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Five Essential Practices to Integrate Curriculum and Instruction for English Learners

Illustrated by Claribel González

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October 2021 | 280 pages | Corwin
Pool your collective wisdom in support of your English learners!

English Learners (ELs) and multilingual learners (MLs) have double the work of their English-speaking peers as they are required to master language and content simultaneously. To support this dynamic academic and language development process, all teachers need to have an understanding of language acquisition and EL/ML-specific methodologies along with offering social-emotional support to ELs/MLs and work in tandem with each other. 

Bestselling authors Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove have returned with this new resource that complements and expands on their previous titles on co-teaching and collaboration by addressing collaborative planning in greater depth. Co-planning is positioned as the first step toward integrative language and content instruction as regular and purposeful collaboration ensures that Els/MLs have access to core content.

Key features include: 

Practical, step-by-step guidance to starting and sustaining collaborative planning for integrated language, literacy, and social-emotional development 
An array of checklists, templates, and protocols for immediate implementation
Snapshots from the Field provide real-life examples of co-planning in action
Beautiful full-color design with original sketch notes to bring concepts to life
QR codes that link to author interviews elaborating on key ideas

This substantial guide will assist novice and seasoned educators alike in their move away from isolated practices and help them engage in collaborative planning and professional dialogue about asset-based, best practices for ELs/MLs.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Why is There a Need for a Book on Collaborative Planning?

What is Collaborative Planning?

What are Some Requirements for Successful Collaborative Planning?

What is in This Book?

How is This Book Organized?

Where is the Evidence for Collaborative Planning?

Words of Caution

Collaborative Reflection Questions

Collaborative Action Steps

Chapter 2: Curriculum Development, Mapping, and Alignment for Integrated Instruction
Curriculum Perspectives

The Challenges of Standards-Based Curriculum

Developing Curriculum with ELs/MLs in Mind

Quality Curriculum for ELs/MLs

Types of Programs and Related Curricula

Integrated Curricula for ELs/MLs

Defining Integrated Instruction for ELs/MLs

Designing Integrated Curricula for ELs/MLs

A Deeper Dive into Developing Integrated Curricula for ELs/MLs


Review, Revise, and Repeat

Tools of the Trade


Collaborative Reflection Questions

Chapter 3: Data-Informed Planning and Evidence-Based Instructional Decision Making
Learner Portraits

The Data-Informed Collaborative Planning Cycle

The Blueprint for Data-Informed Collaborative Planning

Tri-Part Approach to Assessment

Tools of the Trade


Collaborative Reflection Questions

Collaborative Action Steps

Chapter 4: Co-Planning Routines, Frameworks, and Protocols Overview
Defining Routines and Frameworks

General Tenets In Planning for Language Instruction

Collaborative Planning Frameworks

Instructional Frameworks

Understanding by Design

The Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRoR)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model

An Instructional Framework Using Multiple Lenses

Planning Content and Language/Literacy Integration

Planning Instruction Through Multiple Lenses


A Co-Planning Routine

Additional Co-Planning Routines

Planning with Instructional Routines in Mind

Increasing the Effectiveness of Collaborative Routines

Tools of the Trade


Collaborative Reflection Questions

Collaborative Action Steps

Chapter 5: Planning for Integrated Language and Literacy Development
Content and Language: What’s the Relationship?

Integrated Planning for Instruction

Planning for Academic Language on Three Dimensions

Suggestions for Planning Word-Level Academic Language Integration

Suggestions for Planning Sentence-Level Academic Language Integration

Suggestions for Planning Discourse-level Academic Language Integration

Multi-Dimensional Intentional Planning
Planning for Oracy and Literacy

Planning Across Levels of Literacy

Planning Across Literacy Roles

Planning for Language and Literacy Development Across Disciplines

Tools of the Trade


Collaborative Reflection Questions

Collaborative Action Steps

Chapter 6: Multidimensional Scaffolding for Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Research-Informed and Evidence-Based Best Practices (4 Rs)
Scaffolding Defined

