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Feb, 20
Download Our New Ebook!
By Julie Esparza Brown | February 5th, 2020

We are excited to share with you our latest achievement. The PLUSS Framework (Sanford, Brown & Turner, 2012) was created to enhance existing instructional and intervention programs with linguistic and cultural supports for EL students (ELs). PLUSS is a synthesis of research-based practices for ELs and consists of the following components: Pre-teach critical vocabulary and prime background knowledge, Language modeling and opportunities for practice, Using visuals and graphic organizers, Systematic and explicit instruction, and Strategic use of native language and teaching for transfer. This framework is user-friendly and easily applicable across any language of instruction and in both large and small group settings.

Apr, 19
Supporting English Learners in the Classroom: Best Practices for Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities
By Julie Esparza Brown | April 16th, 2019

In this important resource, educators will find evidence-based best practices to help them address the individual needs of English learners with academic challenges and those who have been referred for special education services. The authors make the case that systems can be put in place at three levels to help English learners succeed: the classroom level, before and after identification; the support-team level, when support plans are developed and assessed; and the system level, where programs and professional training plans should be continually developed, assessed, and revised. Putting theory into practice, this book offers guidance and specific tools to help districts, schools, and classrooms use Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and other interventions to promote higher levels of achievement for ELs with academic challenges or learning disabilities. Buy here.

Sep, 17
The Times: Metzger Elementary leads the way for English learners
By Julie Esparza Brown | September 27th, 2017

Tigard-Tualatin School District News: Metzger Elementary is the first district school to participate in federally funded Project LEE.   Link to article.