Sunday, January 18, 2015

CTA Issues Conference: K-5: Ensuring English Learners’ Success with the Common Core and California’s New ELD Standards

My presentation today is on “K-5: Ensuring English Learners’ Success with the Common Core and California’s New ELD Standards.” This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart since I am an English language learner. I started kindergarten only speaking in my native language, Spanish, and needed all the support I mentioned today in my presentation to learn a new language. I also teach a population of students that is predominately ELLs. I blogged about this topic a few months ago. Click HERE to take you to my previous post.

To access today’s presentation slides click HERE
Steps to Structuring an Academic Class Discussion 

 The Cog Commercial by Honda
I used this video as part of my strategy to use videos to help students construct meaning.

Resources for Structured Accountable Responses - Language Frames:

Sample Graphic Organizers to Support ELD Writing Instruction:
Vocabulary on a Familiar Topic: may be used to support teaching of vocabulary on a specific topic, or Describing Function
Sentences with Vocabulary on a Familiar Topic may be helpful in teaching Simple Sentence Structure Form, Capitalization and End Punctuation
Describing a Person:  may support teaching Describing People Function and Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs
Describing a Thing 
Sequencing: (What Happened?)  May be implemented when working on Sequencing and Retelling Past Events Functions, and on Sentence Structure, Verb Tense and Conjunctions Forms
Comparing and Contrasting (with Categories): may support teaching of Contrasting Function and Comparative Structures

Picture Cards:
Use picture cards to start discussions or to promote writing activities. Click on the links below to access the picture card files:

Additional English Language Development Resources:
California Department of Education English Language Development Standards
Framework for English Language Proficiency and the CCSS
Common Core Translation Project

The English Language Learner Knowledge Base
This website supports education professionals in the administration of programs for English Language Learners. Resources are provided for administrators, teachers and parent advocates.
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Considerations for English Language Learners
This module segment from the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University discusses instructional considerations for ELL students within each of the five core reading components.
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Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
This Practice Guide from the Institute of Education Sciences provides specific evidence-based recommendations addressing effective literacy instruction for English learners. Recommendations for teaching reading to English language learners are included.
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English Language Learners: A Policy Research Brief produced by the National Council of Teachers of English
This publication of the James R. Squire Office of Policy Research offers updates on research with implications for teaching and learning.
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Challenging Common Myths About Young English Language Learners
This publication by the Foundation for Child Development provides a review of new research regarding English Language Learners. Commonly held beliefs and myths that have influenced the instruction, assessment practices, and organizational structure of educational programs that serve ELL children ages three to eight are included.
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Instructional Models and Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
This guide provides information on instructional models for English Language Learners, research findings, teaching methods and strategies and recommendations for decision makers.
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Language and Reading Interventions for English Language Learners and English Language Learners with Disabilities
This report presents information about assessment, instructional interventions, and professional development with a particular focus on ELL students who have been identified with a language and/or learning disability.
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Language Development for English Language Learners
This professional development module provides information on language development, language assessment of English Language Learners, academic language instruction and vocabulary K-12. Links for PowerPoint and Facilitator's Guide are included.
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WebEx: Promising Research-based Practices in Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners
This Center on Instruction webinar presents information on promising practices for working with ELLs in both instruction and assessment. Links to the archived webinar and PowerPoint are included.
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WebEx: Data-based Instructional Decision Making for ELLs
This Center on Instruction webinar presents information on the key factors to consider when planning data-based and differentiated instruction for English Language Learners. Links to the archived webinar and PowerPoint are included.
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Visit my NEA Greater Public Schools (NEA GPS Network) site to join me in a conversation about these resources. By providing me with feedback, it allows me to see what other educators across the nation are doing to meet the needs of our diverse population of students.
This site is free and its the largest professional learning community in the nation. Click on the link HERE to take you there.

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