See Our ELD Program in Action
The videos below are real classroom teachers using the ELD curriculum to help students learn to read in their classrooms. Video #1 shows how a teacher uses the lesson on spelling patterns for pronunciation with her ELD students. Video #2 demonstrates an ELD teacher using the tracked reading strategy with a lesson on the alphabet. Video #3 shows how checking for understanding throughout the lesson allows the ELD teacher to assess whether students are learning in real-time.
Checking for Understanding
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what level to place students into?
The Launch to Literacy levels are aligned with similar levels in TESOL, California ELD standards, and WIDA ELD standards.
Another quick way to determine the best fit for students is to review the Scope and Sequence documents for levels A, B, and C above. Each document gives a comprehensive overview of what is taught at that level.
How do I incorporate Launch to Literacy with my existing ELA or ELD textbooks?
Launch to Literacy is designed to fit the needs of any ELD teacher. Teachers who have more dedicated time for ELD instruction can use the entire 2.5 hour program each day. Teachers who only have a small window of time for ELD instruction can use only the components they need.
For example, one school that is currently using Launch to Literacy came to us because their students were struggling with phonics and phonemic awareness, but teachers only had 35 minutes per day to dedicate to ELD instruction. Therefore, we suggested that they focus on the phonemic awareness and phonics blocks only.
How is Link to Literacy different from my current ELA/ELD textbook?
Over the years DataWORKS has studied hundreds of textbook adoptions, including the major ones that have recently been adopted for Common Core. Most textbooks on the market today provide English Learner accessible content, not English Language Development content. Accessible content teaches students English Language Arts, and as an aside, they provide shortened stories and simplified questions that are more accessible to English learners. Launch to Literacy systematically teaches students to read, write, and speak English.
That doesn’t mean English learners should not receive grade-level ELA instruction. They absolutely should! But they also need to receive systematic ELD instruction to build English proficiency.
How much does the Launch to Literacy program cost?
Teachers receive complete access to the Launch to Literacy program for one full year for $250 per teacher (that’s less than $1.50 per day!).
Please call our office (800) 495-1550 to inquire about student workbook pricing.