Advocating for Change: Addressing the Impact of Access Testing on ELL Students with Special Guest, Mariel Norris

ACCESS testing for ELLs

Teacher, are you finding yourself in the whirlwind of ACCESS testing?

In episode 110 of the Equipping ELLs podcast, host Beth Vaucher welcomes Mariel Norris. Beth connected with Mariel after reading her article, “How We Can Help Daniela” published in the Washington Monthly. In this article, Mariel shares her experience with Daniela, a pseudonym for a real-life student of Mariel’s. After cominbalenciaga 2017 shoes nike daybreak uomo comprar fatos de treino adidas baratos callaway reva femme Bonnets rugby corner veste femme pied de poule marron škare za plastične cijevi brandon aiyuk youth jersey adidas yeezy 700 v3 puma suede classic velvet sneakers in cordovan leather calfskin velvet tongue and toe cap suport tableta bord tp link remote control ćwiczenia na rowerze nike air max ivo black and white Purchase Iowa rugby uniforms, Iowa olive jerseys, Iowa rugby shoes, and other accessories g to the states as a kindergartener, Daniela came to Mariel’s class as a 7th grader, fluently speaking English. Because she could not pass the ACCESS test, however, Daniela spent year after year languishing in the ESL classroom, while her real educational needs went unaddressed.

Mariel Norris, with over a decade of teaching experience and a heart dedicated to ESL education, takes you on a journey through the highs and lows of her own teaching adventures, across grade levels and seas. And when it comes to ACCESS testing, she has great insights and is able to articulate the many areas for improvement.

Mariel breaks down the nitty-gritty of ACCESS testing – that annual hurdle we all know too well. Listen in as she dives deep into why this test matters, how it shapes ELL services, and the real impact it has on our students. It’s not just about ticking boxes; it’s about understanding our students on a whole new level.

And Mariel elaborates on “How We Can Help Daniela,” her article that will tug at your heartstrings, showcasing the real struggles of ELLs in the face of strict testing criteria. We’re not just talking academics; we’re talking about the heart of education.

Mariel shares about the problems that teachers face when they open up their 90-page facilitator’s manual and the astronomical expense that states pay for ACCESS testing. But fear not, because this episode isn’t just about problems; it’s about solutions and making ACCESS testing work for our students, not against them.

We want YOU to be armed with insights and inspiration to become advocates for change. Tune in to the full episode to hear how we can make ACCESS testing more student-friendly and why it’s time to connect with those behind the scenes. We’re not just talking the talk; we’re ready to walk the walk!

So hit play on episode 110 of the Equipping ELLs podcast, and join Mariel and Beth in a heart-to-heart about ACCESS testing. It’s not just a podcast; it’s your go-to guide in making a difference for your ELLs.

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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.



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