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At Ellevation, Continuous Learning is a core value - and there is no better group to learn from than our partners. During this back to school season, we’re introducing several new features and updates that are a direct result of listening to their feedback. What tasks do you do over and over again that we can make faster and easier? What student data do you find yourself hunting for that we can surface? When do you find yourself saying “If only everyone in my district knew this,” where we can help spread the knowledge?
Here are just some of the exciting new features we’re confident will help ELL educators better serve their English language learners.
Our partners love how Ellevation stores and provides access to so many key data points about ELLs, but there was a missing piece to the puzzle: electronic versions of key documents. So often relegated to a folder somewhere deep in the central office, key ELL documents should be available to anyone within Ellevation who has access to an ELL’s record. And now, with Student Document Storage, we've made this possible:
Student Document Storage is available to all partners that purchase Ellevation Collaborate.
Ellevation’s Monitoring feature has taken off like a rocket. Tens of thousands of digital monitoring forms are filled out by classroom teachers in Ellevation each semester, and we’ve gotten great feedback about them. Based on what we’ve learned, we’ve made some key improvements to make this feature even better!
Monitoring is available to all partners that purchase Ellevation Collaborate.
Many of our partners heard about Instructional Strategies, which we developed after many months of listening to the instructional needs of ELL departments and teachers across the country. This tool allows classroom teachers to be more effective educators of ELLs, containing a suite of actionable activities to be used across grade levels and content areas, all while embedding supports for your ELLs based on student proficiency levels.
We haven’t rested though. As with every new feature at Ellevation, we continue to learn from our partners and are excited to announce new features within Strategies.
ELL specialists can better inform instruction by recommending specific activities for classroom teachers to use with ELLs. Here’s how it works:
Classroom activities are available to partners that purchase Ellevation Strategies.
We’ve learned that classroom teachers love content examples that show how an activity could work in their subject area and grade level. We’re pleased to announce that this fall we’ll be adding over 1,000 more content examples. Each activity will soon have a content example for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, at every grade level, and they will be linked to college and career readiness standards.
We continue to add new activities and plan to make more than 80 available by the end of fall. These classroom activities are designed to be universal enough that a teacher could choose a strategy—based upon the needs of the students—and apply it to any content unit or lesson. Multiply those 80 activities by the array of lessons taught by teachers every day, and the possibilities are endless.
We’ve made some smaller improvements as well:
Test Accommodation Recommendations
For our partners in Texas, we’re introducing a new feature this fall, allowing LPAC users to gather teacher recommendations for testing accommodations, and accept those accommodations during the Mid-Year Assessment LPAC. Key features include:
We are pleased to announce a partnership with TestHound. Now, the testing accommodations that are set within Ellevation can be automatically sent to TestHound and uploaded into their system. Stay tuned to an announcement from your partner support manager to learn how to configure your automated export of testing accommodations this fall.
At Ellevation, we’re tirelessly dedicated to improving our ELL software. We can’t wait to hear what our partners think of the new features, and we especially can’t wait to share more improvements that are just around the corner, including an updated user-experience.
Finally, we look forward to hearing how our improvements may have played a small role in helping hard-working educators do what they do best - create a better future for English language learners.
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