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The Center on Instruction (COI) has released a new resource that addresses the challenges faced by English language learners (ELLs), who must acquire the content knowledge necessary for academic success while simultaneously developing their English language competency. Effective Practices for English Language Learners: Principals from Five States Speak examines key practices of principals from 49 schools that have achieved excellent academic success. This resource has taken on the challenging task of describing both research and successful practices and the connections between the two. In the document, COI acknowledges that research has not gone far enough to identify “effective, high-quality instructional strategies or about school contexts that promote ELLs’ academic development.” In an effort fill this gap, COI identifies the characteristics of school practices that have experienced success for ELL students.

Specific examples of strategies that you have seen achieve success with ELL students would make this conversation richer. Please share any examples or strategies that would help others working to succeed with ELL populations.

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Paul Kimmelman, Ed. D.
Senior Advisor, Learning Point Associates

Education leaders must be responsive to compliance needs, but that alone will not guarantee continuous improvement. Leadership must create conditions that foster innovative solutions and engage all educators in systemic reform to offer the best chance for success. These concepts are the basis of a new book, The School Leadership Triangle: From Compliance to Innovation, which I wrote on behalf of Learning Point Associates and was released by Corwin Press in March 2010.

The book is intended for school-based professional study groups to read and then collaboratively work on implementing authentic innovative approaches to their improvement work. The School Leadership Triangle includes contemporary ideas on distributing leadership throughout a school or district. The book is not a “cookbook” of solutions; instead, it is a framework to assist leaders in understanding why compliance has become so important to federal policymakers, how theory treats leadership as a behavioral science that supports the importance of teachers as school leaders, and what the process of innovation actually looks like.

The School Leadership Triangle provides a rare glimpse into the thought processes of members of Congress (including three of the primary leaders involved in passing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, other federal and state policymakers, education practitioners, and innovation experts who are highlighted in their own words.

Educators who recognize the importance of innovative solutions in overcoming the obstacles of successful reform efforts should gain an understanding of approaches that will help them engage in the process of innovation. The insight of leaders and policymakers, practical applications, and a framework to support innovation are three things that can help leaders implement innovative reform.