To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).
Read.Inquire.Write. is a research-based curriculum from The University of Michigan School of Education that creates a process to support middle school students’ argument writing through reading of sources and analysis of complex social and historical issues. Across investigations, students write increasingly complex forms of argument—from interpretations to critiques to counterarguments—with support from disciplinary literacy tools.
Educators know that writing skills reinforce reading skills, but what’s the best way to capitalize on this beneficial relationship? By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence. Colleen Cruz’s Writers Read Better: Nonfictioningeniously helps teachers make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with 28 carefully matched, conceptually connected lesson pairs. Complete with practical suggestions on adapting the lessons to suit the particular needs of the classroom, as well as individual students, this resource offers a solid foundation for giving students the advantage of powerful, transferable literacy skills. Download a freelesson on drafting and understanding.
Educators have a unique opportunity to expand their skills in instructional design and learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. The educational technology programs offered online through Penn StateWorld Campus, in collaboration with the College of Education, can help teachers incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of their learning experiences. The courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. The Education programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Interested participants can choose from the following programs: Masterof Education in Learning, Design, and Technology; Graduate Certificates in e-Learning Design; Educational Technology Integration; and Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings.