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Cut to the Core
¿Dónde está mi Coach? Built from the ground up for the Common Core State Standards, Triumph Learning’s Common Core Coach ELA series, the 2015 Teachers' Choice Award winner, will be available in Spanish for grades 3, 4 and 5 in the spring! Tutor de Estándares Comunes, Artes del lenguaje is ideal for Dual Language Instruction, including Two-Way Immersion classrooms. All lessons include explicit teacher-led instruction, collaborative peer work and independent practice. With this instructional anchor, you can implement the Common Core State Standards with confidence. Preorder your class set today and save 15% by calling (800) 338-6519.
SPOTLIGHT! On Dual Language Education
National interest in dual language and immersion education is on the rise. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) currently catalogs more than 700 dual language programs in the United States. Even more revealing are data from CAL’s national survey report. The percentage of public elementary schools offering immersion education has increased significantly. These are clear indicators that US families and educators are looking for more intensive language and culture learning opportunities to prepare the next generation for global citizenship.
Two-way immersion (TWI) is a distinctive form of dual language education in which native English speakers and native speakers of another language are integrated for academic content instruction through both English and the partner language. The structure of these programs varies, but they all integrate the two groups of students for most instruction and provide at least 50% of instruction in the partner language at all grade levels. They begin in the primary grades and extend five to seven years, optimally from kindergarten to grade 12. Two-way immersion programs strive to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors in all students.
Reach the Next Generation
Rourke Education Media’s Next Generation Science Resource Bins are supplemental resources for kindergarten through grade 5 that support schools as they are integrating STEM into their science curriculum. Each lesson sequence is correlated to a Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) and integrates Common Core English Language Arts standards. Each grade level resource bin is available in English, Spanish or both languages for dual language programs. Each grade level bin includes 24 lesson sequences grouped into units, giving a year’s worth of instruction along with pretesting and posttesting. All lesson sequences use the 5 E Learning Cycle Model (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation). In addition to mini-labs, each lesson sequence includes differentiated Language Development reproducibles, a Journal Activity, Student Activity reproducibles and a Home–School Connection science project. The resources that comprise the Next Generation Science Resource Bins are designed for whole-class or small-group instruction.
Make Language Learning Engaging
Inspiration Lane is an online magazine created for all levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) by an ESOL teacher. This online resource is unique because each day the reading content automatically changes. The daily readings and interactive language activities are intended to provide a free, engaging and encouraging experience for students learning English. A daily post may include Quote of the Day, This Day in History, Article of the Day, Caption Central, Museum Town, Comic Creators and more. Many of the features include teaching tips for using the activities with students learning English.
Partner with Parents
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is committed to increasing the number of informed and engaged parents who play a critical role in ensuring quality education for all students. As part of its Padres Comprometidos initiative, NCLR has partnered with Box Tops for Education on Padres Comprometidos: Support Your Child’s Success, a toolkit for Hispanic families. This toolkit is designed to help parents get involved in their children’s education beginning at the primary school level and to encourage them to work in close partnership with their child’s school to get their child college-ready.
Plus: The Box Tops for Education program offers families easy, everyday ways to earn cash for their school. Since the program began in 1996, America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through Box Tops for Education, including more than $74 million last school year, alone. More than 90,000 K–8 schools are enrolled in the program, which is supported by more than 240 brands. Yet Box Tops is not only about the money: it’s also a program that makes it possible for parents to be part of their child’s success at school and make a real difference in their children’s education.
"Winning" Funding Finds
Find Curated, Current Funding Opportunities
GetEdFunding is a free and fresh website sponsored by CDW•G to help educators and institutions find the funds they need in order to supplement their already stretched budgets. GetEdFunding hosts a collection of more than 3,000 (and growing) grants and other funding opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources and available to public and private, preK–12 educators, schools and districts, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations that work with them. GetEdFunding offers customized searches by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, eight content areas and any of the 21st century themes and skills that support your curriculum. After registering on the site, you can save the grant opportunities of greatest interest and then return to them at any time. This rich resource of funding opportunities is expanded, updated and monitored daily.
Plus: On March 27, 2014, the GetEdFunding community on edWeb.net hosted a webinar entitled “The Funding Outlook in Education,” sponsored by CDW•G. This free webinar provided an update on the funding landscape. The presentation provided answers to the following questions: What does federal funding look like for the rest of the school year? Are there any new funds on the horizon? What are the latest funding trends in the states? What money is available now for the 2014–2015 school year? The webinar was recorded and is archived in the GetEdFunding community.
