Program Design


Developing a successful program requires thoughtful leadership and collaboration. Supporting ELLs requires that leaders, teachers and staff work together to create a learning environment conducive to language development and engagement across the disciplines, tailored to the needs of their students. Successful schools models also create school-wide teams to create content and language objectives for each content area and grade level. Visit the American Association of School Administrators publication on
Using Leadership Teams to Elevate English Learning

With the implementation of Common Core Standards, your school will need to consider the impact this has on your program design, staffing and culture of the school. New York State Education Department has posted some information on their implementation. Visit http://theellconsortium.wikispaces.com/message/view/home/40090762 or
http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/memos/may122011.html for more information.

Although your school may choose to develop your own core curriculum to meet the specific needs and goals of your school community, there can be benefits to purchasing commercially produced curricula. Commercial curricula can be used to augment and enhance your school-created curriculum, and can be great tools for extended-day, after school, summer school, and enrichment programs. The following list is an example of some of the curricula that have been found to be useful in ELL elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms. Please visit the vendors' websites for information about program components and pricing. The ELL Consortium strives to provide teachers and educators with access to available resources, but does not sponsor or endorse any specific products or vendors.


Elementary School


Achieve 3000
http://www.achieve3000.com/

This web-based program for grades 2-12 develops students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. The program allows teachers to individualize the same lesson for each individual student and track student progress.


Attanasio & Associates, Inc.
www.AttanasioAndAssociates.com

English Now! Elementary and Secondary
Develops ELL students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills so that students can read with fluency, ask and answer questions, and orally retell a story. The program targets the four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), has an elementary full-year program, an elementary intervention program, and a secondary program.

Early Childhood Phonics
Three different kits – short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, and vowel combinations.

ESL/ELL Classroom Libraries
The libraries include books for independent reading and for read-alouds, and span kindergarten through eighth grade. The libraries provide books that are grade and developmentally appropriate.

ESL Phonics for All Ages
Designed for beginning ELLs at elementary through adult levels. Scaffolded instruction differentiates for different learners and encourages independent practice.

Fiction Leveled Classroom Libraries
The libraries are leveled using the Fountas and Pinnell leveling guide, include 11 to 12 different titles and six copies of each book, support guided and independent reading, provide a wide range of topics, and are available for grades K-5.

Getting Ready for the NYSESLAT and Beyond
Helps students become familiar with NYSESLAT and ELA test features using standards-based instruction and built-in assessment activities.

Getting Ready for the English Language Proficiency Assessments
Uses standards-based instruction and has built-in assessment activities.

Language Proficiency Intervention Kits
Focuses on academic vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency for graces K-6.

Learn-Abouts – Leveled Social Studies and Science Kits
Utilizes strong picture support and picture dictionaries to teach content vocabulary and comprehension skills. Science strands include: Earth/Space; Energy; Life Science; and Matter. Social Studies strands include: History/Culture; Geography; Economics/Technology; and Government/Authority.

Nonfiction Leveled Classroom Libraries
The libraries are leveled using the Fountas and Pinnell leveling guide and contain books that are organized around specific topics and main ideas. The libraries can be used to support independent reading, activating schema, and student research and are available for grades K-5.

SIFE – Students with Interrupted Education/Low Literacy
Age-appropriate texts that are created for lower level readers. Available for grades 2-6.

Strategic Reading Guides for Literacy Based Programs – Responding to Literature and Strategies for Reading Nonfiction
Responding to Literature integrates reading and writing; has lesson extension ideas; can be used for individual, small group, or whole class reading; and has suggestions for using the materials with ELLs. Strategies for Reading Nonfiction can be used with any nonfiction selection, and promotes active reading with multiple reading and study activities.


Benchmark Education
www.BenchmarkEducation.com

Early Explorers
High-interest fiction and nonfiction books that help develop students everyday, robust, and academic content vocabulary. Designed for grades K-2, the kit has books from level A to M.

English Explorers
Differentiates social studies and science content while also promoting academic vocabulary. Designed for grades 3-8, the program has books from level E through M. The kit also has math applications for each theme and components for audio-assisted learning.

RIGOR: Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers
Targeted at older ELLs (grades 4-12), the program offers 32 different “skill bags” that use age-appropriate science and social studies content to develop students’ phonemic awareness, phonics skills, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, content knowledge and writing. Each skill bag also has assessments to monitor student progress.


