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An online community for writing project TCs providing access to collaborative help in teaching English Language Learners.

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Apr 10
Judy Cunningham is now a member of Know ELLs
Mar 31
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

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
Mar 20
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
Mar 18
Profile IconDiane De Forrest and Katherine Suyeyasu joined Know ELLs
Mar 18
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Mar 7
Karol Eisenbeis joined Debra Schneider's group
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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
Profile IconDawn Brandon, Kelly, Diane Christine Yarborough and 1 more joined Know ELLs
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
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Difficulties Teaching the CCSS in Languages other than English
"First I'm going to take the common sense, albeit slightly whiny route: Why can't assessments be in more than one language? Why can't curriculum be developed that address the needs of Common Core that is not just repackaging of the old…"
Dec 14, 2015
Ashleigh Ziehmke is now a member of Know ELLs
Dec 14, 2015
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Difficulties Teaching the CCSS in Languages other than English

More districts are looking at creating or expanding dual language programs at the same time that the CCSS-ELA is being implemented. Teaching the Common Core State Standards in two languages presents many challenges. Diane Staehr Fenner of DSF Consulting explores these challenges, in a blog post on Colorin Colorado. I'll summarize them here, but encourage…See More
Nov 28, 2015

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Join us at Know ELLs, a site for teachers of ELLs created and administered by the Teacher Consultants of the Great Valley Writing Project.

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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…

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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 -…

Continue

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

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…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on December 17, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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