How to Serve your Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 13, 2017
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  • Advocacy, ELL, English as a Second Language, ESL, SIFE, SLIFE
Have you noticed any changes to your English learner (EL) population lately? As educators of ELs, we are aware that world events often have an impact on our newly arrived ELs’ backgrounds. In this point in time in which immigrants and ELs are often the topic of conversation among policymakers, it is important to consider the […]
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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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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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Preparation of ESL Teachers in Common Core Era

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On April 16, 2014
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  • Aida Walqui, Amanda Kibler, CCSS, edTPA, English as a Second Language, English language learner, ESL, Guadalupe Valdes, Kellogg Foundation, standards, TESOL
Originally published on the Colorin Colorado website by Diane Staehr Fenner / April 9, 2014 Happy Spring! After spending much of March providing professional development to ESL and content teachers in a few states, as well as attending the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, OR, I’m happy to be back in the Washington, DC […]
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December 2013 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On December 3, 2013
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  • Advocacy, American Museum of Natural History, CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, ELL, English as a Second Language, English language learner, ESL, GATESOL, NYSTESOL, Professional Development
Thank you for your interest in DSF Consulting, LLC, a woman owned small business that supports English Learner (EL) achievement. We’d like to highlight some of our recent publications, blog posts, ongoing projects, and presentations. Publications Diane and Ayanna’s coauthored article Practical Strategies for Implementing the Common Core with English Learners was published by the […]
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October 2013 Newsletter

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On October 1, 2013
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  • Advocacy, assessment, CCSS, Colorin Colorado, Common Core, Corwin Preess, ELL, ELLs, English as a Second Language, English language learners, ESL, Illinois State Board of Education, PARCC, Peace Corps, Professional Development
Thank you for reading the DSF Consulting October 2013 newsletter. We have a lot of news to share with you!  Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators Diane Staehr Fenner’s new book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators made its debut last week at the Illinois Bilingual Directors’ meeting and was very […]
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Common Core for ELLs: Resource Roundup

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 19, 2013
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  • CCSS, Common Core, ELL, ESL, Professional Development
Originally posted on September 11, 2013 for Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner With the beginning of the new school year, this week I’ll share some recently developed Common Core materials for English language learners that have been updated or that I have recently become aware of. If you know of others or would like to […]
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Instructional Suggestions for ELLs: PARCC Assessment Task (Part 2)

  • Posted by Diane Staehr Fenner
  • On September 19, 2013
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  • assessment, CCSS, Common Core, ELL, ESL, PARCC
Originally posted September 6, 2013 on Colorin Colorado by Diane Staehr Fenner In my last post, I analyzed a third grade English PARCC language arts research simulation taskthrough an ELL lens. For that task, students are asked to read one passage (in this case, a text excerpt from the book Eliza’s Cherry Trees) and answer questions about it. Then, they […]
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