Hampton-Brown
www.Hampton-Brown.com

Avenues
Created for PreK-5, Avenues uses standards-based, grade-level content to develop students’ language and literacy skills. The program also has connections to science and social studies, multi-level supports, and multi-level assessments to monitor student progress.


Heinle Cenage Learning
http://elt.thomson.com/us/en_us/index.html

AWARD Reading
A software literacy program for grades K-3 that develops literacy and reading skills while promoting students’ knowledge of technology at the same time. The program offers small group or individual activities, and has assessments built in to monitor student progress.

New Arrival English – Literacy and School Orientation
Provides elementary school newcomers with literacy and school survival skills through introduction to print and practice within contextual situations. The program develops student’s basic site word knowledge, has reading and writing practice, and has “school survival skills” lessons.

Visions – Literacy, Language, Literature, Content
Designed to support elementary ESL students from pre-literacy through their transition into mainstream classrooms, Visions is a four-level program that incorporates language with content. The program has age-appropriate materials, scaffolding supports for their reading and writing lessons, and electronic assessments for teachers to track student progress.

Go for it!
Designed for elementary ELL students as a before/after school intervention kit or for summer school. The program has a variety of activities that develop oral language, school vocabulary, study skills, and reading skills.


Imagine Learning
http://www.imaginelearning.com/

This software program uses high-interest and engaging lessons to develop students’ listening and speaking, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills. The program tailors instruction to each student based on their diagnostic and ongoing assessment information. The software also allows teachers to track and generate reports for individual students or classes. Progress reports for parents can be created in several different languages as well.


Rigby/Harcourt
www.rigby.com

ELL Assessment Kit
An ongoing assessment kit that allows educators to monitor ELL students’ progress with listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The assessment is aligned with the Fountas and Pinnell book leveling system. They offer two assessment kits: a Primary Kit that has reading levels A-L, and an Elementary Kit that has reading levels A-T. The assessment kits also include a Data Management Tool that allows tracking of students, classes, and whole schools’ progress. There is also a “Next Steps” booklet that provides differentiated instructional ideas based on students’ current levels.

On Our Way to English
This K-5 program for ELL students that uses thematic, content-based instruction to focus on academic language and building vocabulary. The program also offers differentiated instruction ideas and daily routines that develop students’ oral language, reading, and writing skills. There are built in formative and summative assessments that help teachers monitor students’ progress.


Santillana
http://www.santillanausa.com/

Spotlight on English
This program for K-5 teaches academic language and literacy skills through content-based lessons. Rooted in research and aligned with ELA/ELD and the National Curriculum and Content-area Standards, Spotlight on English works to address the needs of students at all levels.

Santillana Intensive English
This intervention program for K-8 is designed to help accelerate students’ reading and writing language skills. The research- and standards based program also uses content area instruction to develop social and academic language.

English Benchmark Assessments
For students in grades K-8, English Benchmark Assessments tracks students’ progress in all language domains (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Online components help teachers assess, score, and generate reports for students. It is also aligned to the NYSESLAT.

Camp Can-Do!
This four-week intervention program takes students on a trip to “summer camp.” Research- and standards-based, Camp Can-Do! helps students reinforce speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. For grades K-5.

Stories to Celebrate K-6
Created by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, this multicultural collection introduces students to holidays celebrated throughout the U.S. Each book has fiction and nonfiction stories, and the program includes an audio CD with readings and music.

Gateways to the Sun K-5
Created by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, the program has six series – poetry, art, biography, theater, language, and Hispanic lands. The program’s fiction and nonfiction components help develop students vocabulary and reading skills while exploring Hispanic culture.

Stories the Year ‘Round K-4
A compellation of Alma Flor Ada’s books, Stories the Year ‘Round promotes vocabulary and reading comprehension through science, math, social studies, and art. Free online resources provide help with instruction, family involvement, and lesson planning.

Stories for the Telling K-4
A compellation of Alma Flor Ada’s books, Stories for the Telling promotes vocabulary and reading comprehension through science, math, social studies, and art. Free online resources provide help with instruction, family involvement, and lesson planning.


Middle School


Achieve 3000
http://www.achieve3000.com/

This web-based program for grades 2-12 develops students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. The program allows teachers to individualize the same lesson for each individual student and track student progress.


Attanasio & Associates, Inc.
www.AttanasioAndAssociates.com

ESL/ELL Classroom Libraries
The libraries include books for independent reading and for read-alouds, and span kindergarten through eighth grade. The libraries provide books that are grade and developmentally appropriate.

