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Press Release: Goalbook Expands Toolkit to Support ELL Instructional Design
Solution aids nationwide effort to meet the growing academic needs of ELL students
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2014) — Goalbook is proud to announce the addition of English Language Learner (ELL) instructional resources to its Toolkit. The ELL content expands Goalbook’s existing repository of PK-12 academic and social emotional resources. With the ELL release, Goalbook continues its mission of empowering teachers to ensure access and equity for all students.
The ELL resources will be officially unveiled at the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) annual conference in February. Goalbook’s Toolkit supports educators in the design of instructional objectives aligned to academic standards, and the new content is differentiated according to language development level, such as WIDA and the California ELD Standards.
English Language Learners (ELLs) comprise the most rapidly growing segment of students in K-12. More than 10 percent of students are now identified as foreign language learners of English. A growing body of academic research has revealed successful instructional practices that help close the achievement gap between ELLs and their peers, prompting schools and districts across the country to implement these practices into their classrooms.
“Designing instruction that is both academically rigorous and accessible to ELLs can be a daunting task for educators, especially with the rapid transition to new college and career readiness standards,” said Daniel Jhin Yoo, co-founder and CEO of Goalbook. “We are excited to serve educators by providing resources and tools that accelerate their instructional planning and lesson design to ensure that all students in their classroom are successful.”
“We are committed to supporting our English Language Learners with differentiated instruction,” said Janet Horowitz, director of special education at Grass Valley School District in California. “Our educators find the Goalbook Toolkit invaluable in preparing for IEP’s and daily instruction.”
Goalbook outlines ELL strategies that demonstrate how to implement research-based frameworks, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and GLAD, in effective instructional design. This alignment to standards and built-in differentiation empowers educators to design instruction that makes academic content accessible and meaningful for ELL students.
Goalbook’s mission is to empower teachers to ensure access and equity for all students. The team integrates innovative technology, professional development, and leading pedagogical research to offer a holistic solution for helping teachers personalize instruction for students. Founded by former teachers and administrators, Daniel Jhin Yoo and Justin Su, Goalbook partners with over 100 district customers in 30 states. Goalbook was part of ImagineK12’s inaugural class and the first company funded through New Schools Venture Fund’s Seed Fund. Learn more at www.goalbookapp.com.
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