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Spanish Translation of Common Core Standards Makes Debut

Spanish Translation of Common Core Standards Makes Debut | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

California educators working on translating the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts into Spanish have finished much of their work and are making the translations available to their colleagues around the country.


The Common Core en Español Project was led by the San Diego County Office of Education and done with support from the California Department of Education and the Council of the Chief State School Officers.


In addition to translations, the educators and language scholars have also written "linguistic augmentations" to address differences between English/language arts and Spanish/language arts, such as the use of accents. They also provide Spanish translations of the new common core English/language arts and mathematics standards specifically for California educators.

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PARCC, Common Core, Close Reading and ELLs

PARCC, Common Core, Close Reading and ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Close reading of texts with ELLs presents more challenges beyond balancing building background knowledge with working with the actual text. Such challenges for educators of ELLs include choosing appropriate grade level texts, supplying supplementary texts at different reading levels, scaffolding instruction, and creating text depending questions that ELLs can access.

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Helpful article that briefly compares three approaches/definitions of close reading:

  • Tim Shanahan
  • PARCC
  • Aspen Institute


Also considers the role of background knowledge when ELLs are working with complex texts. Several excellent resources embedded in the post.

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Preparing All Teachers of ELLs for the CCSS

Preparing All Teachers of ELLs for the CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The implementation of the Common Core means that all students, including English language learners, will face new demanding academic and cognitive requirements across content areas and grade levels. For ELLs, English language development (ELD) standards provide a tool for defining the types of language ELLs will need to acquire in order to achieve under the CCSS.

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Top Ten Resources on the CCSS for ELLs

Top Ten Resources on the CCSS for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Since top ten lists are popular during this time of year, I thought I’d compile my own with the focus on CCSS resources for ELLs. Since I’ve been writing this blog (and actually before then), I’ve been mentally compiling my favorite practical resources for teachers who work with ELLs. I will share this list with you in this post. In case you’re wondering, my list is in alphabetical, not hierarchical, order.


The resources included span a continuum of teachers’ knowledge related to the standards, from beginners to experts.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Communicating on the Same Wavelength

Cutting to the Common Core: Communicating on the Same Wavelength | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As we strive to implement new standards with a focus on career and college readiness, inter-disciplinary colleagues will have dual responsibilities to address complex subject matter standards while integrating opportunities for diverse learners to flex their language muscles engaging in productive academic interactions. Imagine the collective impact a school staff can have on under-resourced scholars and ELs if we each entered the classroom daily, conveying the enthusiasm for our field of study and linguistic acumen that originally propelled us into the teaching profession.
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Common Core and ELLs: New Resources From Urban Schools Group

Common Core and ELLs: New Resources From Urban Schools Group | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Council of the Great City Schools has just unveiled a new website on the Common Core State Standards that is designed specifically to help urban districts more easily communicate the changes that will be afoot both for teachers and for students under the new academic expectations.

 

To help districts explain these very complicated shifts to non-English-speaking parents, the council has produced a three-minute video in Spanish that describes the common-core standards and what parents should expect.

 

The Council's common-core website has a section on English-learners and features a video of the recent panel discussion at the College Board that focused on ELL students' rights to rigorous academic programs and content.

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CCSS/ELL Themes I’m Seeing

CCSS/ELL Themes I’m Seeing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

During the open-ended roundtable sessions, participants shared their challenges in implementing the CCSS for ELLs in their contexts and also highlighted what strides they were making toward supporting ELLs and their teachers in this endeavor.  Shared here are some of the overarching themes that arose over the course of the discussions, which link back to in future blog posts.

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Report: Scrap One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Teaching ELLs

Report: Scrap One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Teaching ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As more and more school districts around the country put the common standards in English/language arts and mathematics into practice, one refrain is growing louder and louder: Instruction for English-learners must change radically.

 

Of course, the instructional shifts required in the common core are significant for all students, but for the nation's large—and growing—population of English-learners, traditional approaches of teaching them the language by emphasizing grammar and syntax, for example, have to give way to instruction that allows ELLs to understand content, think critically, and communicate ideas—even if imperfectly.

 

These shifts will be most critical in the secondary grades, where too often the focus for English-learners is on making sure they learn the language and little else.

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College Board Puts Spotlight on Needs of ELLs, New Kinds of Tests

College Board Puts Spotlight on Needs of ELLs, New Kinds of Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

David Coleman, considered a co-architect of the CCSS is now at the helm of The College Board. In a recent meeting he made it clear  that the central place of "complex text" in the standards extends to English-learners. He stated, "As many teachers already know—but too many still don't embody in their teaching—students learning English can be robbed of opportunities to grow when they are given watered-down texts in response to their still-developing English-language skills."

 

While the impulse to shift text complexity downward to meet students is understandable, Coleman said, he urged educators instead to teach deep, interesting, complex texts to their English-learners and meet them there with "artful scaffolding." He cast it as a civil rights issue, saying that "once the quality of texts shifts downward, there is no way out" for students, who are then trapped in lower levels of learning and can't catch up to their English-speaking peers.

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Common Core and ELLs

Common Core and ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Welcome to our new blog from Colorín Colorado! We’ll be focusing on the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with English language learners.

 

The blog will include updates from the ELL field about language proficiency standards, assessments, and professional development, as well as ELL considerations for other initiatives around the CCSS.  We’ll also include updates from our Common Core and ELLs resource section.

 

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Common Core State Standards and English-Proficiency

Common Core State Standards and English-Proficiency | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As school districts forge ahead in putting the common academic standards into practice, many states are still revising or creating new English-language-proficiency standards to spell out for teachers the sophisticated language skills that their English-learner students will need to succeed with the rigorous new academic expectations.