ESL Phonics for All Ages
Designed for beginning ELLs at elementary through adult levels. Scaffolded instruction differentiates for different learners and encourages independent practice.

Getting Ready for the NYSESLAT and Beyond
Helps students become familiar with NYSESLAT and ELA test features using standards-based instruction and built-in assessment activities.

Getting Ready for the English Language Proficiency Assessments
Uses standards-based instruction and has built-in assessment activities.

SIFE – Students with Interrupted Education/Low Literacy
Age-appropriate texts that are created for lower level readers. Available for grades 2-6.

Strategic Reading Guides for Literacy Based Programs – Responding to Literature and Strategies for Reading Nonfiction
Responding to Literature integrates reading and writing; has lesson extension ideas; can be used for individual, small group, or whole class reading; and has suggestions for using the materials with ELLs. Strategies for Reading Nonfiction can be used with any nonfiction selection, and promotes active reading with multiple reading and study activities.


Benchmark Education
www.BenchmarkEducation.com

English Explorers
Differentiates social studies and science content while also promoting academic vocabulary. Designed for grades 3-8, the program has books from level E through M. The kit also has math applications for each theme and components for audio-assisted learning.

RIGOR: Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers
Targeted at older ELLs (grades 4-12), the program offers 32 different “skill bags” that use age-appropriate science and social studies content to develop students’ phonemic awareness, phonics skills, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, content knowledge and writing. Each skill bag also has assessments to monitor student progress.


The Booksource
http://www.booksource.com/

Standing Tall
A collection of 10 books that are high-interest for secondary students, but are at appropriate reading levels for low-level readers. The books feature protagonists from diverse backgrounds.

Strange But True Stories
These 6 books of story collections feature creepy, odd, and terrifying stories that are based on eyewitness accounts or investigations. They are low-level, but high interest.

Graphic Revolve
Some of the world’s classic stories retold through the graphic novel format. The collection includes 12 titles.

Keystone Books
A 7-book collection of action stories that are age- and reading level-appropriate.

Think Green
This 5-book collection introduces content vocabulary while discussing different environmental concerns and every-day solutions.

Vortex Books
Mystery, adventure, and fantasy books that are interesting for secondary students but created for less proficient readers. There are 8 books included in this collection.


Hampton-Brown
www.Hampton-Brown.com

Inside
Reading, writing, and language instruction for middle school ELLs. The program uses age-appropriate content, standards-based instruction, and has assessments built in to monitor student progress.

High Point
Standards-based language and literacy instruction through real-world, multicultural selections. For grades 6-8, High Point uses vocabulary development, learn-to-read skills practice, grammar, and writing to develop student’s language and literacy.


Heinle Cenage Learning
http://elt.thomson.com/us/en_us/index.html

New Arrival English – Literacy and School Orientation
Provides elementary school newcomers with literacy and school survival skills through introduction to print and practice within contextual situations. The program develops student’s basic site word knowledge, has reading and writing practice, and has “school survival skills” lessons.

Milestones – Steps to student success!
Designed for middle school ELL students, the program balances literature and content readings to develop students’ academic language and reading skills. The program includes an assessment system to track students’ progress, has a phonics intervention, and differentiated instruction for different ability levels.


Rigby/Harcourt
www.rigby.com

ELL Assessment Kit
An ongoing assessment kit that allows educators to monitor ELL students’ progress with listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The assessment is aligned with the Fountas and Pinnell book leveling system. They offer two assessment kits: a Primary Kit that has reading levels A-L, and an Elementary Kit that has reading levels A-T. The assessment kits also include a Data Management Tool that allows tracking of students, classes, and whole schools’ progress. There is also a “Next Steps” booklet that provides differentiated instructional ideas based on students’ current levels.

Santillana
http://www.santillanausa.com/

Santillana Intensive English
This intervention program for K-8 is designed to help accelerate students’ reading and writing language skills. The research- and standards based program also uses content area instruction to develop social and academic language.

English Benchmark Assessments
For students in grades K-8, English Benchmark Assessments tracks students’ progress in all language domains (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Online components help teachers assess, score, and generate reports for students. It is also aligned to the NYSESLAT.

English Language Literacy Through Civics Education
Use the content areas of civics education and citizenship to strengthen students’ content vocabulary and reading skills, and to learn about U.S. history and geography.


High School


Achieve 3000
http://www.achieve3000.com/

This web-based program for grades 2-12 develops students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. The program allows teachers to individualize the same lesson for each individual student and track student progress.


