New Multimedia Project: ELLs and their Teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY Common Core Classrooms

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 9, 2014
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  • academic language, CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English language learner, ESL
Originally published on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner / August 13, 2014 As you prepare for a new school year, I’d like to share with you a rich multimedia project that was recently added to Colorín Colorado. The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY highlights authentic ways six ESL teachers worked with middle and high school ELLs to implement Common Core-aligned lessons. […]
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edTPA Perspectives from the Field: Influence of CCSS and Impact on Teachers of ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 19, 2014
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  • academic language, CCSS, Common Core, edTPA, ELL
By Diane Staehr Fenner / originally posted on Colorin Colorado May 16, 2014 In last week’s blog post, I shared some information on the edTPA for English as an Additional Language (EAL), which is a new licensure assessment for pre-service teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL). I focused on the connection between the edTPA in English as […]
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Preparing New Teachers to Work with ELLs: An Overview of the edTPA

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 12, 2014
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  • academic language, Common Core, edTPA, ELL, English as a Second Language, English language learner, Praxis, Professional Development
By Diane Staehr Fenner | Originally posted on Colorin Colorado May 1, 2014 recent blog post, I wrote about how ELL experts are rethinking preparation of ESL teachers in the Common Core era.  As I wrote that post, one of the topics I started thinking about was the edTPA, a relatively new assessment for pre-service teacher candidates […]
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April 2014 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On March 31, 2014
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  • academic language, Advocacy, CCSS, Corwin Press, ELL, NYSED, teacher evaluation, TESOL
Thank you for your interest in DSF Consulting, a small business that supports English learner achievement and supports teachers of ELs. We’d like to share all the ways we worked toward EL equity during the past month and how we spread the word through our writing and presentations. TESOL/Kellogg Foundation Grant We are thrilled to […]
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Recent CCSS for ELLs Resource Roundup

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 28, 2014
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  • academic language, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, MOOC
Originally posted on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner / February 13, 2014 Greetings from snowed-in Washington, DC!  This week I’d like to take a break from text-dependent questions to share some resources with you on implementing the Common Core with ELLs that have become available recently. You’ll also notice our new blog design, which we hope will […]
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Text Dependent Questions for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On January 24, 2014
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  • academic language, close reading, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, English language learner, text dependent questions, Tim Shanahan
Originally posted January 24, 2014 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In this week’s post, I’ll circle back to another theme from Tim Shanahan’s fascinating article called “Letting the Text Take Center Stage” (American Educator, Fall 2013). As you may recall from my previous posts, Shanahan’s article explores the issues of background knowledge and text […]
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Common Core and ELLs: Planning Professional Development About Academic Language (Part 2)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 2, 2013
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  • academic language, Common Core, ELL, English language learner, Professional Development
By Ayanna Cooper and Diane Staehr Fenner | Originally published November 20, 2013 on the Colorin Colorado website In Part 1 of our series about planning professional development around the Common Core, we offered some introductory points to cover as you consider what your colleagues need to know about implementing the new standards with English Learners (ELs). […]
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Assessment of ELLs on the CCSS

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 28, 2013
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  • academic language, accommodations, assessment, Common Core, ELL, ELPA21, English as a Second Language, English language learner, language, PARCC, SBAC, Smarter Balanced, students with disabilities, test development, WIDA
In this week’s post, I’ll share some information related to assessing English language learners that I gathered while attending the Council of Chief State School Officers National Conference on Student Assessment last week. You can take a look at the CCSSO NCSA conference program as well as several presentations here.
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