[lg policy] ELL Policy Issues: Local Language Policies

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 11 15:59:48 UTC 2012

ELL Policy Issues: Local Language Policies

The articles in this section guide local educators and leaders through
the process of creating appropriate language policies for their

In addition, the section includes policy recommendations related to
the creation of those documents and procedures. We encourage you to
join the discussion through the comment boxes at the bottom of each
Creating Local Language Policies
How to Create Language Policies at the Local Level

This excerpt by Rebecca Freeman Field from English Language Learners
at School: A Guide for Administrators, 2nd Edition (Caslon, 2012)
walks schools and districts through the process of establishing
priorities, gathering input from important stakeholders (including
families and community members), clarifying confusion in current
policies, and establishing review procedures.
Survey for Reflection and Action: Policy and Accountability Requirements

This language policy survey is an excerpt from Chapter 3, of English
Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators, 2nd Edition.
The survey is intended to help schools/districts identify policies and
procedures for ELLs that are in place, as well as the strengths and
limitations of what already exists. In addition, the survey concludes
with an opportunity for reflection about future possibilities and
action items.
English Language Learners: Policy and School Support in Ontario, Canada

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Paula Markus, Toronto's
district-wide ESL coordinator, shares the story behind the creation of
a new ELL policy document for the province of Ontario and discusses
its impact on services for ELLs in Toronto schools.
Policy Recommendations
Language Policy Recommendations for Policymakers and Educators

In this excerpt from her book English Learners Left Behind
(Multilingual Matters, 2008), Dr. Kate Menken offers language policy
recommendations targeted towards policymakers and educators based on
her experiences working with English language learners (ELLs) in New
York City Schools.


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