61 episodes

Equipping ELLs is a podcast for ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Each week you’ll hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents. Your host, Beth Vaucher, is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Learn more at www.inspiringyounglearners.com.

Equipping ELLs Beth Vaucher

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Equipping ELLs is a podcast for ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Each week you’ll hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents. Your host, Beth Vaucher, is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Learn more at www.inspiringyounglearners.com.

    60. Cultural Crash Course with Guest Margarita Pearce

    60. Cultural Crash Course with Guest Margarita Pearce

    Understanding where our students come from and who they are is so important to ensuring we are providing them with an environment where they feel welcome and respected. This may mean dismantling some assumptions we have about different countries and really trying to understand the countries they are coming from and the specific areas they are coming from. Margarita Pearce is joining us today to share her unique perspective and provide some insight and tips for ESL teachers.

    In this episode, Margarita is sharing what it was like growing up in Panama and her experience working with the U.S. Embassy in Panama and the Fullbright Program. We are diving into ways teachers can ensure that newcomers feel comfortable in their new school, why you should consider the challenges their families face and find ways to support them in understanding the school system, and tips for how teachers can create an environment that fosters success.

    Margarita Pearce was born and raised at the crossroads of the world, the Republic of Panama.  My education includes a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Biology both from universities in the U.S.A.  I also have TESOL certificate and I am completing my TEFL certification.  My teaching experience includes in-person and online ESL tutoring.  My background also includes counseling, student recruitment, and program management for universities in the U.S.A.

    Related Resources:


    Grab a copy of “Home Is in Between” by Mitali Perkins
    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/cultural-crash-course


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    • 38 min
    59. Small Steps to a Creating a Culturally Competent School with Guest Jocelynn Hubbard

    59. Small Steps to a Creating a Culturally Competent School with Guest Jocelynn Hubbard

    As ESL teachers, we are especially aware of how important it is for our ELL students to feel welcome, respected, and safe. Because of this, creating a culturally competent school environment is so important. Our guest today, Jocelynn Hubbard, is sharing how all teachers, admin, and staff play a huge role in creating this culturally competent environment for our students.

    Creating a culturally responsive environment takes effort from all staff members to not only learn new things, but to unlearn some biases they may unknowingly have. Knowing how to transform our school environment into one that is respectful and welcoming to all cultures can seem intimidating. Luckily Jocelynn is here to help us begin this process!

    In this episode, Jocelynn is sharing her experience in education and how she is helping schools now, what culturally responsive teaching is and why it is so important, how to develop cultural competency as a school, and actionable ways we can begin to transform our schools to be more culturally competent.

    Jocelynn Hubbard helps teachers spark joy during the learning experience by creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment for ALL their students. She is the founder and managing director of Custom Teaching Solutions, LLC and host of The Culture-Centered Classroom podcast. She has 16+ years of experience in education as an educator, speaker, professional development creator and facilitator. Driven by a passion to see the diverse people of our world feel welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated, she provides training on becoming and remaining culturally competent. As a wife and mother of five, her goals include squeezing in time for exercise, finding moments of joy each day, and parenting each of her children as unique individuals.

    Related Resources:


    Grab your FREE “5 Ways to Create an Inclusive Classroom” guide
    Kickstart Your Culturally Responsive Teaching Course
    The Culture Centered Teacher Training Workshops for Schools
    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/culturally-competent-school


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    • 32 min
    58. 12 PD Topics to Steal Now!

    58. 12 PD Topics to Steal Now!

    Have you been asked to provide training to the staff on supporting ELLs but have no idea what you could present on? I see people asking all the time what they can do to provide training or PD to their school staff on supporting ELLs. If you’ve been there, I’ve got you! I am sharing 12 ideas for PD training you can feel confident sharing with teachers.

    You may be thinking that you are still trying to figure out how to best support your ELLs so there is no way you could train others. Remember, YOU are the expert! We want to inspire and encourage staff to see how easy it is for them to support their ELLs and who better to do that than you?

