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Catching Up on My Reading

As I caught up with lots of pieces I was saving to read, I couldn't make up my mind which one to share with my colleagues here on Know ELLs. So, instead of choosing one, I decided to do a set of links with very short summaries. Enjoy!EdWeek published a Special Report on teaching America's ELLs, including a great intro that covers…See More
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It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!

I am the program director for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant for my district. We have 54 teachers involved in learning science content (this year, we focused on physical science including motion, forces, waves, and chemical reactions) and how to teach from inquiry and phenomena using the three dimensions of the NGSS.These are the central…See More
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Calra Reimer is now a member of Know ELLs
Mar 20
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

It's Election Time!

   Here in the United States we are surrounded and consumed by the upcoming election. The much televised and critiqued debates are hot topics in current events. This is a great time to get our students more actively minded and informed about our democratic society. This topic is difficult for my middle school students to comprehend or find any great enthusiasm. Even more unapproachable for my ELLs. I found this great blog on The Learning Network, "…See More
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Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design

A place to share your questions, issues, and successes teaching with GLAD techniques. See More
Feb 14
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

AVID for English Language Learners

My school district is a recent inductee into the halls of AVID! We are now learning and training ourselves on bettering our pedagogy to help our students Achieve Via Individual Determination (AVID). Of course, in all of these workshops, I am constantly reflecting, "What are the implications for my ELLs?" I am actually finding a lot of applicability! Here is a short video -…See More
Jan 28
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Culturally Responsive Teaching
"The article posted on Colorin Colorado is a great find. I have always struggled with incorporating culture into my classroom. With so many different cultures, how do I become an expert, or at the very least somewhat knowledgeable, so that I may…"
Jan 28
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Jan 28
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Culturally Responsive Teaching

In my librarian credential program, we have been learning about cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching and collection building. When we face the effects of institutionalized racism or our own unconscious biases, thinking about how to be culturally competent or responsive seems like a good move, one that is less about blaming and more about improving our thinking and our skills.This is important year round, I know, but during the Christmas-centric winter holiday season, it seems…See More
Dec 17, 2015
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Equality is not Equity

There is a lot of discussion in equation about the above meme. What exactly is the difference between equality and equity in the education system? The Education Trust has a great blog on this topic. There are many ways to help give students equal access to the same educational opportunities. What are ways that you help all of your students achieve? See More
Dec 14, 2015

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Catching Up on My Reading

As I caught up with lots of pieces I was saving to read, I couldn't make up my mind which one to share with my colleagues here on Know ELLs. So, instead of choosing one, I decided to do a set of links with very short summaries. Enjoy!

EdWeek published a Special Report on teaching America's ELLs, including a great intro…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on May 22, 2016 at 8:30pm

It's NOT "Hands-On Science," It's the Next Generation Science Standards!

I am the program director for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant for my district. We have 54 teachers involved in learning science content (this year, we focused on physical science including motion, forces, waves, and chemical reactions) and how to teach from inquiry and phenomena using the three dimensions of the…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on March 20, 2016 at 6:20pm

It's Election Time!

 ballot-box-with-ballot-clipart-016.jpg   Here in the United States we are surrounded and consumed by the upcoming election. The much televised and critiqued debates are hot topics in current events. This is a great time to get our students more actively minded and informed about our democratic society. This topic is difficult for my middle school students to comprehend or find any great enthusiasm. Even more unapproachable for my ELLs. I found this great blog on The Learning Network, "…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on March 18, 2016 at 12:53pm

AVID for English Language Learners

My school district is a recent inductee into the halls of AVID! We are now learning and training ourselves on bettering our pedagogy to help our students Achieve Via Individual Determination (AVID). Of course, in all of these workshops, I am constantly reflecting, "What are the implications for my ELLs?" I am actually finding a lot of applicability! Here is a short video -…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on January 28, 2016 at 12:13pm

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Join us in reading Drawing Upon Language and Cultural Assets. It's a media kit that motivates us to  study the assets of ELLs' languages and communities.

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Making the Transition: Spanish-Language and Latin@-Focused Beginning Readers and Chapter Books

Beginning readers and early chapter books are essential in the development of children’s literacy. Their short chapters and simple vocabulary help young readers to feel successful and confident in their reading, which is key to helping them become lifelong readers. There are many classic beginning readers available in Spanish—either translations of works by masters like Arnold Lobel and Else Minarik or titles by Latin@ authors like Lulu Delacre.

Award-Winning Author Talks Diversity in Children's Literature

National City native and Newbery Medal-winning writer Matt de la Peña celebrated a special homecoming last week.

Sherman Alexie on His New Kids' Book and the Angst of Being a 'Jr.'

Sherman Alexie's new children's book stars Thunder Boy Smith, a little boy who was named after his dad. Alexie tells NPR's David Greene that he found inspiration for the book in a surprising place: his own father's funeral. Alexie channeled that angst into Thunder Boy Jr. "I was really interested in creating a picture book with a healthy Native American family where they respond to big questions in healthy ways," he says. "And what's the bigger question than, you know, 'Who am I?' "

Boston to Double Participation in Summer Learning, Expand Program Choices

Students in Boston will have a lot more summer learning opportunities this year thanks to the expansion of a program that brings city, school, and community leaders together to find new ways to serve kids.

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