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Mid-State RBERN Library - contains hundreds of books, videos and other materials to support the education of ELLs 

  • Directions for borrowing books:
    • Search the RBERN card catalog and ask your school librarian to do an inter-library loan for you
    • or save items to "My Bookbag", then email the bookbag to with your name, title, where to mail, school and district in the comments area.
  • Directions for borrowing IPADS:
    • Fill out the IPAD loan request and send it to  We will then get back to you regarding loan.
  • Directions for borrowing Ebooks:
    • Click on EBooks button, view books for English Language Learners

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25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom, Grades 3-8: Easy, Low-Prep Assessments That Help You Pinpoint Students' Needs and Reach

By Judith Dodge
ISBN: 9780545087421

This collection of quick, flexible, informal assessments helps teachers take a snapshot of student learning—at any time during a lesson or unit of study, in any curriculum area. Students' responses give teachers a clear picture of what students know and what they need help with, what material to reteach or extend, and how to pace instruction. Designed to engage a range of learning styles and skills, the assessments come with an easy step-by-step plan, grade-level modifications, tiering tips, and student samples!

Assessing English Language Learners Bridges to Educational Equity

By Margo Gottlieb
ISBN: 9781483381060

This thoroughly updated edition of Gottlieb’s classic delivers a complete set of tools, techniques, and ideas for planning and implementing instructional assessment of ELLs.

Breaking Through: Effective Instruction & Assessment for Reaching English Learners

By Margarita Calderon and Anthology
ISBN: 9781936765362

Bronze Medal Winner--2013 Independent Publisher Book Award
Utilizing new research and field studies, this book provides a whole-school approach to helping English learners (ELs) achieve academically while they learn English. Discover why ELs learn better when language, literacy, and subject matter are integrated, and learn how to prepare all teachers in a school to meet the needs of this growing student population

Building Academic Language: Meeting Common Core Standards Across Disciplines, Grades 5-12

By Jeff Zwiers
ISBN:  9781118744857

The Second Edition of Building Academic Language includes new strategies for addressing specific Common Core standards and also provides answers to the most important questions across various content areas.

Cultivating Knowledge, Building Language; Literacy Instruction for English Learners

by Nonie K. Lesaux, Julie Russ Harris and Nell K Kuke (editor)
ISBN: 9780325062501

In today's linguistically diverse elementary classrooms, research suggests that a universal approach to building academic vocabulary and conceptual knowledge holds huge promise for closing the opportunity gaps among English learners. In Cultivating Knowledge, Building Language, Nonie Lesaux and Julie Harris present a knowledge-based approach to literacy instruction that supports young English learners' development of academic content and vocabulary knowledge and sets them up for reading success

Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement & Rigor Among Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

by Zaretta Hammond
ISBN:  9781483308012

A bold, brain-based teaching approach to culturally responsive instruction

In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.

The Daily 5 Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades

by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
ISBN:  9781571109743

The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.

Data-Enhanced Leadership

By Alan M Blankstein, Paul D Houston, Rober W Cole – editors
ISBN: 9781412949347

This compact volume combines research, practice, and innovative thinking to illustrate how strategic application of data enhances leadership practices and significantly improves curriculum, instruction, and schoolwide performance.

Differentiated Assessment: How to Assess the Learning Potential of Every Student Grades 6-12

by Evangeline Harris Stefanakis and Deborah Meier
ISBN:  9780470230817

A comprehensive assessment system for working with underperforming students
This book describes a comprehensive assessment system especially appropriate for multilingual and "differentiated" classrooms with large numbers of underperforming students. Drawing from Multiple Intelligences theory, the approach is specifically aimed at helping teachers understand how each student learns and how best to tailor instruction to serve individual students' needs. Although the program makes use of conventional standardized tests and disability screenings, it places special importance on two approaches in particular: Student Portfolio Assessments and Personalized Learning Profiles.

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition

By Carol Ann Tomlinson
ISBN: 9781416618607

This book's insightful guidance on what to differentiate, how to differentiate, and why lays the groundwork for bringing differentiated instruction into your own classroom or refining the work you already do to help each of your wonderfully unique learners move toward greater knowledge, more advanced skills, and expanded understanding. Today more than ever, The Differentiated Classroom is a must-have staple for every teacher s shelf and every school s professional development collection.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All, 3rd Edition

By Gayle H. Gregory and Carolyn M Chapman    ISBN: 9781452260983

If you're in need of a single resource to put differentiated instruction immediately into practice, then follow the lead of 100,000+ teachers and look to Gregory and Chapman's ground-breaking text. With new strategies, updates throughout, a Common Core lesson-planning template, and a larger format, the third edition is an even richer resource.

Enriching Practice in Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Classroom: A guide for Teachers & Teacher Educators

by Eva Ponte & Christina Higgins
ISBN: 9781934000182

Presents a contextualized professional development model that prepares mainstream educators to teach English language learners. Features example of university-school partnership in Hawaii.   Provides step-by-step guidance for educators in other culturally and linguistically diverse school and community contexts.

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

by Alan M. Blankstein, Pedro Noguera & Lorena Kelly  ISBN: 9781416622505

Excellence Through Equity is an inspiring look at how real-world educators are creating schools where all students are able to thrive. In these schools, educators understand that equity is not about treating all children the same. They are deeply committed to ensuring that each student receives what he or she individually needs to develop their full potential and succeed.

