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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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The Adult ELL

When working with my English language learners, I have found most success when I include their families in the learning process. Usually, many of the parents want to learn English as well. Many to support their children , while others to make life easier here in the United States. However, I have found some parents in my city have chosen not to learn English. They tell me there is no need since their primary language is just as prevalent in our city, if not more so, than English. Though this is…See More
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Brendan Kolbay is now a member of Know ELLs
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Brandy De Alba posted a blog post

Empowering our ELLs

It appears brain research and brain based learning is making a powerful comeback in education. A colleague of mine shared this article with me, How to Teach Students About the Brain, from Educational Leadership. This article shares one practitioners experiences with teaching 5th and 7th grade students how to improve their learning. "If we want to…See More
Jun 26
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Jun 25
Brandy De Alba commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post It's that time of year again...
"Deb, I don't think there has been enough focus on tech skills for all of our students, especially students in low income schools. Until recently, my site had 1 computer lab of 32 computers for 800 students. Computer based assessments are…"
Jun 23
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post California Schools' Local Control Funding Formula
"I am very frustrated at this point with LCFF, or to be more specific,  with the LCAP process. In local districts I have seen the district offices send out survey's to teachers, parents and admin seeking direction for LCFF funding. However,…"
Jun 23
Brandy De Alba commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Purposeful and active reading
"Lorena, this is a great site. When reading through it reminded me of close reading strategies. Actually, these are close reading strategies. Sometimes we lose focus in the classroom trying to meet pacing guides and testing dates that we don't…"
Jun 23
Profile IconNereyda Alcazar, Tonya Shuford, Shannon Brown and 1 more joined Know ELLs
Jun 23
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
May 12
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May 9
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
Profile IconMaura Selenak and Efrain Tovar joined Know ELLs
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
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The Adult ELL

When working with my English language learners, I have found most success when I include their families in the learning process. Usually, many of the parents want to learn English as well. Many to support their children , while others to make life easier here in the United States. However, I have found some parents in my city have chosen not to learn English. They tell me there is no need since their primary language is just as prevalent in our city, if not more so, than English.…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on July 3, 2015 at 10:30am

Empowering our ELLs

It appears brain research and brain based learning is making a powerful comeback in education. A colleague of mine shared this article with me, How to Teach Students About the Brain, from Educational Leadership. This article shares one practitioners experiences with teaching 5th and 7th grade students how to improve their learning. "If we want to…

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Posted by Brandy De Alba on June 26, 2015 at 9:26am

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 — 1 Comment

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 — 1 Comment

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Ronald Thorpe, National Board President and Education Advocate, Dies at 63

Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, died today after a battle with lung cancer. He was 63 years old. Thorpe had led the National Board since...

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.

Theater Helps English Learners Master Common Core

For years, teachers have used "Readers' Theater" to supplement the traditional teaching of required texts, principal Ivan Tolentino said. But, Common Core has pushed ELA educators that use theater to...

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.

Lucky and Focused: A Lottery Winner Uses His Millions to Boost Hispanic Students

When Gilbert Cisneros struck it rich in 2010, thanks to a winning ticket in the California Mega Millions Lottery, he and his wife, Jacki, turned their efforts toward philanthropy, especially on...

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.

International Baccalaureate Changes Outlook for Seattle School

The International Baccalaureate program, once thought of as a college preparatory curriculum exclusively for the rich, may also help students at struggling schools. The NewsHour's April Brown...

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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