The following tools and resources on academic language will assist instructional leaders.
Academic English: Implications for K-12 English Learners (http://ceee.gwu.edu/node/131). This 77-page article explains academic language, instructional practices used to teach it, teacher preparation and training to improve instructional practice, and policies that support academic language. This article is priority reading for administrators and leadership teams.
Closing the Achievement Gap - the Importance of Oral Language
(http://education.state.mn.us/mdeprod/groups/communications/documents/unzip/052022/index.html) Corrine Eisenhart, a former principal and current professor at Shippensberg University, presents examples of language development practices from kindergarten through grade three for teachers to view and use. This webinar will be important for administrators to know what they are looking for as well as how to support teachers in creating language rich environments.