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An Education World Online Course for Professional Development


Including ELL Students in Literacy Instruction (K-5)

How to connect with and support both students and families

Price: $49


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Target Audience: Kindergarten through 5th grade educators.This course is designed for teachers, after school professionals or any educator looking to meaningfully include students in literacy instruction. Many of the strategies, tips and tools learned in this course can be immediately implemented with your students.

Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to support educators that work with students that are English Language Learners by providing them with information about ELL students, strategies for creating a welcoming environment, tools for meaningfully including students in literacy instruction, and guidance on connecting with limited-English speaking families. Upon completion of this course, educators should feel more confident in their ability to support their ELL students.

Course Description: Participants of this course will learn not only how to meaningfully include their ELL students in literacy instruction, but also about the outside forces affecting these students, how to find quality literature that best represents them, and tips on how to connect with and support both students and families. Participants will be provided with practical strategies that can be immediately implemented with their students. The course is interactive and includes links to articles and scholarly writings, videos, slideshows, discussion posts, assignments, and instructor feedback.

Course Goals: The information provided in this course will teach you the following.


  • Articulate important background information about ELL students to increase overall understanding of how to better support students
  • Expose educators to strategies for successfully finding quality literature that celebrates the diversity of their students and meaningfully includes ELL students in literacy instruction
  • Provide information and access to tools and resources for ongoing support of ELL students in instruction and daily school life


Technology Needed to Complete: You will need a computer with an updated browser to complete the course. In addition, you will need a working and valid email address.



Upon completion of this course you will receive a Certificate of Completion stating your name, date, hours and name of the course. 

NY State CTLE Certified - Our online courses are CTLE NY State certified.  

Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by your administration? Download the course description here.



Amanda MacDonnell is a former early childhood classroom teacher and lifelong learner. She is certified to teach both P-3 and K-6 and has been working proficiency in speaking Spanish. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with a focus in Sociology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She recently received my Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governor's University where she began creating professional development courses. She spent her first few years out of school teaching in early childhood and loved every moment of being an early childhood teacher, especially when she realized how much they were truly capable of. Working in early childhood is where she found a particular passion for literacy instruction and quality literature. She made the decision to leave the classroom while she was in graduate school to work in the private/retail side of education so that she could have the opportunity to work with larger and more diverse groups of students of all ages. She currently works creating classroom library solutions by collaborating with hundreds of publishers to bring schools and teachers quality literature customized to their educational needs.



In 2016, Education World Partnered with S&S Worldwide to begin offering both online and on-site workshops and courses to educators across the world. Many of our subscribers and readers are required to obtain continuing education and Professional Development hours throughout their careers. Time, relevancy and quality are the concerns we hear across all industries in regards to Professional Development available, so we wanted to help change that. As we head into our third year of offering Professional Development services, we are proud to say we've helped over 4000 professionals with their online PD needs so far.


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When does the course start and finish? Most courses available start as soon as you enroll and can be taken at your pace. We suggest trying to have it done within 4-6 weeks.

Graduate level courses operate like a normal college level course and have a start and end date. Refer to the course you are interested in or contact us for a list of start dates.


What type of payment is accepted for this course?  **Courses with available CEUs or Graduate Credits have an additional cost through a University associated with them if you plan to obtain the credits. Professional Development hours through the S&S Online School come with the course enrollment fee.

Credit Card - The easiest way to pay for one of our online courses is to use your credit card. Our online system will send an email receipt after you place your order with your credit card which you should be able to use for reimbursement.

Payment with a Purchase Order (PO) - We are happy to take payment via Purchase Order (PO). Remember, however, we cannot have you start the course until the PO has been paid for by your school or school district. *Please make note that for graduate courses we will need a PO several weeks in advance and payment before the start of the course.


  • Email us your PO ([email protected]). Make sure to include the following information; make PO out to S&S Worldwide-The Educators Network, 75 Mill St., Colchester, CT 06415, Phone: 678-764-2536, Email: [email protected], include the name of the teacher who is taking the course along with his/her email, include name of course, include billing email as we will want to email the invoice promptly.
  • After we receive your emailed PO, we will email you the invoice
  • Pay the Invoice
  • We will register the teacher in the course for you and then we will send an email to the teacher telling them of their UN and PW for the website. They can start the course at anytime after that.


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