Goalbook recently announced that English Language Learner (ELL) goals are now available for educators of ELLs. This is great news for those who are looking at ways to enhance ELL curriculum through specific measurable goals for students at various language levels. I was thrilled with this announcement as an ELL teacher and Goalbook contributor. Goalbook’s toolkit is an amazing curricular resource!
Goalbook’s initial focus was providing a tool for teachers of students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), but have now expanded to provide tools for educators working with other sub-populations of students. If you haven’t seen Goalbook’s Toolkit, you can check it out here: Goalbook Toolkit
Goalbook’s ELL goals are aligned to Common Core Standards and ELL frameworks (WIDA or California ELD Standards) and are searchable so that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Search by grade level, Common Core Standard, ELD Standard, or language domain. Try it out. Browse ELL goals here.
Each goal is written at “Beginner”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced” levels, and as stated previously, aligned not only to Common Core, but also to WIDA and/or California ELD standards. This enables teachers to differentiate instruction for various levels of ELLs in the same classroom. If the goal isn’t exactly how you want it to be, it can be edited and then saved to your goal library. Take a look at the screenshot below:
Goalbook provides proven instructional strategies that help teachers make English comprehensible to ELLs. Here’s a glossary of Goalbook’s UDL-based teaching strategies. Each goal embeds a number of these strategies so that ELLs of every language ability are able to access the curriculum. Also, it is easy to find out more about highlighted strategies within a goal by simply hovering the mouse cursor over highlighted text.
Goalbook’s Toolkit is free for 30 days. After that, you can continue with limited access or choose to pay for full access to the Toolkit. Visit Goalbookapp.com to learn more.