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Meeting the CCSS Needs of Young Dual Language Learners

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 13, 2013
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Originally posted March 12, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In President Obama’s most recent State of the Union Address, he indicated a need to offer preschool for all children, a notion which has been embraced by many educators. In addition to this increased urgency to prepare all children for kindergarten, what is going to […]
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ELLs are Everyone’s Kids: The Role of Collaboration in the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 7, 2013
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Originally posted March 6, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner As I’ve been attending meetings in Washington, DC (such as last week’s Alliance for Excellent Education CCSS ELL briefing and TESOL International Association’s convening on the role of the ESL teacher in the CCSS), I’ve been hearing a strong theme emerge from these discussions. What I’m hearing […]
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Alliance for Excellent Education’s Building on the CCSS to Improve Learning for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 6, 2013
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Originally posted March 5, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner On February 26 I was fortunate to attend the Alliance for Excellent Education’s briefing on the CCSS for ELLs in Washington, DC.  The briefing focused on how CCSS shifts will affect ELLs, as well as multiple ways in which the CCSS serve as an […]
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Background Knowledge: A Key to Close Reading for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 23, 2013
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Originally posted February 22, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner This post is my second of two about how the shifts of the English Language Arts CCSS are playing out in classrooms with ELLs. My first post was about teaching informational text to ELLs, and this post will focus on close reading for […]
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Preparing All Teachers of ELLs for the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 29, 2013
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Originally posted January 28, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner The implementation of the Common Core means that all students, including English language learners, will face new demanding academic and cognitive requirements across content areas and grade levels. For ELLs, English language development (ELD) standards provide a tool for defining the types of […]
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The International Baccalaureate/CCSS/ELL Connection

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 22, 2013
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Originally posted January 21, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In the recent article titled “Educators Tout IB’s Links to Common Core,” Education Week described the intersection between the standards used in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the Common Core. In case you’re not familiar with IB, the program has been established in more than 3500 […]
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New York State’s Sample Language Progressions

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 8, 2013
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Originally posted January 7, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) has recently released newly created draft language progressions for ELLs that it has developed via its Bilingual Common Core Initiative. The state is seeking public comment on these materials until January 25, 2013. As you may be aware, New […]
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Top Ten Resources on the CCSS for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 3, 2013
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Originally posted January 1, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner Happy New Year! I hope that all of you have enjoyed a restful and fulfilling holiday season and have had a chance to recharge your batteries to begin 2013. Since top ten lists are popular during this time of year, I thought I’d compile […]
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Understanding Language’s New CCSS Unit for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 8, 2012
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Originally posted December 7, 2012 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner Understanding Language’s December 6 webinar, presented by George Bunch, Susan Pimentel, Aída Walqui, Lydia Stack, and Martha Castellón, showcased the first of the Stanford University initiative’s curricular units for teachers to use in their classrooms. The official launch of the exemplar provides one example of […]
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The Wonderful Week of Webinars

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 7, 2012
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Originally posted December 6, 2012 by Diane Staehr Fenner They say good things happen in threes; this seems to be the case with webinars focusing on the connection between the CCSS and ELLs. Within the past week there will have been three high-profile webinars on CCSS for ELLs that I am aware of. In case you […]
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