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Teaching ELLs

Dec 01, 2017 2017-12-01

Professional Growth

Driving Educational Change for English Learners

Supporting English Language Learners: Resources for Leaders” is a free self-paced course developed by staff at the Understanding Language Initiative, housed at Stanford University. Understanding Language’s vision is to increase college, career, and community readiness for all students—especially English language learners (ELLs)—by transforming the quality of their educational experiences. This course provides a set of resources designed to guide educational leaders through a process of examining existing systemic thinking and structures around the education of English learners (ELs). Participating educators will use organized tools to look more deeply at practices for ELs and develop or refine a plan to propel systemic change and shift practices. The overall goal is for participants to better understand ELs in their context, including their schooling experiences, needs, and successes, and to use what they learn to design and implement higher quality educational experiences that build disciplinary knowledge and skills. Educators in the course will have access to videos, readings, and activities that help them to understand the EL context in their setting, create guiding frameworks, such as a vision statement and language development framework, and craft a plan to improve teaching and learning for ELs. Where appropriate, the course will address state-specific frameworks related to ELs (such as the New York State Blueprint for ELL Success or the California EL Roadmap) and guide participants in using these frameworks to shape their efforts.

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