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Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Purposeful and active reading

      As I was getting ready to write, I once again  thought about science.  However, looking back at my previous blog posts, I thought I'd shake it up a little, so instead, I went back to a site which talks about reading comprehension, and the science behind  students understanding what they're reading.  While not entirely separate from science, this week I wanted to introduce you to a site which gives us an idea of why purposeful, active reading is so important and why we need to teach…See More
May 15
Martha Van Nuis is now a member of Know ELLs
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Debra Schneider posted a blog post

California Schools' Local Control Funding Formula

What is equal funding? Is it equal if every school district gets the same amount of funding per students? Or should we have equitable funding? Should schools with disadvantaged students receive more per student?California has embarked on a…See More
May 1
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Apr 26
Debra Schneider commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post It's that time of year again...
"Lorena, I read that piece! Do you think that there is enough focus on teaching our ELLs the skills they  need in order to be successful on computer-based tests? The article does not address the hardware, but I agree that that could make a…"
Apr 25
Debra Schneider replied to Debra Schneider's discussion ELLs Learning Science, Teachers Learning to Teach NGSS Aligned Lessons in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Fidel, have you seen this set of resources on migrant students?"
Apr 25
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

It's that time of year again...

   For the past week, my bilingual third graders have been taking the Smarter Balanced assessment.  For four hours,  they sit in front of 10" netbooks, and get to answer difficult questions about language arts and mathematics.  While I am not a fan of standardized testing due to my experience as an ELL growing up here, I have found that as a teacher I am even less impressed.  I am all for assessing students in order to measure their growth, their areas of weakness and strength, and gain…See More
Apr 24
Fidel R. Garcia replied to Debra Schneider's discussion ELLs Learning Science, Teachers Learning to Teach NGSS Aligned Lessons in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"As far as teacher training we're relying on county office training. Also some teachers are getting training through migrant workshops."
Apr 23
Debra Schneider added a discussion to the group Look Inside My Classroom
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ELLs Learning Science, Teachers Learning to Teach NGSS Aligned Lessons

I am the Project Director for a NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative grant from WestEd's K-12 Alliance. The teachers involved in the grant do lesson study to plan, implement, and study the effectiveness of their NGSS-aligned science lessons.Here are some examples from our Spring lesson study work. You can see many of the pictures of that day here.…See More
Apr 22
Debra Schneider posted a status
"Getting a chance to refocus and refresh with my Know ELLs colleagues! Hey peeps!"
Apr 22
Debra Schneider commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Teaching Science to ELLs
"Brandy, I am really coming to understand the power of the 5E lesson for any subject matter. There's research on its effectiveness that is compelling, but I have seen the way my colleagues and I build our own understanding and the lesson…"
Apr 22
Lorena Sanchez's 2 blog posts were featured
Apr 22
Debra Schneider replied to Brandy De Alba's discussion I Want to Do This! in the group Look Inside My Classroom
"Brandy, I know Desiree Pointer, the researcher who worked with this teacher. Do you want to do what this teacher did in her classroom, or do you want to do what Desiree did, that is, make this great digital record/account of the teaching?"
Apr 22
Profile IconBill Wiles, Cynthia Vetter and Lindsey Albracht joined Know ELLs
Apr 22
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

The Relationship between School Funding and ELLs' Academic Achievement

A study presented at the Intercultural Development Research Association meeting in Texas showed significant gaps in school funding between schools that graduated more ELLs and schools that graduate far fewer. The take away? Schools that spend more money serve ELLs better.While the recession has lifted, the economy is still sluggish and the rising tide has not lifted all boats. School funding has still not recovered to pre-recession levels. In California's new Local Control Funding Formula, my…See More
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Purposeful and active reading

      As I was getting ready to write, I once again  thought about science.  However, looking back at my previous blog posts, I thought I'd shake it up a little, so instead, I went back to a site which talks about reading comprehension, and the science behind  students understanding what they're reading.  While not entirely separate from science, this week I wanted to introduce you to a site which gives us an idea of why purposeful, active reading is so important and why we need to…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on May 15, 2015 at 7:30am

California Schools' Local Control Funding Formula

What is equal funding? Is it equal if every school district gets the same amount of funding per students? Or should we have equitable funding? Should schools with disadvantaged students receive more per student?

California has embarked on a…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on May 1, 2015 at 5:00am

It's that time of year again...

   For the past week, my bilingual third graders have been taking the Smarter Balanced assessment.  For four hours,  they sit in front of 10" netbooks, and get to answer difficult questions about language arts and mathematics.  While I am not a fan of standardized testing due to my experience as an ELL growing up here, I have found that as a teacher I am even less impressed.  I am all for assessing students in order to measure their growth, their areas of weakness and strength, and gain…

Continue

Posted by Lorena Sanchez on April 24, 2015 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

The Relationship between School Funding and ELLs' Academic Achievement

A study presented at the Intercultural Development Research Association meeting in Texas showed significant gaps in school funding between schools that graduated more ELLs and schools that graduate far fewer. The take away? Schools that spend more money serve ELLs better.

While the recession has lifted, the economy is still sluggish and the rising tide has not lifted all boats. School funding has still not recovered to pre-recession levels. In California's new Local Control Funding…

Continue

Posted by Debra Schneider on April 10, 2015 at 5:30pm

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N.J. Gifted School Serves Mostly Poor, Minority Students

The 200-student magnet program at the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented, housed within Public School 28, enrolls more than 80 percent low-income students, all of them accelerated a grade...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

Recent Immigrants Find Ellis Island Still Relevant

It's been more than 60 years since Ellis Island closed as a station for inspecting and detaining immigrants. But you can still take a ferry from New York City and cross the Hudson River along the old...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

Wyoming Schools Address Growing Number of English Language Learners

The students in Stacy Jenkins' class are among a growing group of nonnative English speakers in Wyoming's Natrona County school district. The numbers fluctuate, but in the beginning of the school...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

Dual Language Learners Reader Post #2: Who are Dual Language Learners?

Children between the ages of zero- and eight-years-old are the most diverse age group in the United States. Compared to other age groups, they are more likely to be racial and/or ethnic minorities,...

Each week, Colorín Colorado gathers interesting news headlines about reading and education issues related to English language learners. Please note that Colorín Colorado does not necessarily endorse these views or any others on these outside web sites.

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