Last week I returned from an amazing two-week trip to Rwanda. The trip was arranged by an organization in my hometown called Columbus International Partnerships (CIP), a group that sponsors delegations from Columbus, Ohio to visit other countries and that also brings delegations to the United States. These groups may be lawyers, businessmen, educators, politicians, etc. who want to learn how people and organizations of similar interest operate. Recently CIP merged with US Together, an organization in Columbus whose main focus has been refugee resettlement.

Here are some strategies for using picture books across the curriculum with English language learners. The strategies and lesson model provide examples of how to help students master the Common Core Anchor Reading Standards at all grade levels and in a variety of content areas.

Helping English Learners and Newcomers Become Resilient

As ESL/ELD teachers we care passionately about our students to succeed.  We feel their struggles, celebrate their successes and encourage them to try harder, even though we recognize the obstacles that challenge their lives every day. 


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