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Part 3: Implementing The Common Core with ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 22, 2016
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Originally posted on achievethecore.org by Diane Staehr Fenner CCSS-Aligned Materials for ELL Students Where to Find High-Quality Curricular Materials for ELLs in the Public Domain While it is often noted that there is a lack of high-quality CCSS-aligned curricular materials for ELLs, there is a slowly expanding base of materials that are in the public […]
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ELA/Literacy Tools on AchievetheCore.org: Resources That Can Support ELLs in the Classroom

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 22, 2016
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Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner, Claire Rivero ELLs bring many linguistic and cultural strengths to the classroom. However, when you have ELLs in your classroom, it can sometimes feel like you need to create two different lessons for every class period – one for native speakers of English and one to […]
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Part 2: Implementing The Common Core with ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 9, 2016
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originally posted on achievethecore.org by Diane Staehr Fenner Criteria for Curricular Materials Labeled as Appropriate for ELLs How to determine whether instructional materials support ELLs’ needs Although the CCSS were not originally written with ELLs in mind, there are several tools available for those educators who wish to evaluate the degree to which curricular materials […]
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Part 1: Implementing The Common Core with ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 9, 2016
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originally posted on achievethecore.org by Diane Staehr Fenner The Shifts and ELLs An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of English language learners (ELLs) in PreK-12 in the United States was just over 10 percent or approximately […]
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California’s ELA/ELD Framework: Bringing It All Together

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 6, 2016
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by Diane Staehr Fenner In working with content and ESL teachers in multiple states, I’ve often found that teachers feel most comfortable using their “own” standards in teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). That is, content teachers may use primarily content standards, and ESL teachers may focus their instruction around their state’s English Language Proficiency or […]
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Fair And Square Assessments for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 22, 2016
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Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner Three strategies can help teachers more accurately assess their English language learners. At a recent professional development institute in a school district in New York State, I led content-area teachers new to teaching English language learners (ELLs) through a geometry lesson entirely in German. I first […]
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Implementing CCSS in Dual Language Programs: Challenges and Resources (Part II)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 22, 2016
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Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner This is the second post in a two-part series about dual language instruction and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this piece, I will examine four particular challenges associated with implementing the CCSS in dual language settings, and for each challenge provide some CCSS resources […]
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Dual Language Instruction: An Overview (Part I)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 22, 2016
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Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner During the past school year, I worked on two fascinating projects related to dual language instructional programs. One project was to compile and review state data on the policy and practices of dual language education programs across the United States. This work for the U.S. Department […]
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Computer-Based Common Core Testing: Considerations and Supports for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 5, 2015
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  • accommodations, Common Core, Computer-Based Testing, ELL, PARCC, SBAC, Smarter Balanced
Originally posted on Colorin Colorado March 6, 2015 by Diane Staehr Fenner As many states begin to fully implement computer-based tests to measure students’ progress toward reaching the Common Core State Standards, it is an opportune time to take a closer look at how computer-based assessments might affect ELLs in particular. You may recall some […]
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Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th-8th Grade

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 23, 2015
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / January 23, 2015 Last year, we wrote a two-part series on text dependent questions (TDQs) for ELLs, and it was one of our most popular blog posts. In the first blog post, we provided an overview of what TDQs […]
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