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Supporting EL Students: Collaborative Approaches & Online Learning

This presentation will guide you through methods to strengthen teacher-paraeducator partnerships. You will reflect on your partnership with your classroom teacher(s) and examine what online collaboration could look like during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, you will explore strategies and resources to teach K-12 ELs online. A webinar and connected Padlet page will outline tools to share with your EL students and classroom teacher(s). Local resources and additional considerations for EL families will also be provided. 


The PowerPoint presentation, Supporting EL Students: Collaborative Approaches & Online Learning, will guide you through attached articles and videos. You will fill out the guided worksheet as you move through each activity in the PowerPoint presentation. The worksheet will help you record useful resources and will be helpful to consult during our de-brief session. 


3. Handouts:

Best Practices for Supporting ELs Online: Lessons Borrowed from Special Education

Like students in special education, ELs require additional educational supports in the classroom. Now that learning has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we should continue to seek ways to provide additional support in order to improve ELs’ learning experiences at home. This module invites you to critically reflect on your practice as you move to providing educational support to your ELs in online platforms. The module includes an hour-long webinar, accompanying slides, a guided note-taking worksheet, and a short article. At the end of the module, you will be prepared to (re)consider your workflow during online education and derive strategies for improving your support of ELs.


  1. Preview the handout titled, Best Practices for Educating Online
  2. Watch the video, Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19, presented by the Council for Exceptional Children. If you would like to view the slides while you watch, you can find the link below.
  3. While you watch the video, pause at intervals and answer the critical reflection questions in the Guided Note Taking Worksheet.  The numbers in each question (00:00) refer to the minute mark of the video. 
  4. Read the article, New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home. The strategies and takeaways from the document are highlighted for your convenience.
    (Highlighting is one strategy that you might be able to use with your ELs as they learn from home.)
  5. Finally, revisit the Best Practices for Educating Online. Reflect on which of the strategies would suit your students and make a plan to put them into practice!
  6. When you have completed both modules, please complete the survey.



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