Scaffolding Redefined for the 4 R’s

Scaffolding for Rigor

Scaffolding for Relevance

Scaffolding for Relationships

Scaffolding for Research-Informed and Evidence-Based Best Practices

Collaborative Planning with the 4 R’s

Unpacking the Nine Dimensions of Scaffolding

1. Instructional Scaffolding

2. Linguistic Scaffolding

3. Multimodal Scaffolding

4. Multisensory Scaffolding

5. Digital Scaffolding

6. Graphic Scaffolding

7. Collaborative Scaffolding

8. Social-Emotional Scaffolding

9. Environmental Scaffolding

Collaborative Planning Using the 9 Dimensions of Scaffolding

Tools of the Trade


Collaborative Reflection Questions

Collaborative Action Steps




"When Andrea and Maria shared that they were coming out with this book, they had me at co-planning. My practice has been transformed with their other books on co-teaching and teacher collaboration, and this newest book continues their advocacy for multilinguals through teacher collaboration. Just like their other resources, this book is practical, researched-based, and guided by practice. They share frameworks, structures, and processes for making the best of co-planning. With this book, they have lifted co-planning to its essential role in the co-teaching model."

Tan Huynh, International Educator

Co-planning can significantly elevate instruction, support teacher learning and development, and change the learning experiences for multilingual learners. Yet, there has long been a need for co-planning resources that are practical, research-based, and easy to implement. Honigsfeld and Dove fill that need as they share five essential components for effective collaborative planning with extensive classroom examples and ready-to-use resources.

Dr. Lindsey Moses
Associate Professor at Arizona State University

"Co-Planning offers an exciting and much-needed addition to the groundbreaking work Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove already done in the field of educating ELs/MLs. It is evident that they understand what teachers need to make collaboration successful. Throughout the book the authors use real-life examples from teachers who are doing the work in classrooms. The examples are relevant, current, and practical.

This guidebook will support efforts in leading a school faculty and staff towards a collaborative culture centered in equity, diversity, and inclusion.  In addition to the research-based approaches for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students, this book includes engaging graphics, useful checklists and planning resources, and an overall easy-to-read format. There are plenty of ideas to take to co-planning teams right away.

If you are an administrator, you’ll appreciate the structured and direct approach from these trusted experts. If you are a teacher reading the book, it will feel like you’re learning from a valued colleague. If you’re just getting started or have some co-teaching under your belt, this resource offers plenty of ideas for actionable next steps.

This is truly a delight to read!" 

Dr. Anne C. Ittner
Western Oregon University

"Co-Planning helps teachers move from isolation to collaboration to co-plan impactful lessons for MLs, and all students! The essential concepts and practical tools are relevant to ALL educators committed to deepening equitable access in linguistically-rich schools."

Tonya Ward Singer, Author of EL Excellence Every Day & Opening Doors to Equity

"While many leaders supporting ELs and MLs appreciate the imperative to integrate grade level content, literacy, and academic English in all subjects, few understand how to do it. Co-Planning: Five Essential Practices to Integrate Curriculum and Instruction for English Learners not only makes this crystal clear, but also provides leaders with critical resources for professional learning to support school and district improvement plans for all students.  Leaders will quickly recognize the intersection of the practices in this book with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, The 6 Principles for Exemplary of Teaching of English Learners, and the synthesis of educational leadership research presented in the Wallace Foundation report, How Principals Affect Students and Schools. Every educational leader needs this book!"

Dr. Karen C. Woodson, Founder
Leading for School Improvement

"Honigsfeld and Dove are THE experts on co-teaching and co-planning and this new book presents a deeper dive into co-planning, focusing on 'the HOW:' how to make collaboration happen and how to make collaboration impactful. The stunning visuals throughout the text increase engagement, promote deeper understanding, and model a relevant, research-supported strategy. The sample co-planning and co-teaching schedules are terrific tools to use when advocating with administrators. They help administrators see the possibility of making co-teaching happen within existing staffing realities. The reflection questions and action steps, included at the end of each chapter, are tools that help educators prepare to take immediate action. Teachers: get your book club ready; gear up your PLC! This book is exactly what you have been looking for to help you make co-teaching your reality."

Suzanne Toohey, Supervisor, Instruction & Pedagogy
Oakland Schools ISD

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