To help states with that task, the Washington-based Council of Chief State School Officers late last month released a detailed set of guidelines created by English-language-learner experts and some of the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

The new guide, or framework, as it's formally called, is designed to be a road map for states as they update, revamp, and rewrite the English-language-proficiency standards that teachers will use as guideposts to help ELL students acquire the academic language necessary to learn the new content.

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Alliance for Excellent Education’s Building on the CCSS to Improve Learning for ELLs

Alliance for Excellent Education’s Building on the CCSS to Improve Learning for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

On February 26 I was fortunate to attend the Alliance for Excellent Education’s briefing on the CCSS for ELLs in Washington, DC.  The briefing focused on how CCSS shifts will affect ELLs, as well as multiple ways in which the CCSS serve as an opportunity to improve ELLs’ learning and support educators’ collaboration.


The Alliance for Excellent Education has recently published a policy brief titled The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standard in October 2012. Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, set the mood for the morning by noting that while the Common Core will be used with ninety percent of all students in the U.S., adoption of the CCSS “is one thing, but implementation is another.”


Later in the day, the same panelists recorded a webinar. You can access all the materials from the face to face briefing and webinar here.

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Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Language with the Common Core State Standards

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Six Key Principles for ELL Instruction | Understanding Language

Six Key Principles for ELL Instruction | Understanding Language | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Understanding Language is devoted to improving education for English Language Learners in light of the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
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Stanford education experts help launch a new rigorous curriculum for English language learners

Stanford education experts help launch a new rigorous curriculum for English language learners | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A Stanford-led education initiative is sharing a new approach to teaching English language learners. Seventh graders with intermediate-level English language skills will, for example, grapple directly with challenging documents such as Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

It aims to help students who are still learning English to meet new standards in English language arts being required by the new Common Core State Standards. The Common Core, adopted in California and 44 other states, is a set of rigorous educational standards focused on helping students become better prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.

"The Common Core requires students to go deeper by doing things like using text-based evidence to make arguments," said Hakuta, who co-chairs Understanding Language. "While that's great, it could disadvantage English language learners."
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I feel that I have collected material regarding how to use comic books in the classroom and why they are important. Now, I would like to focus on how it can be used to help English Learners, so understanding the strategies that help language development and connect those strategies to how to use comic books in education. This is a particularly interesting article because it focuses on the common core and is a whole unit that has been designed to increase language development.

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ELLs and Complex Text in the Common Core: An EdWeek Webinar

ELLs and Complex Text in the Common Core: An EdWeek Webinar | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Tomorrow, I'll be moderating an edweek.org webinar that will highlight some instructional strategies and supports to help teachers bridge the gap between acquiring language and truly mastering academic content for their students who are English-language learners.

This, of course, is driven by the widespread adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards that will, more than before, demand sophisticated uses of language that will challenge ELLs and their teachers.
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Testing Groups Work on Accessibility for English-Learners

Testing Groups Work on Accessibility for English-Learners | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The rollout of common assessments to measure how students are mastering the Common Core State Standards is now less than two years away, and the two groups of states working to design the tests are ramping up efforts to ensure English-learners and students with disabilities won't be left behind.

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New Alliance Report Identifies Challenges and Solutions for Helping ELLs Meet Higher Expectations Associated with CCSS

New Alliance Report Identifies Challenges and Solutions for Helping ELLs Meet Higher Expectations Associated with CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offer great promise for advancing the quality of education and outcomes for all students, but meeting the higher expectations associated with them could prove especially daunting for the rapidly growing population of English language learners (ELLs) who must learn grade-level content while simultaneously trying to master the English language. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education discusses these challenges, highlights initiatives already underway to help ELLs meet these challenges, and outlines how policy and practice must change to help ELLs graduate ready for college and a career.

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More Resources for Dual Language and Common Core

More Resources for Dual Language and Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Last week, I wrote about a handful of efforts that have been undertaken to translate the common standards into languages other than English for dual-language programs."

 

"Since then, I've learned that educators in San Francisco are beginning to work on translations for Chinese—both Cantonese and Mandarin—for the dual-language programs in that school district. Their plan, says Michele Anberg-Espinosa, a program administrator for world language/dual language in San Francisco Unified, is to "mirror" the translation process that her colleagues in Southern California have undertaken for Spanish dual programs and "augment" that for Cantonese and Mandarin."

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Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms

Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When it comes to putting the new common standards into classroom practice, dual-language teachers must prepare and adapt their instructional strategies to teach the more-rigorous common standards in language arts and mathematics not only in English, but in a second language.

 

In many dual-language programs, particularly in the early grades, students are learning as much as 90 percent of their content in the target, non-English language.

 

So what does the common core look like in Spanish language arts, for example? Who is doing the kind of translation and modification that dual-language teachers need to bridge the language they are teaching in with the content standards? And where can dual-language teachers find more resources to help them?

 

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Language Magazine » Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse

Language Magazine » Cutting to the Common Core: Disrupting Discourse | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Although focused on ELL's students, this article concedes that all students should be considered AELL (Academic English Language Learners), particularly in light of the expectations for an increase in use and understanding of general academic vocabulary.

 

This article provides specific approaches to help all students (and epecially ELL students who may experience greater challenges with CCSS) use and produce error-free, contextually appropriate language using a school wide academic register campaign.

 

 

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The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

The Common Core Challenge for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This article provides guidance and information regarding Common Core and English Language Learners. Kenji Hakuta of Stanford University is leading a national effort to develop CCSS aligned resources that provide specific support for educators working with ELLs.

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