• Session One: Exploring My Culture and ELs Strengths
  • Session Two: Developing Understandings of Culture--Mine and My ELs
  • Session Three: Considering ELs as a Resource in My Teaching
  • Session Four: Developing Knowledge of Assets and Legal Obligations
  • Session Five: Attending to Standards and Classifications with WIDA
  • Session Six: Positioning ELs within the School Game
  • Session Seven: Promoting ELs Learning through My Learning
  • Session Eight: Celebrating and Presenting My Learning
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  • HW 4.4: Reviewing and Analyzing Landmark Cases/Legislation Involving ELs

    Developing Understanding of the Laws Concerning ELs and Education


    Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

    Identify the historical, educational and political realities in policies, programs, and practice for English learners.

    Assessment: 50 pts.

    Due: Session 5

    Teachers, when knowledgeable about federal Supreme Court decisions, can align their daily work and practice for ELLs with the law.

    Students have made inferences into judicial law through case studies. They are now positioned to analyze digests of applicable federal laws and court decisions.


    1. Using this worksheet which contains details about landmark court cases for educating ELs, you will review and analyze the cases. 
    2. Read the summary of each case and respond to the topics in each column.
    3. Decide whether the law/court decision takes a problem, right, or resource orientation to English learners and record your conjecture.
    4. Determine whether the law/court decision supports or opposes the second language acquisition facts. Record your response.
    5. Identify the legal obligations asserted in the law. Record your response.
    6. Identify the moral/ethical obligations asserted by the law. Record your response, paying particular interest to the differences and similarities between legal obligations and moral/ethical ones.
    7. Be sure you have responded in each column of the chart answered all the questions. 
    8. Think about the Dear Colleagues Memo and reconsider the mandates named in that document. 

    This content is provided to you freely by BYU Open Learning Network.

    Access it online or download it at https://open.byu.edu/bilingual_education/hw_4.5.