Dr. Garcia started his keynote addressing how the landscape of bilingual education has changed. It has changed in these specific ways: Demographic reality, equity through accountability: reduce achievement gaps for bilingual learners, global competiveness, brain research, etc. We as educator have to keep in mind what counts in order to help bilingual students achieve: Rich language environments, creating more bilingual programs, provide access to education capital.
In this section he addresses what will make a difference in bilingual students’ lives. How the changes in the demographics are affecting the number of programs available nationwide. He also talked about what is needed: Schools (good schools), experience teachers, use of the students’ heritage language, curriculum cultural responsiveness, family engagement, early childhood programs to help eliminate the achievement gap at kindergarten level.
Dr. Eugene E. Garcia - What can we do to support to English Language Learners ? (5 “R” and 1 T) Dr. Garcia’s message to all to take away summarized itself in the 5 R’s and the T. Respectful, responsive, responsible, resourceful, reasonable, and that we as educators use a conceptual framework approach that focuses on strengths not deficits so that we are all Theoretically aligned.
Mathematics Problem-Solving Strategies for ELLs in Elementary Grades
In this video series, math consultant Deborah Armitage focuses on ELL instructional practices that address mathematical problem-solving and discourse in grades K-5. The goal of these videos is to provide elementary teachers of ELLs with best practices and research-based approaches on mathematical tasks that, anchored on the NYS Common Core Learning Standards, advance student content knowledge while incorporating academic language development.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
A seven-part video series with Dr. Janette Klingner from the University of Colorado on implementing an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) model for ELLs is available here .
A three-part webinar series with Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux from Harvard University on implementing an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) model for ELLs is available here .
To provide ELLs with rigorous, culturally responsive instruction, a strong Response to Intervention (RtI) model should be in place. The RtI for ELLs Guide has been designed to assist teachers, instructional leaders, and ELL support services with RtI implementation, as the model is adapted in each context. The documents outline a rationale for using the RtI model with a school’s ELL population, and describe the road map for implementation.
Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE): The Office of English Language Learners has created a video entitled, SIFE: Meeting the Challenge, to illustrate how three schools set up their communities to meet both the academic and socio-emotional needs of their Students with Interrupted Education (SIFE). In addition to featuring DOE schools, three students are also spotlighted in the video, for their ability to overcome the odds that SIFE face when entering the NYC school system. Use this video as a resource to improve your own learning environment to ensure that your community is supportive of the SIFE in your school.
Text Complexity and English Language Learners - Building Vocabulary (Part 1)
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) call for increasing levels of text complexity across grade levels to ensure that students become proficient with college and career texts by their high school graduation. In the first of a two-part series, on February 6, Dr. Elfreida Hiebert discussed why vocabulary is a primary means of increasing English Language Learners' capacity with complex text, in addition to discussing how instruction in particular types of vocabulary (e.g., picturable and compound words) can lay a foundation for reading complex texts. To view part 2 of this video series, click here .
Challenging Texts and Motivation
Q&A #1 for the Feb 6, 2013 webinar Text Complexity and English Learners - Building Vocabulary (Part 1). Dr. Elfreida Hiebert discusses the role that motivation plays when reading complex text, even for students who may not have all the vocabulary to tackle the text.
Teaching Common Core-aligned Math to ELLs
The Office of English Language Learners in collaboration with Dr. Ann Shannon, nationally renowned math expert, and Phil Daro, co-author of the Common Core Learning Standards for mathematics, created a series of videos in which he shares a writer’s perspective on the CCLS with a community of NYC math educators of ELLs. These videos will provide the viewer with a better understanding of the implications of the CCLS for mathematics and their impact on ELLs.
Developing Deep Understanding in Mathematics Aligned with the NYC Common Core Learning Standards (K-3)
These videos feature math consultant Grace D. Coates addressing school teams of K-3 teachers; Ms. Coates’ presentations focus on the CCLS teaching practices of reasoning and dialogue. The goal of these videos is to provide teams of early elementary teachers of ELLs with best practices and research-based approaches on lesson design that incorporate academic language development.
Teacher Coaching with Ann Shannon
Dr. Ann Shannon, nationally renowned math expert, coaches three New York City math teachers on implementing formative assessment lessons while providing support for English Language Learners. These three courageous teachers opened their doors to experiment and try pedagogical approaches that were new to them. We would like to thank these educators for their openness and willingness to learn; it is great to see educators embracing the notion that we are all learners, and that there is always room for improvement. These clips are only a snapshot of a process that took place over multiple days.
Common Core Framework for ELLs
The American Institute for Research’s Dr. Diane August offers strategies to help our teachers implement the Literacy Common Core Standards for English Language Learners.
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.
Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners
On November 5, 2013, nationally renowned literacy expert Dr. Kate Kinsella presented at OELL Elementary Literacy Conference: Creating Connections – Building Bridges…Instruction Shifts for ELL Academic Success. Here are video clips that were introduced during Dr. Kinsella’s keynote address to demonstrate some of the effective ways to build academic vocabulary with ELLs. Click here to view the videos.