Our school’s principal, Ted Appel, and I co-wrote an article a couple of years ago on how English Language Learners were an asset to our entire school in many ways, including helping all our teachers become better instructors to everybody (see The Positive Impact Of English Language Learners At An Urban School).
It sounds like at least one other school feels the same way. Read today’s Washington Post story, At Sugarland Elementary, language lessons are key to all learning, to learn how they are effectively using ELL instructional methods with their entire student body:
“We see kids retaining the information better than they were before,” the school’s principal said. “We see them really connecting lessons to prior learning.”