Educators Rising offers a series of freemicrocredentials for participating high school and college students in preparation for future teaching careers. These asynchronouscourses, offered through an online platform, require participants to learn about and then try research-based practices in their own interactions with students. Participants then submit evidence of their work, get feedback from reviewers, reflect on what they’ve learned, and ultimately demonstrate competency in the set of skills to earn the credential. The courses take between five and 15 hours to complete and include topics that Educators Rising considers crucial for future teachers to be successful: antibias instruction, classroom culture, collaboration, formative assessment, and learner engagement.
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.