Socratic Circles and the Common Core: Part I

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 29, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, ELL, socratic discussion
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / September 29, 2014 In this post, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll […]
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Scaffolding CCSS Instruction for ELLs – New Resource Guides

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 11, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, ELL, English language learner, ESL, Professional Development, scaffolding
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / September 9, 2014 In my third post of the new school year, I’ll share with you more new resources that will support ELLs with instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. (You can see my first […]
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A Deeper Look at an Innovative High School CCSS Lesson for ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 10, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English language learner, ESL, High School
By Diane Staehr Fenner / Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website / August 26, 2014 In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher […]
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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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Summer Slide, ELLs, and the Common Core

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 26, 2014
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  • CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, larry ferlazzo, summer school, summer slide
Originally published at Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner / June 19, 2014 As the current school year winds down, I’m coming across several articles and blog posts on the “summer slide” phenomenon. The term summer slide refers to the learning loss that many students experience during summer vacation. This blog post highlights how the summer slide […]
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May-June 2014 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On June 2, 2014
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  • Advocacy, Colorin Colorado, ELL, English as a Second Language, Professional Development, TESOL, TESOL International Association
Thank you for your interest in DSF Consulting, a small business that supports English learner achievement and teachers of ELs. We’d like to share some of the ways we worked toward EL equity during the past two months. Supporting TESOL International Association with Three Projects In addition to Diane Staehr Fenner’s ongoing managing of Council […]
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What’s Your “Elevator Speech” About Your Expertise with the Common Core for ELLs?

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On May 29, 2014
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  • Advocacy, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, elevator speech, English as a Second Language, English language learner, ESL, Professional Development
By Diane Staehr Fenner | originally published on Colorin Colorado May 22, 2014 Throughout my conversations with educators this spring, I’ve focused on helping ESL teachers further develop their leadership skills as they solidify their role within the Common Core framework.  One strategy is for ESL teachers to get some practice at explaining these new […]
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Common Core Curriculum Rubric: Meeting the Needs of ELLs

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On February 28, 2014
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  • assessment, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, curriculum, ELL, English as a Second Language, rubric, text dependent questions, WIDA
Originally published on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder / February 27, 2014 This week we’d like to focus on taking a closer look at CCSS-based curriculum that meets English language learners (ELLs)’ needs. I was recently asked to review ESL curriculum that is being developed for a state education agency and is designed 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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