Grants for Implementing Next Generation Classroom Assessments
Naiku’s Teacher Team School Grants combine professional development and next-generation classroom assessment software to give K–12 classroom teachers the necessary information and tools required to successfully implement learner-centric assessment methodologies within a team environment. The award includes expert-led customized professional development to provide guidance on effective acquisition and use of student proficiency data. Instruction will be tailored toward school needs and may include designing and developing valid common assessments; comparing and using student proficiency data for informed and differentiated instruction; engaging students with learner-centric assessment to personalize learning; developing curriculum maps to support assessment and instruction; and importing, creating, and sharing valid common assessments. Thirty Teacher Team Grants will be awarded.
Deadline: Rolling through September 30, 2017, for applications
Vocabulary learning is a pivotal part of any language development program for young learners in both their home language and additional languages. On October 18, 2017, from 10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET), TESOL will host a webinar entitled “Vocabulary Riches for Young Learners.”
Educators are invited to join advocates, researchers, and security experts in an interactive webinar on October 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) on “Immigration, Safety and Security,” hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute.
Researcher and ELL expert Jim Cummins has identified three keys to success in teaching students who are just learning English:
· Engage students in their literacy by providing access to resources.
· Ensure that all teachers are prepared to scaffold their instruction across the curriculum.
· Affirm and value students’ background, culture, and identity.
Across the nation, many schools are using edtech tools to support their teaching of English language learners through these three tactics. Read Middlebury Interactive’s special report on how technology can help address the needs of English language learners.