Fostering Resilient Learners Strategies for Creating A Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

By Kristin Souers and Pet Hall
ISBN: 9781416621072

In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue--childhood trauma--and its profound effect on learning and teaching.

Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings. The authors--a mental health therapist and a veteran principal--provide proven, reliable strategies to help you.

Literacy Strategies for English Learners in Core Content Secondary Classrooms

By Margarita Espino Calderon, Maria N. Trejo, Hector Montenegro
ISBN:  9781936763214

Motivate English learners to boost proficiency with confidence. This book focuses on instructional strategies that integrate language, literacy, and content across all subject areas in secondary education. Presenting instructional methods within the framework of the Common Core and other state standards, the authors demonstrate how rigorous instruction can help amplify students' self-worth and promote more significant learning to ensure all students thrive.

Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners: Practical Strategies to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills

by Larry Ferlazzo & Katie Hull Sypnieski
ISBN: 9781119023005

Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners is the much-needed practical guide for ESL/ELL instructors. Written by experienced teachers of English Language Learners, this book provides a sequel to the highly-regarded ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide and is designed to help teachers implement the Common Core in the ELL classroom. You'll find a digest of the latest research and developments in ELL education, along with comprehensive guidance in reading and writing, social studies, math, science, Social Emotional Learning and more. The Common Core is discussed in the context of ESL, including the opportunities and challenges specific to ELL students. Ready-to-use lesson plans and reproducible handouts help you bring these ideas into the classroom, and expert guidance helps you instill the higher-order thinking skills the Common Core requires.

Reading Nonfiction: Notices & Note Stances, Signposts, & Strategies

By Kylene Beers & Robert E Probst
ISBN: 9780325050805

When students recognize that nonfiction ought to challenge us, ought to slow us down and make us think, then they're more likely to become close readers." That means we need to help them question texts, authors, and, ultimately, their own thinking. No matter the content area, with Reading Nonfiction's classroom-tested suggestions, you'll lead kids toward skillful and responsible disciplinary literacy.

We all know the value of helping students define nonfiction and understand its text structures. Reading Nonfiction goes the next crucial step-helping kids challenge the claims of nonfiction authors, be challenged by them, and skillfully and rigorously make up their mind about purported truths.

Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial & Cultural Justice, 2nd Edition

By Wayne Au
ISBN:  9780942961539

This new and expanded edition collects the best articles dealing with race and culture in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine. Moving beyond a simplistic focus on heroes and holidays, and foods and festivals, Rethinking Multicultural Education demonstrates a powerful vision of anti-racist, social justice education. Practical, rich in story, and analytically sharp, Rethinking Multicultural Education reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression in schools and society.

Strategies for Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning

By Sharroky Hollie
ISBN: 9781425814625

Provide teachers with concrete strategies to support instruction for students with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Incorporate the tools and tips in this resource into daily instruction to educate students of diverse backgrounds. Educators will learn to examine all aspects of teaching practices in order to be successful in educating all students to the expectation of today's standards. Use this professional resource to build an understanding of the significance of teaching practices, the classroom environment, and assignments in regards to the increasingly diverse student populations

Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners Essential Strategies for Middle & High School

by Nancy Cloud, Judah Lakin, Erin Leininger & Maxwell Laura
ISBN: 9781934000007

This practical guide is grounded in the latest research on adolescent literacy development. It features effective strategies that general education teachers, ESL teachers, and guidance counselors can use to ensure that middle and high school English language learners develop proficiency in academic English, succeed in school, and graduate.

Teaching Reading & Comprehension to English Learners, K-5

By Margarita Calderón
ISBN: 9781935542032

As more English learners enroll in school each year, teachers and administrators are concerned with the large gap in reading and academic standing between ELs and students performing at grade level. This book addresses the language, literacy, and content instructional needs of ELs and frames quality instruction within effective schooling structures and the implementation of RTI.

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: Differentiated Literacies, 2nd Edition

By Socorro G. Herrera, Della R Perez and Kathy Escamilla
ISBN: 9780132855198

A practical, research-based guide, Teaching Reading to English Language Learners gives ESL teachers and grade-level teachers the information and strategies they need to support second language literacy development with their Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners, in addition to the program the school already has in place. Throughout, the authors guide teachers to modify literacy instruction to address both the assets and the needs of their English learners. Included are strategies for converting research into practical application; illustrative student samples from multiple grade levels and language backgrounds; teacher insights; a look at the sociocultural, academic, cognitive, and linguistic dimensions of the CLD student biography; and a number of helpful pedagogical aids.

TOEFL Strategies and Tips  Outsmart the TOEFL

By Pamela Sharpe Ph.D.
ISBN: 9781438075662

An internationally recognized ESL teacher and TOEFL test-taking advisor presents detailed, step-by-step coaching designed to help students succeed on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

This book helps students prepare for the TOEFL before they take the test, and it helps them outsmart the TOEFL while they are actually taking the test.

Writing Strategies for All Primary Students: Scaffolding Independent Writing with Differentiated Mini-Lessons, Grades K-3

By Janet C Richards and Cynthia A Lassonde
ISBN:  9780470610718

A guide for teaching all your students the skills they need to be successful writers

The 25 mini-lessons provided in this book are designed to develop students’ self-regulated writing behaviors and enhance their self-perceived writing abilities.






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