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Challenges and Opportunities in the English Language Arts Common Core Standards

Timothy Shanahan, Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the challenges and opportunities involved with the implementation of the Common Core Standards while offering specific strategies to help ELL students be successful.



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Understanding the Challenges of the Common Core Standards

Tim Shanahan discusses how prior standards have focused on cognitive skills and ignored text difficulty, while in the Common Core Learning Standards, text difficulty is treated as central to learning.

Supporting ELLs with Complex Text

Tim Shanahan explores the difference between academic vocabulary and key vocabulary.

Building Text Reading Fluency

Tim Shanahan explains specific strategies to help ELL students build their reading fluency.