Consent Decree Activity
This activity is aligned to the following ESOL Standards:
TESOL Standard 5.a. ESL Research and History
Demonstrate knowledge of history, research, educational public policy, and current practice in the field of ESL
teaching and apply this knowledge to inform teaching and learning.
Florida ESOL Standard Domain 3: Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL) Standard 1: ESL/ESOL Research and History
Demonstrate knowledge of history, public policy, research and current practices in the field of ESL/ESOL teaching
and apply this knowledge to improve teaching and learning for ELs.
Divide into five groups. Each group should review the assigned website and share how
this knowledge may inform and improve teaching and learning for ELs, i.e., based on the
URL you reviewed, what polices, research, and/or practices should every teacher be
aware of in fostering and promoting learning for ELs?
National Clearing House for English Language Acquisition
http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/ / Go to: Data and Demographics
Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org
Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) at
http://www.fldoe/aala. Go to: Laws/Rules and Legislation (left sidebar),
scroll down to Consent Decree and review the six sections.
Lau vs. Nichols (1974)
Casteñeda vs. Pickard (1981)
Plyer vs. Doe (1982)
After class presentation, review other state and federal laws that played a role in the
framework of the Florida Consent Decree. Describe how these laws and policies inform
and improve instruction for ELs.