Honor Academically Outstanding Hispanic Students
The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year NHRP honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from the approximately 235,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands as well as US citizens attending schools abroad. Approximately 200 of the top-scoring PAA students from Puerto Rico are also included. Although NHRP does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition, and this achievement should be indicated on students’ college applications. NHRP makes this information available to subscribing colleges and universities that are particularly interested in communicating with academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students. Check the website for details.
Preserve Cultural Experiences Through Literature
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The award is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. As a children’s librarian, storyteller and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the United States through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. Librarians seeking great books for children and young people, while serving the growing needs of a young Hispanic population, will find a list of the best books among the award winners celebrating Latino authors and illustrators.
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Move Beyond Words
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy Grants are available to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students who are performing below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.
Deadline: Grant application available January 2015
Plus: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Adult Literacy Grants are available to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Organizations must provide help in one of the following instructional areas: adult basic education, GED or high school equivalency preparation and English language acquisition.
Deadline: Grant application available January 2015
Reach Hard-to-Reach Students
The Tina B. Carver Fund honors the life and work of a longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Established by Carver’s family and colleagues, the fund provides grants of up to $400 for the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (for example, ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instructional materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. A TESOL member, or member of a TESOL affiliate, may submit an application on behalf of a community-based organization, charitable institution or other nonprofit in the United States that carries 501(c)(3) status and provides ESL programming for adults. Awarded grants will primarily serve the hardest-to-reach students with limited resources.
Deadlines: January 31, May 31, September 30, annually
Professional Learning Plus
A Foundation for English Language Teaching
The TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP) is a 130-hour online training program providing a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching. The certificate program provides a summary of the core knowledge of the field to support individuals in enhancing their professional practice and careers in serving the needs of English language learners (ELLs). The program is designed for current or prospective teachers or administrators worldwide who have little to no formal training in ELT. Participants can focus on teaching adults in ESL and/or EFL environments, or on teaching young learners in EFL environments.
Deadline: November 16, 2014, for applications
Academic Language Development
Four “Real Principles” for Effective English Grammar Teaching is a virtual seminar that is the first of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. Recent findings from corpus grammar research, research that focuses on form in ESL classrooms and new understandings of how vocabulary and grammar knowledge interrelate have provided important new tools for teaching grammar. Similarly, recent research into novice teachers’ grammar knowledge and explanations has revealed some potential areas of difficulty for teachers. This series draws on these research findings to suggest ways to address practical issues that arise in the teaching and learning of grammar in real classrooms. The presenters demystify grammar explanations and make concrete suggestions concerning teaching, learning and assessment. This first presentation will offer several fundamental principles for grammar teaching and learning, addressing some ways in which teachers can be more effective in fostering their students’ grammar development. Specific examples and exercises will be provided to demonstrate each principle. The seminar will take place online on November 19, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET). Registration is free for TESOL members and nonmembers.
Deadline: November 16, 2014, for registration
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Primary Source’s online course Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students & Families in Secondary Schools provides a theoretical and practical foundation for culturally responsive teaching of English language learners in the secondary school setting. The course will examine immigrant teenagers and their experience of schooling; cross-cultural communication and its implications for teaching and learning; and effective strategies for secondary schools to engage immigrant and refugee families. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching practice, apply course skills and strategies and receive feedback from peers and the instructor. The course will take place online between November 5 and December 9, 2014. Participants who complete the course may earn 22.5 PDPs/one graduate credit.
Deadline: Registration ongoing until course is filled
Do you feel confident discussing grammar? If not, TESOL offers an online course from February 2 through March 1, 2015, to help you develop the metalinguistic competence—and confidence—necessary to discuss grammar in the classroom. The Grammar 1 course on phrasal structures is not about how to teach grammar, because how you teach grammar depends very much on your students and the goals of your program. However, the course does suggest principles to keep in mind when planning grammar instruction. You will also prepare plans for grammar teaching activities and share them with other participants so that everyone develops a bigger “bag of tricks” to use in their own teaching. Participants will learn how to define the basic grammatical terms used in most grammar textbooks; identify grammatical structures within sentences; explain the structure of noun phrases, the structure of verb phrases and the functions of English verb tenses; write teaching plans for grammar points; incorporate communicative practice into their teaching plans—and more.
