Great Website of Bilingual Reading Materials

Looking for bilingual reading options? Visit Read Conmigo
The website has resources for parents, children, and teachers. You can even submit your story for potential publication.
Teacher can also print out resources and worksheets.
Signing up is free and you get access to 26 books and a report on a study they did on the use of tablets for reading bilingual books in the classroom.

You can also share with other bilingual families and educators via their social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, etc.

One book I just downloaded is called ” A Resolution for Maria La Mariposa”. When I clicked on the download it gave me the option to downloaded it to desktop/laptop, tablet, kindle, or you can view it as an e-book. The book was written in English and Spanish, the graphics were beautiful, and it was appropriate for younger readers through 3rd grade. Parents can read it to their child or if the child is an independent reader he or she can read it themselves. The book has activities that include a word search and en extensive list of comprehension questions. Remember parents– read it once your self, encourage co-reading, and encourage your child to read the last time — this will help build fluency in reading!

The kids portion of the website has several online and printable activities as well. They even have a “Community Events” option of resources for schools that want to have a literacy night at school. It LOOKS LIKE TEACHERS CAN REGISTER THEIR CLASS, although you will problably need to contact the directly for more specific instructions. I love it!

Visit them and promote them.