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Welcome Back to Writing with ELLs and the Common Core!

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 3, 2013
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  • Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, Writing
Welcome Back to Writing with ELLs and the Common Core! Originally posted August 9, 2013 on Colorin Colorado In this week’s post, guest blogger Dr. Ayanna Cooper writes about…writing! In preparation for the start of a new school year, teachers may begin planning their first few lessons or units. When thinking about implementing Common Core State Standards, some might […]
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Assessment of ELLs on the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • academic language, accommodations, assessment, Common Core, ELL, ELPA21, English as a Second Language, English language learner, language, PARCC, SBAC, Smarter Balanced, students with disabilities, test development, WIDA
In this week’s post, I’ll share some information related to assessing English language learners that I gathered while attending the Council of Chief State School Officers National Conference on Student Assessment last week. You can take a look at the CCSSO NCSA conference program as well as several presentations here.
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Year-End Review: A Recap of our CCSS for ELLs Posts (Part 2)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, English language learner, English learners, ESL, language, mathematics, next generation, NGSS, Professional Development, science, Writing
In last week’s post, I shared the first part of the year-end review of our CCSS for ELLs posts. That post focused on the big picture overview of the year’s posts related to implementing the CCSS for ELLs. This week, I’ll give you a recap of instructional considerations and resources for teaching a CCSS-based curriculum to […]
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Year-End Review: A Recap of our CCSS for ELLs Posts

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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As some teachers’ school years have already come to a close and others’ school years are quickly winding down, I thought it would be a good time to share a recap of this year’s top themes on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELLs blog. I’ll present the recap as a “year-end review.” Since […]
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Writing “Just Right” Research Questions: Strategies for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • Common Core, ELL, English language learner, research questions, Writing
Originally posted June 5, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In my first post in this series about the Common Core and writing, I looked at some general considerations for English language learners (ELLs), including an overview of how the the writing standards are organized in English Language Arts/Literacy. In my second post, I focused on […]
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Culture and Writing for ELLs in the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • CCSS, Common Core, Culture, ELLs, English language learners, Writing
Originally posted May 17, 2013 on Colorin Colorado I’m finding that as I write my posts, my original ideas morph into unexpected topics. While preparing last week’s post on ELL writing considerations in the Common Core, I was struck by the fact that the intersection of culture and writing is not explicitly addressed in the CCSS, […]
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Writing with the Common Core: Considerations for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 11, 2013
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Originally posted May 17, 2013 for Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In my experience, teachers of English language learners (ELLs) often observe that writing is the last domain in which their students develop English language proficiency. Teachers note that the pace at which ELLs develop writing proficiency has an impact on how soon students are […]
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AFT President Calls for Halt on High Stakes Linked to Common Core

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 2, 2013
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Originally posted on April 30, 2013 for Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In a speech given to the Association for a Better New York today, American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten called for a moratorium on all “stakes” associated with the CCSS assessments. She predicts the CCSS will result in one of two outcomes: “Either they will lead to a […]
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TESOL Report: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 20, 2013
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Originally posted May 7, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner  A little while back, Lydia wrote about TESOL International Association’s Convening on the role of the ESL teacher during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The report’s findings were released this week (you might even recognize the report’s author). I’d like to share some highlights of […]
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TESOL International Association Issue Brief on the CCSS for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 25, 2013
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Originally posted on April 24, 2013 for Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner TESOL International Association has recently published an issue brief on the CCSS for ELLs. In it, they share a brief history of the standards movement, information on how the Common Core State Standards were developed, and an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards. […]
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