ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families
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What is BELLA?
Bridging English Language Learning and Academics (BELLA) is a professional development program for classroom and ESL teachers to support language and literacy growth for their multilingual learners. The BELLA model has three key components:
Collaborationbetween the ESL teacher and classroom teachers;
High-impact instructional strategies for working with multilingual learners;
Cultural wealth in the classroom.
ESL and classroom teachers work together for a full school year with the support of an implementation coach.
The purpose of the BELLA study is to test the efficacy of the Bridging English Language Learning to Academics (BELLA) professional development program for improving instructional practices and students' language and literacy growth. The goals of the program are to support teachers in modifying their instructional practices to facilitate their students' academic progress.
Improving classroom practices through:
Collaboration between the ESL and classroom teachers
Implementation of high-impact instructional strategies
Incorporation of the students’ cultural wealth into the classroom
Supporting students' progress in:
Foundational literacy skills
Language and writing skills
Comprehension for literature and informational texts