Dr. Kenji Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford and a SCOPE affiliated scholar. He is co-chairing a national initiative to ensure that standards and assessments are attuned to the language needs that ESL students require to succeed.
Kenji Hakuta webinar. Common Core Success for English Language Learners (recorded October 9, 2013) Dr. Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the role of language in subject-area learning, with a special focus on helping English More…Language Learners meet the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Hakuta addresses the need to support language acquisition while simultaneously providing rigorous content-area instruction.
Massive Open Online Course for Educators around CCSS and ELLs
The team at Understanding Language will be offering a short Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for educators this fall. Below are some relevant details about the course. We hope that many of you can join so we can learn from your rich experiences in classrooms, schools, districts, and networks!
Understanding Language Update News It has been five weeks since Stanford University's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Constructive Classroom Conversation: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards, was launched on Oct. 21st, and the course focus has now shifted from constructive conversations and teaching, facilitating & reflecting on conversation skills, to modeling & scaffolding conversation skills. Participants in the course have already collected and analyzed more than 2,000 student conversation samples in K-12 classrooms across the States and beyond, and have formed over 500 teams and generated 1,000 discussion posts on the forums.
NYSED is in the process of writing ESL Common Core Standards and Scaffolding for ELLs in the ELA and Math CCSS.
The ELA CCSS and the Six Shifts:
1. Balancing Informational and Literary Text: At least 50% of what students read is informational. (SIOP, Thinking Maps, Paired Readings)
2. Building Knowledge in the Disciplines: Content teachers emphasize literacy in their classrooms. (In-depth reading of short, content-support texts, structured note-taking and use of other graphic organizers for meaning-making)
3. Staircase of Complexity: Teachers provide appropriate and necessary scaffolding and supports. (Complex texts, rigorous conversations, scaffolding)
4. Text-based Answers:Teachers insist that classroom experiences stay deeply connected to the text.( QAR, Question-Answer-Relationship, text chunking)
5. Writing from Sources: Writing needs to show use of evidence to inform or make an argument. (Sentence starters, outlines, graphic organizers, guided writing, modeling)
6. Academic Vocabulary: Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex text. (Pre-teach academic vocabulary & power words, explicit instruction in word learning strategies, teach language chunks, build on native-language knowledge)
Global economies, new technologies, and exponential growth in information are transforming our society. Today’s employees engage with a technology-driven, diverse, and quickly changing “flat world.” English/language arts teachers need to prepare students for this world with problem solving,collaboration, and analysis—as well as skills with word processing, hypertext, LCDs, Web cams, digital streaming podcasts, smartboards, and social networking software—central to individual and community success." -NCTE
Our ESL students now use iPads in class. Some of their favorite Apps include: See,Touch, Learn; Word Seek, Educreations, Puppet Pals, and Toontastic.
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»ELLs and the Common Core Presentation notes from recent conference topics including: Power Points
•Connecting the Common Core State Standards
•ELLs and the CCS
•From standards to implementation
•Overview of CCSS and prep for 2014
•Building on student strengths
•ELL assessments Validity approach
•Next Generation Accountability
•Aligning Curriculum and Practice
•Curriculum and Practice
•Developing Teacher Expertise doe ELLS
•Dual language Education of New Mexico
•ELLs with Special Needs
•Implementing Standards:ELLs with
•ELLs and Common Core
•Ensuring our place at the table
•Crosscutting Issues of Implementation
•Charting the Course for Success
•Lily Wong Fillmore
•A Framework and Timeline for Phasing in
the Implementation of the Common Core
•ELL - General Education Planning Flow
Chart »Getting Started with the Common Core Achieve the Core website offers free tools and advice on how to get started including text dependent questions and cloze reading exemplars. »The Common Core Challenges and ELLs NASSP Article-The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) currently being rolled out in 46 states give little specific acknowledgement of the challenges for English language learners (ELLs). »Bloom's Taxonomy of Apps Great Apps Resources by Grade Level »21st Century Skills OCM BOCES page with lots of 21st Century Skills Resources. »Kathy Schrock's Bloomin Apps »Technology in the ESL Classroom »Smartboard Lessons Scholastic Activities and Lessons »Apps for Education »Evaluating Teachers of ELLs in an Age of CCSS »4 Easy Steps to Common Core Writing