Realizing Opportunities for English Language Learners (ELLs) Through State Academic Content Standards Webinar

Archive of September 14, 2016 webinar. 

StandardsWork, Inc.
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StandardsWork, Inc.
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Informational Material

Realizing Opportunities for English Language Learners (ELLs) Through State Academic Content Standards was produced by StandardsWork, Inc. as part of the CCR Standards-in-Action (CCR SIA) project. Facilitated by Susan Pimentel, lead CCR SIA content expert, the webinar concentrates on meeting the needs of English-language learners (ELLs). It discusses the necessary shifting away from traditional teaching theories that encourage language instruction in isolation from other academic disciplines. Specifically, the webinar showcases research-tested strategies on how ELLs can realize opportunities through new state-level academic standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The webinar highlights a series of research findings on how best to realize opportunities for ELLs in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Ms. Pimentel discusses pedagogical shifts for language acquisition and ten steps adult educators can take to re-envision ELL education in their programs. In the final portion of the webinar, she responds to attendees’ questions.  

Benefits and Uses

This Webinar was created for College and Career Readiness Standards In Action (CCR SIA) project for adult educators from 12 states, who requested information on how CCR standards can be implemented for ELLs. This Webinar responds to their questions. The Webinar content, demonstration video, and links to further resources all provide essential information for you to use as you re-envision ELL education in your states.

Use this resource to help plan ways to implement CCR academic content in classrooms with ELLs. View it individually, as part of a professional learning community, or a professional development workshop. In addition to providing essential information about teaching ELLs, it could fuel a discussion of different strategies and approaches to implementing CCR standards.

The webinar includes a classroom video demonstration that is particularly useful in conjunction with Ms. Pimentel’s summary of research on reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language (slides 17-28). The slides which articulate the pedagogical shifts in teaching ELLs (slides 29-30) provide a concise statement of the new direction for ELL instruction afforded by the CCR standards. The PowerPoint slides are available a stand-alone resource.

Required Training

A fundamental awareness of the CCR Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy is recommended. 

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