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IEP Issues - Bilingual Issues & English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Resources for Mainstream Teachers of English Language Learners - click here. (Websites, ERIC Digests, Books)  The placement of English language learners in mainstream classes has become more and more common in recent years. Many of these students have not developed the necessary English language proficiency to keep up with their classmates. What can mainstream teachers do to help English language learners in their classes excel?


Developing IEPs for English Language Learners
Rita Brusca-Vega, Ed.D., Professor of Special Education, Chicago State University
The purpose of this chapter is to present several sample IEPs, based on the best practices described in the resource book, for students of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, English language proficiency levels, and type of disability.

  • What are the Illinois requirements for putting together an IEP team for English language learners (ELLs)?

  • What are the legal requirements for developing IEPs for ELLs?

  • Sample IEPs for ELLs

The Diversity Kit: An Introductory Resource for Social Change in Education - This new publication from The Education Alliance at Brown University brings together current research on human development and cultural diversity. It explores issues of diversity in education that are essential for schools and teachers who are committed to quality education for all students.  Click here to learn more (free downloads).




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