Free Tools

Student Shadowing Tool

Data collected from shadowing ELL students can provide insights into student needs and become a catalyst for change. You can download the shadowing document featured at the 2018 WIDA National Conference and the 2018 Learning Forward Conference here. The document includes directions for use on the back.

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ELD Teacher Self-Assessment

English Language Development (ELD) specialists are now expected to take on more and more roles and be skilled in areas well beyond language instruction in a self-contained classroom. If ELD teachers understand their abilities and are interested in developing their skills in other areas, they can become the leaders that many principals desperately need. This resource provides a self-assessment or checklist of skills required of many ELD teachers.

For more information about these skills, go to the article “Seven Scenarios to Transform ESL Teachers to Leaders” at


Spanish-English Question Cards

Teachers ask a lot of questions! However, if you work with beginning level English Language Learners, they may not even understand the question you are asking. Post and use these translated, visual question cards, so Spanish speaking ELLs will at least know if you are asking ‘who’, ‘when’, ‘where’, etc. Translate question words into all the native languages represented in your classroom. Because Spanish represents the native language of the highest percentage of our ELLs in the US, I’ve included that language on these cards.