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Support for Teachers of English Language Learners

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

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Rocio Garcia commented on Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's blog post Writing in New Areas
"I am the gal mentioned above! Ale, I am truly blessed to have a collegue with  couragesness to venture out of the box. I love that I have the ability to share with you a strategy or two and then you DO IT!! Common Core is pushing us…"
Tuesday
Shaeley Santiago is now a member of Know ELLs
Tuesday
Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

The Common Core Challenge for English Language Learners

Since 2010, 45 states including California have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Math. California has also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are designed to be of high academic rigor that prepares all students for success in college and the workplace, including ELs.Dr. Rhoda Coleman and Dr. Claude Goldenberg, in the February 2012 Principal Leadership Magazine, urged educators to take the responsibility in making the challenging…See More
Monday
Debra Schneider replied to Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's discussion Not in My Classroom but Outside! in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Earlier this year, I was learning to read the NGSS and found them mind-bogglingly difficult and complex. Then a K-2 science specialist explained it all to me. I realized that if I took a group of kids, gave them all notebooks and a pencil, and took…"
Apr 11
Maureen Sullivan is now a member of Know ELLs
Apr 11
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

ELLs Can--and Should--Work with Primary Source Texts in History

Text as the source of knowledge is a given in history, because history is constructed from the texts left behind: letters, photographs, diaries, newspaper accounts, government documents, court papers, and even realia from the time period.Having 21st century students read documents from the past is difficult: the language is often formal and official, and even if it's personal letters, the writing style is quite different from the writing we see today, and even more different from our students'…See More
Apr 11
Gail Desler replied to Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's discussion Not in My Classroom but Outside! in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Thanks for sharing this mini-field trip, Ale. Such a beautiful opportunity for students to gain an awareness and appreciation of nature."
Apr 10
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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Not in My Classroom but Outside!

When it comes to writing... it can get boring for our kids... I'm serious!  When the weather starts changing, and we start getting those beautiful clear and warm mornings, I try to take the kids outside every once in a while to do our writing.  This week, I took my kids on a nature walk through my school.  They all had their journals and pencils ready to walk!  We started outside our classroom, spent about 5 minutes sitting around and observing.  My students had to sit and close their eyes for…See More
Apr 10
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma posted a status
"Adding pictures showing my kids writing outside!!"
Apr 10
Debra Schneider posted a status
"CA teachers: are you speaking out about the Local Control Accountability Plan in your district? How? Please share!"
Apr 9
Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Alerting Parents to the CCSS
"Thanks, Lorena. Love the way Know ELLs works, with all of us building on each other's input! "
Apr 7
Debra Schneider shared their discussion on Twitter
Apr 5
Debra Schneider shared their discussion on Twitter
Apr 5
Debra Schneider shared Brandy De Alba's blog post on Twitter
Apr 5
Debra Schneider replied to Debra Schneider's discussion What does it mean to be an ELL teacher in your context? in the group The Beginner's Guide to Teaching ELLs
"In my district at the high school, ELLs are generally grouped together in English Language Development and in their Science and History classes for what we call "sheltered" instruction. This class may be assigned a paraprofessional who may…"
Apr 5
Debra Schneider added a discussion to the group The Beginner's Guide to Teaching ELLs
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What does it mean to be an ELL teacher in your context?

I think people join this site thinking they'll find a lot of people who do what they do the way they do it, and are surprised to find so many definitions of teaching ELLs. What does it mean to be an ELL teacher in your context? At your site or district? Add to the comments below so we can show each other the diversity of our membership.See More
Apr 5

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The Common Core Challenge for English Language Learners

Since 2010, 45 states including California have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Math. California has also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are designed to be of high academic rigor that prepares all students for success in college and the workplace, including ELs.

Dr. Rhoda Coleman and Dr. Claude Goldenberg, in the February 2012 Principal Leadership Magazine, urged educators to take the responsibility in making the…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on April 14, 2014 at 9:24am

ELLs Can--and Should--Work with Primary Source Texts in History

Text as the source of knowledge is a given in history, because history is constructed from the texts left behind: letters, photographs, diaries, newspaper accounts, government documents, court papers, and even realia from the time period.

Having 21st century students read documents from the past is difficult: the language is often formal and official, and even if it's personal letters, the writing style is quite different from the writing we see today, and even more…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on April 11, 2014 at 5:30am

California EL teachers...Sign Up Now!

The California Department of Education (CDE) Language Policy and Leadership Office (LPLO) is interested in supporting you and classroom teachers in serving English learners (ELs). Therefore, the CDE is launching a new list-serv to inform participants of the latest educational research and to report on current and upcoming English Language Development (ELD) Standards related activities and resources.

I  invite you and all teachers of ELs to join the list-serv by sending a blank e-mail…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on April 1, 2014 at 7:23am

Writing in New Areas

 This year, I am using writing in different ways with my classroom.  Usually, writing is writing in the sense that my 2nd grade students are asked to write a personal narrative and a friendly letter.  I brought writing into math and natural science.  I was chosen to pilot a new math program.  Since everything is now based on and for the CCSS,…

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Posted by Alejandra Herrera Ledesma on March 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

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