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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…

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edTPA Perspectives from the Field: Influence of CCSS and Impact on Teachers of ELLs

In last week’s blog post, I shared some information on the edTPA for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which is a new licensure assessment for pre-service teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL). I focused on the connection between the edTPA in English as an Additional Language and the Common Core. This week,…

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Preparing New Teachers to Work with ELLs: An Overview of the edTPA

In a recent blog post, I wrote about how ELL experts are rethinking preparation of ESL teachers in the Common Core era.  As I wrote that post, one of the topics I started thinking about was the edTPA, a relatively new assessment for pre-service teacher candidates (formerly called the Teacher Performance Assessment). Ever since I…

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Next Generation Science Standards: Offering Equitable Opportunities for ELLs to Engage in Science

Hi, Everyone! We are very excited to share a new article from Colorín Colorado written by Emily Miller, a second- and third-grade bilingual resource teacher for the Madison, WI Metropolitan School District.  Emily served on the Next Generation Science Standards‘ (NGSS) Elementary Writing Team as well as the Diversity & Equity Team, and she was previously…