Use resources on this page to support your instruction of ELs. Here is a description of a few key resources below. Use the sidebar for quick links to resources.

Instructional Values and Promising Practices

We will…

  1. Sustain academic rigor
  2. Hold high expectations: high challenge, high supports
  3. Engage all students in quality interactions
  4. Sustain a language focus
  5. Develop and deliver quality lessons

The  five values detailed in the Instructional Values and Promising Practices are aligned to the Danielson Framework, and are what we look for in all classes (both content and ESL) that support ELs. Together they provide high impact on outcomes for English Learners (ELs). Teachers can use this tool to identify steps towards making their instruction more effective for ELs.  This tool can also be used to guide and inform instructional feedback. For supports or suggestions in any of these areas, contact OMCP at mulltilingual@philasd.org.

Go To Strategies

The 78 Go To strategies described have been chosen to reflect the five research-based principles of scaffolded instruction for English language learners outlined below.

  • Focus on academic language, literacy, and vocabulary;
  • Link background knowledge and culture to learning;
  • Increase comprehensible input and language output;
  • Promote classroom interaction; and
  • Stimulate higher order thinking and the use of learning strategies.

Can Do Descriptors

The Can Do Descriptors highlight what language learners can do at various stages of language development as they engage in the following contexts:

  • K-12 English language development
  • K-12 Spanish language development