Colorin Colorado

A bilingual site for for educators and families of ELLs

ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Kansas's schools were home to more than 49,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 175% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Kansas are Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic.

ELL Headlines

Throughout the week, Colorín Colorado gathers news headlines related to English language learners from around the country. The ELL Headlines are posted Monday through Friday and are available for free!

School-wide Support for ELLs

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire school community to help English language learners (ELLs) succeed. These resource sections offer guidance on the necessary elements and feature a number of related videos, guides, and tip sheets.

Teaching ELLs

Across the country, teachers and other educators share the exciting but sometimes difficult challenge of teaching English, literacy skills, and academic content to a growing number of English language learners (ELLs).

This is a rich section filled with strategies, ideas, recommendations, resources, videos, and news from the ELL field. Resources are organized by the topics below and additional Resources by Grade are also available in our ELL Basics section.

For Families

As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child succeed every single day! These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school.

In addition, you can find fun reading tips and games, bilingual booklists, ideas for using the public library, and videos of children’s authors, illustrators, and musicians. Resources are organized by topic.

Books & Authors

The following booklists include some of our favorite titles for children and young adults, representing a wide range of cultures and languages. In addition, you can watch interviews with a number of the authors and illustrators who are featured and browse our books for educators in the Professional Booklists section. These booklists and interviews were created with the generous support of the American Federation of Teachers.

Videos

Colorín Colorado is pleased to present a rich library of video content focused on English language learners (ELLs), including classroom videos from schools around the country, professional development webcasts, and interviews with educators, administrators, researchers, and authors of children's and young adult literature.

These videos can be used in a variety of settings, including professional development workshops, parent outreach events, and, in the case of author interviews, in the classroom.

Partners in the creation of these videos include the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the AFT Innovation Fund, the National Education Association, Carnegie Corporation, and the Education Development Center.

Audiences

One common factor in schools where English language learners (ELLs) succeed is that they are seen as "everyone's students." Schoolwide support that addresses ELLs' unique needs is part of the fabric of the school and in many cases, the schools have learned over time that strategies that benefit ELLs are helpful for all students.

The sections below highlight tips, strategies, and resources regarding ELLs and ELL families that are specific to certain professionals within the school setting and within the community.

Resource Library

Our Colorín Colorado resource library is filled with tools and materials that you can use in the classroom, with parents, and for your own professional development!

These resources include tip sheets, research reports, recommended websites, resources organized by state, and much more.