    In this episode, we are diving into different topics you can steal for a presentation, training, or PD mini series. We are covering 12 topics that can help teachers just beginning to support ELLs through the advanced level teacher, ideas for how to present on these topics, and three ways you can support homeroom teachers without having to give a presentation.

    Related Resources:


    Grab your presentation template
    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/pd-topics




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    • 25 min
    57. How Administrators Can Impact ELLs with Guest Maria Montroni-Currais

    57. How Administrators Can Impact ELLs with Guest Maria Montroni-Currais

    Do you ever feel like you are solely responsible for supporting your English language learners? That responsibility is NOT just yours. We are continuing our Small Steps to Success series by looking at what role administrators play in supporting ELLs. Today we are joined by Maria Montroni-Currais who is sharing her insights on how administrators can impact English language learners.

    In this episode, we are looking at how ELL teachers and administrators can work collaboratively to support their ELLs. Maria is sharing her expertise in her role as an administrator, how she as an administrator advocates for ELLs, why knowing the bilingual code in your state is so important, how to approach administrators when advocating for ELLs, and what success looks like for multilingual learners.

    Related Resources:


    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/administrators-can-impact-ells


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    • 33 min
    56. The Answer to This Question Will Change How You Teach ELLs This Year

    56. The Answer to This Question Will Change How You Teach ELLs This Year

    Have you ever stopped to really think about what success looks like for your ELL students? Are you only gauging the success of your students based on if they are proficient in English or not? Defining what success looks like for your students is critical to ensuring your students experience successes and feel confident throughout their English language journey, not just when they are proficient or test out of language support services.

    Learning a new language is tiring and can be super frustrating. If we are limiting our students’ opportunities for success, they may want to give up when things get difficult. Today, we are diving into the question, “How do you define success for your ELL students?” We are looking at why it is so important to define success, how to determine milestones that can be used to mark success, why it’s crucial to have appropriate expectations, why you should set up pathways to success, and examples of milestones for these pathways.

    Related Resources:


    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/change-how-you-teach-ells


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    • 23 min
    55. 5 Easy Ways to Restart the Year Now

    55. 5 Easy Ways to Restart the Year Now

    Coming back from winter break is the perfect time to restart and refresh things in order to make the most of the second half of the year. I know this year, and the past few years, have been incredibly stressful and exhausting and the thought of doing a refresh may be overwhelming. I totally get that! I want to help you finish the year strong so I am sharing five easy things for you to restart to make the most of the second half of the school year.

    At this point in the school year, you’re likely tired, burnt out, and just want to make it to the end of the school year. But I want you to think about how happy you’ll be in June if you try some of these things now and the rest of the school year goes smoother because of it. When you return from break, I challenge you to restart your mindset, classroom management, attitude, lesson planning routine, and confidence in order to make the most of the year from now until June.

    Related Resources:


    Lesson Planning Webinar
    Join the Equipping ELLs Membership
    Check out the ELL Strategy Academy
    Download the ESL Teacher Toolkit 
    Shop TpT resources that help with supporting your ELLs

    For all links and resources, check out the show notes: https://www.inspiringyounglearners.com/ways-to-restart-the-year


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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Boba Penguin Princess ,

Best ELL Podcast

I came across this podcast this past summer and binge listened to the episodes. Each episode is packed with informed information for an ELL teacher or teachers with ELL’s. The information is not only helpful but relevant and engaging! I’ve put many of the strategies I heard from the podcast into practice in my own classroom. I would definitely recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to learn how to support ELL’s better!!! ☺️

Colly Gee ,

Great resource!

Teachers are always asking for help and suggestion when having an ELL in their classroom. Beth does a great job of sharing tips to share with classroom teachers so that the children can succeed.

Teachermom86 ,

Great resources/support

I have now been in my position as an ELD/Literacy Specialist for just over a year ( 13 months) and had a fabulous training partner ( moved out of state 🙃)- I so appreciate the resources I find both in the podcasts and the Equipping ELLs website-some days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water …it is so helpful to know I am not alone!
Thank you so much !!

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