Attanasio & Associates, Inc.
www.AttanasioAndAssociates.com

English Now! Elementary and Secondary
Develops ELL students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills so that students can read with fluency, ask and answer questions, and orally retell a story. The program targets the four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), has an elementary full-year program, an elementary intervention program, and a secondary program.

English Now! Persuasive Writing
Specifically focuses on teaching persuasive writing to ELL students. The goal of the program, which targets high school students, is to help students pass writing proficiency exams.

ESL Phonics for All Ages
Designed for beginning ELLs at elementary through adult levels. Scaffolded instruction differentiates for different learners and encourages independent practice.

Getting Ready for the NYSESLAT and Beyond
Helps students become familiar with NYSESLAT and ELA test features using standards-based instruction and built-in assessment activities.

Getting Ready for the English Language Proficiency Assessments
Uses standards-based instruction and has built-in assessment activities.

Getting Ready for the English Regents Essay
Develops 9-12th graders’ comprehension through pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading activities; focuses on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; and contains sample tests with nonfiction, poetry, charts, and graphs.

Upper Grade Struggling Reader Collection
Designed to be age-appropriate for older students reading at levels A-E. Contains 18 science books, 18 social studies books, teacher notes, and blackline masters for each book.


Benchmark Education
www.BenchmarkEducation.com

RIGOR: Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers
Targeted at older ELLs (grades 4-12), the program offers 32 different “skill bags” that use age-appropriate science and social studies content to develop students’ phonemic awareness, phonics skills, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, content knowledge and writing. Each skill bag also has assessments to monitor student progress.


The Booksource
http://www.booksource.com/

Reference Books To Support English Language Learners In Grades 9-12
The collection of six books includes dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar books designed for English Language Learners.

Standing Tall
A collection of 10 books that are high-interest for secondary students, but are at appropriate reading levels for low-level readers. The books feature protagonists from diverse backgrounds.

Choices: Life Strategy Novels for Struggling Readers
This 5-book collection chronicles the teens at Dawson High, as they live ordinary teenage lives and face difficult decisions.

Choices: Life Strategy Novels for Struggling Readers (with Teacher’s Resource Guides)
This 10-book collection chronicles the teens at Dawson High, as they live ordinary teenage lives and face difficult decisions. The collection also includes teacher resource guides to go along with the novels.

Strange But True Stories
These 6 books of story collections feature creepy, odd, and terrifying stories that are based on eyewitness accounts or investigations. They are low-level, but high interest.

Fiction to Support English Language Learners in Grades 9-12
20 books that are appropriate for students’ ages and reading levels.

Graphic Revolve
Some of the world’s classic stories retold through the graphic novel format. The collection includes 12 titles.

Keystone Books
A 7-book collection of action stories that are age- and reading level-appropriate.

Saddleback Adapted Classics
The collection adapts classics to maintain the author’s themes and style, while keeping the reading interesting for lower-level readers. There are 15 books in this collection.

Think Green
This 5-book collection introduces content vocabulary while discussing different environmental concerns and every-day solutions.

Nonfiction to Support English Language Learners in Grades 9-12
15 books that are appropriate for students’ ages and reading levels.

Roosevelt High
A 7-book collection that follows Hispanic, teen protagonists as they take on challenging personal or social situations.

Vortex Books
Mystery, adventure, and fantasy books that are interesting for secondary students but created for less proficient readers. There are 8 books included in this collection.


Hampton-Brown
www.Hampton-Brown.com

Edge
Designed for students in grades 9-12, High Point uses age-appropriate texts, focuses on repetition, and incorporates electronic assessments to prepare students for exit exams. Many of the same materials appear in the Fundamentals level, and Levels A-C.


Heinle Cenage Learning
http://elt.thomson.com/us/en_us/index.html

New Arrival English – Literacy and School Orientation
Provides elementary school newcomers with literacy and school survival skills through introduction to print and practice within contextual situations. The program develops student’s basic site word knowledge, has reading and writing practice, and has “school survival skills” lessons.


Santillana
http://www.santillanausa.com/

Elevator
Designed for young-adult/adult English language learners, the program is fast-paced and connects to modern topics and themes. The four levels of the program focus on verbal and written communication, emphasizes grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, and develops students speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

English Language Literacy Through Civics Education
Use the content areas of civics education and citizenship to strengthen students’ content vocabulary and reading skills, and to learn about U.S. history and geography.