English Language Learning and Leadership: Putting it All Together

As our student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to English language learners (ELLs).  Because this requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenges learners to think at higher levels, it will subsequently require leaders to intentionally address all aspects of the change process to ensure that teachers have the support they need to successfully incorporate  new strategies in their classrooms. This article describes how school leadership might approach equipping teachers for this work by adding such topics as higher order thinking skills within the steps of the language acquisition process.