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A Deeper Look at an Innovative High School CCSS Lesson for ELLs

In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher Anne Formato. As I highlight the lesson “Instruction of Key Academic Vocabulary with High School…

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New Multimedia Project: ELLs and their Teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY Common Core Classrooms

As you prepare for a new school year, I’d like to share with you a rich multimedia project that was recently added to Colorín Colorado. The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY highlights authentic ways six ESL teachers worked with middle and high school ELLs to implement Common Core-aligned lessons. The teachers designed lesson plans with…

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Summer Slide, ELLs, and the Common Core

As the current school year winds down, I’m coming across several articles and blog posts on the “summer slide” phenomenon. The term summer slide refers to the learning loss that many students experience during summer vacation. This blog post highlights how the summer slide phenomenon tends to play out for ELLs and shares some resources…

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Highlights from the New IES Academic Content and Literacy Guidebook

Did you know that there is a new What Works Clearinghouse guidebook called Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School? The practical guide was produced by the U.S. Department of Education by enlisting eight prominent education researchers and curriculum experts who reviewed and rated research evidence, developed four overarching…

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Common Core Tools: Making Curriculum Units More Accessible for ELs

Julie Motta is the Assistant Superintendent of the East Providence School District in Rhode Island. Formerly the ESL Director of Pawtucket Schools, she is also a WIDA trainer and an adjunct college professor at Rhode Island College and Providence College, where she has taught courses in Second Language Acquisition, Curriculum and Methods, Social Issues, and…

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What’s Your “Elevator Speech” About Your Expertise with the Common Core for ELLs?

Throughout my conversations with educators this spring, I’ve focused on helping ESL teachers further develop their leadership skills as they solidify their role within the Common Core framework.  One strategy is for ESL teachers to get some practice at explaining these new roles and the ways they support ELLs through an “elevator speech.”  In this…