Colorin Colorado is a fantastic web site I stumbled upon while searching for resources for teachers/administrators and parents of ELL (English Language Learners). Colorin Colorado, “is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado’s mission is to find research-based and best-practice information about teaching reading to English language learners (ELLs) and use the power and reach of the Internet to make it widely available to parents, educators, and policymakers.” This “About Us” statement hardly even scratches the surface of this vast resource. Colorin provides everything from articles and information to podcasts/videos, E-newsletters, tool-kits, support and more for teachers, administrators and families/parents of Pre-K through 12th graders. Informative articles range topics as diverse as activities, to multicultural education, writing, policy and so much more. Broken down by user (i.e. parent, teacher or admin), language (a fully-bi-lingual web site), topic and resource, parents and teachers will find free at home activities, advice, information and tools to help their ELL student excel at school. And really, the information on this site, could very easily be adapted to non-ELL students as well.
Colorin Colorado reminds us that, “The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in five children has serious difficulties learning to read. These children are potentially among the most troubled kids in society. […] By 2025, the nationwide school-age population will be 25 percent Latino, and states such as California, Texas, Florida, and New York will have public school districts that are more than 50 percent Latino. These children are all not only learning to read, but they are struggling to do it in their non-native language. With early identification and a lot of help, however, these children can flourish; without it they are at high risk for school failure.”
Teachers, administrators and parents: this web site must be explored, quickly bookmarked, frequently used and passed on. It is a user-friendly well of information, resources and support to help your students fall in love with reading, writing and learning.
Bonus points if you can tell me what “Colorin Colorado” means (my ploy to get you on their web site!),