Deadline: January 28, 2015, for registration
A Moveable Feast of Poems and Stories
Word Mover is a free iPad app from ReadWriteThink that allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, students can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text. The app features multiuser poem storage; user management with the ability to delete or restore within two weeks; six poem categories, each with the ability to personalize; 12 backgrounds for stylizing poems; helpful “how-to” information; auto-saving of poems as they are created; viewing of finished poems for proofreading; and the ability to save poems to photos, print them on a wireless printer and share them by email.
The PrepositionBuilder app from Mobile Education Store is designed to help elementary-aged children learn the correct use of prepositions and how prepositions can change the meaning of a sentence. During play, students are presented an image and must drag a preposition to complete a sentence about the image. If students choose an incorrect preposition, the image and sentence change to show the student the proper use of the preposition they chose and how it changes the image. After completing a module, students unlock a short animation that is part of a larger story. They must complete all the modules to see the entire story.
Mobile Device: iPad
Literal and Nonliteral Meanings
The Kidioms iPad app makes learning idioms fun for ELL students. The app uses an interactive notebook to present an idiom, its meaning and an example showing the idiom used in context. Each page of the notebook also has a graphic to help illustrate the idiom’s meaning. In addition to the lessons, Kidioms offers three interactive activities to help reinforce the concepts and provide practice using and understanding the idioms: The Word Drop activity challenges the learner to complete the idiom by choosing the correct missing word. Missing Word asks the user to spell the missing word. And Match-Up prompts the student to select the correct idiom to fill in the blank in a larger block of text. The activities in Kidioms are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Mobile Device: iPad
Fact or Myth?
At the Plimoth Plantation’s You Are the Historian website, students become history detectives as they investigate the first Thanksgiving. (Some historians think that “The First Thanksgiving” wasn’t really a thanksgiving. They call it “The 1621 Harvest Celebration” because it was more like a harvest festival.) On this website, students use clues to try to figure out what really happened at the 1621 harvest celebration. They are guided by Dancing Hawk, a Wampanoag whose ancestors were at the harvest celebration, and by Sarah, whose ancestor, Remember Allerton, was at the celebration too. If students don’t know the meaning of a word they encounter, they can use the online Glossary. Or if they want an expert opinion, they can go to Visit the Expert.
Plus: A Teacher’s Guide includes corresponding online activities for Historian Skills: separating fact from myth, identifying and analyzing primary sources, making educated guesses using cultural clues and considering multiple points of view. The Teacher’s Guide also includes a Historian’s Log with free, downloadable graphic organizers to further students’ online understanding and enhance offline work. The student activities are based on the Teaching for Understanding framework developed by educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Plus: The History Channel offers information about the history of Thanksgiving, including videos and audio clips of interviews with Plimoth Plantation living history museum characters.
A Playful World
Carlos Velázquez, a teacher in Spain, believes that physical education can be used as a vehicle to promote intercultural knowledge and values. In pursuit of this goal, he has compiled a listing of traditional children’s games from around the world. Several years ago, Velázquez conducted a series of interviews with people of all ages from various Spanish provinces. This website provides 28 games and their rules, played in different parts of Spain. The explanations are clear and bring to life an interesting and broad mix of play. Many of these traditional Spanish games are similar to children’s activities in the United States.
Home Away from Home
On December 7, 1941, the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent were living on the West Coast of the United States. Within a few months, this entire population was gone. Out of fears of espionage and sabotage along the Pacific, the US government removed Japanese American men, women and children from their homes and placed them in internment camps in the interior of the country. Two-thirds of the internees were United States citizens. None of them was ever charged with a crime. The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles presents personal accounts of the internment in an online exhibition, “Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp.” Before the war, Clara Estelle Breed was the supervising children’s librarian at the San Diego Public Library, where she came to know many young Japanese Americans. When they were evacuated from San Diego, she was at the train station to see them off. She handed out stamped, self-addressed postcards and urged them to write to her when they reached their destination. In 1993 she gave her collection of more than 250 postcards and letters to one of her correspondents, who later donated the collection to the museum. Four of the “Miss Breed” letters are used in a lesson plan on the study of letters as primary source documents. As students compare the writers’ differing points of view, they may see more clearly that the history of an event or period of time is never a single story.
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