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Specific considerations for teachers of English Language Learners

New York State’s Education Law 3012-d requires that lead evaluators have appropriate guidance regarding specific considerations in evaluating teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs). Also, many school leaders and teachers have requested additional support in using Danielson's 2013 Framework for Teaching (FfT) rubric in classrooms in which student characteristics, subject content, or program models may differ significantly from other courses or subjects. In response, this document offers specific considerations for school leaders and teachers of ELLs through component-aligned questions (for each of the Framework's 22 components). These questions may be discussed when providing feedback, engaging in pre- and post-observations, and planning next steps; they are not to be used for evaluating teacher practice. In addition, teachers can use these questions voluntarily as a resource to guide their thinking as they plan and reflect on their instructional practice in how they are meeting the needs of ELLs.