front-page-boyCourse Crafters, Inc. is a curriculum development and consulting company founded by Lise Ragan that specializes in the creation of state-of-the-art materials, tools, and resources for the growing population of emergent bilingual students—also called English Language Learners (ELLs), English Learners (ELs), and Dual Language Learners (DLLs)—and their teachers, PreK-grade 12.  Course Crafters collaborates with other ELL specialists, school districts, and educational publishing companies to provide research-based education solutions for addressing the unique instructional needs and developing the assets of ELLs and their families. Our goal is ensuring the academic success of each and every English learner.

Course Crafters has been researching, planning, designing, developing, and publishing practice-based curricula and resources for emergent bilingual students and resources for teachers of ELs since 1993.

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  • Flexible Grouping: Nobody Ever Said Teaching Was Easy!

    By Dr. Suzanne Irujo, ELL Outlook™ Contributing Writer

    This is the fourth in a series of articles that explore classroom implications of some of the findings of a study done by Gándara, Maxwell-Jolly, & Driscoll (2005). These researchers interviewed teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in California and identified challenges they face.

    In previous articles in this series, we have seen that teachers of ELLs don’t have:

    • enough time to teach all of the required subject matter to ELLs;
    • enough materials to appropriately teach and assess ELLs;
    • enough professional development to help them teach ELLs.

    On top of all this, the 2005 Gándara et al. study found that “teachers expressed frustration with the wide range of English language and academic levels often found in their classrooms” (p. 8).

    So if you’re a teacher of ELLs, you have no time, no materials, and no professional development. Now you find that you also have students at various levels of language proficiency and academic achievement in your classes. At this point, you must surely be wondering what ever made you want to be a teacher. (more…)