Focus on American Indian English Language Learners
In this bulletin, WIDA presents guiding principles for educators working with American Indian students identified as English language learners (ELLs). These principles were identified in conjunction with Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice at Arizona State University, and David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The four guiding principles focus on:
connecting instruction to students’ culture and community,
connecting to students and their community through by listening to their needs,
building connections between the classroom and parents/community, and
demonstrating teachers as learners as well.
Included in this bulletin are vignettes from teachers that highlight their own classroom practices and experiences. The goal of these guiding principles is to recognize and foster collaboration among students, the school at large, and the community.