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Contents of the ELs and CCSS Advocacy Toolkit

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 25, 2013
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Californians Together was founded in 1998 after the passage of Proposition 227, which effectively eliminated most bilingual classes in the state. Californians Together has partnered with many other organizations with a vision to “foster full participation in a democratic society through quality education for children and parents from underserved communities.” One of their key activities has been the […]
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Teaching Science to English Language Learners: What do the NGSS Tell Us?

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 21, 2013
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Originally posted on April 19, 2013 for Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In last week’s post, guest blogger Ayanna Cooper shared some highlights of the Office of English Language Acquisition’s pre-conference session at the National Science Teachers Association’s conference in San Antonio, Texas. In this week’s post, I will take a deeper look at the Next Generation […]
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Science and Language: Making Connections with the Next Generation Science Standards

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 13, 2013
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Originally posted April 12, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Ayanna Cooper In this post, guest blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some of the discussion focused on ELLs from the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference. Imagine a classroom where English learners are being cognitively challenged while developing science knowledge and English language simultaneously. A place where students are encouraged […]
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The Academic Language of Mathematics

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 5, 2013
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Originally posted April 5, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In last week’s post, I presented some considerations for implementing the CCSS for Mathematics when instructing English language learners. In this week’s post, I want to follow up with a discussion of the role of academic language in that instruction. First, I will set the […]
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Common Core Math for English Language Learners

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 29, 2013
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Originally posted March 28, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner While at the TESOL convention last week, I learned of a well-attended presentation titled “Taking on Mathematics: How the CCSS can work for ELLs.” The interactive, manipulative-based workshop focused on engaging ELLs in mathematics while highlighting key areas of the Common Core standards. The […]
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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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