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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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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."
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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
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Debra Schneider posted a status
"Getting a chance to refocus and refresh with my Know ELLs colleagues! Hey peeps!"
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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…"
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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?"
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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
Apr 10
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

English Language Learners and Literacy Connections

I admit, this week, I totally had a fangirl moment.  A fangirl, according to Urban Dictionary, is "a rabid breed of human female obsessed with a fictional character or an actor".   Now, my obsession is not with a fictional character or an actor, nor am I between the 12-19 year old demographic one finds most fangirls, but I do find…See More
Mar 27
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Kinder learning science AND literacy. on Vimeo

"The teachers I work with on a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant are teaching science using more inquiry, literacy, and NGSS-aligned 5E lessons more than most other teachers in our district. Here's an example of the writing a Kinder…"
Mar 21
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Kinder learning science AND literacy. on Vimeo

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Mar 21
Brandy De Alba commented on Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's blog post Revisit
"Now, more than ever, we need more support and to rely on our resources to bridge what we know and love to what is now expected: new and scary! I do love Colorin, Colorado as a resource as well. Just as we need to find time to exercise, de-stress,…"
Mar 21
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Teaching Science to ELLs
"The use of the 5E's is an amazing way to help support science exploration as well as build our ELs ability to participate in and grasp science concepts. Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate. I can see this strategy being used in other…"
Mar 21
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Teaching Science to ELLs

I have been working with a small group of teachers in my district, the Core Leadership Team for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant. We've done lesson study as we work to create NGSS-aligned science lessons. Two of our CLT teachers teach in a bilingual education program; five of the six teach classes in which a majority of students are ELLs. One reason we applied for this grant was to create ways to work with students and science that gave equal access to ELLs.In our understanding…See More
Mar 20
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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…

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

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…

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

English Language Learners and Literacy Connections

I admit, this week, I totally had a fangirl moment.  A fangirl, according to Urban Dictionary, is "a rabid breed of human female obsessed with a fictional character or an actor".   Now, my obsession is not with a fictional character or an actor, nor am I between the 12-19 year old demographic one…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on March 27, 2015 at 6:00am

Teaching Science to ELLs

I have been working with a small group of teachers in my district, the Core Leadership Team for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant. We've done lesson study as we work to create NGSS-aligned science lessons. Two of our CLT teachers teach in a bilingual education program; five of the six teach classes in which a majority of students are ELLs. One reason we applied for this grant was to create ways to work with students and science that gave equal access to ELLs.

In our…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on March 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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Washington Library Media Association: "Look in School Libraries for Graduation Rates"

A recent op-ed article by Craig Seasholes, president-elect of the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) and Sharyn Merrigan, WLMA president, emphasizes the connection between schools with...

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.

We Need Diverse Books Group Talks to MFA Students

On April 15, authors and librarians affiliated with We Need Diverse Books addressed a full room of MFA students at the New School in New York City to talk both about the state of diversity in...

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.

California Celebrates Multilingual Students

Speaking Spanish doesn't make high school senior Karla Garza Plascencia feel different. It gives her a sense of community, said Plascencia, who earned top scores on her Advanced Placement English and...

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.

Crumbling Schools for American Indian Children Draw Congressional Scrutiny

A Congressional hearing that documented dilapidated and unsafe conditions in federally funded schools for Native American students didn't come any closer to solving how the federal government can...

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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