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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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Most Popular 2014 Blog Posts: The Crystal Ball Revisited

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 30, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / December 16, 2014  As 2014 winds down, I thought I would take some time to reflect on our blog posts that had the most impact during the year. During classroom instruction, we sometimes like to have students make predictions about what they’re […]
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Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 10, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / November 17, 2014  In our last post, we shared information about the new Teaching Channel ELL series based on  Academic Conversations (2011) by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford featuring related classroom videos developed in partnership with the Oakland Unified School […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Activity Ideas for ELLs (Part III)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 9, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / October 8, 2014   In the first two posts in our series about using Socratic Circles (or Socratic Seminars) with English language learners (ELLs), we provided an overview of the activity and its objectives and offered some ideas for how to […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 8, 2014
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By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / October 8, 2014   In Part I of our series on Socratic circles and English language learners (ELLs), we provided you with an explanation of what Socratic circles are, how they’re relevant in the Common Core, and some general suggestions for scaffolding Socratic […]
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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Part I

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 29, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, ELL, socratic discussion
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / September 29, 2014 In this post, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll […]
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