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Professional Growth opportunities for teachers, administrators, and educators.

Teacher Advisor Program

Nov 15, 2016


Professional Learning Program Using Artificial Intelligence Technology

For the past two years, the IBM Foundation has worked with teachers and their union, American Federation of Teachers, to build Teacher Advisor, a program that uses artificial intelligence technology to answer questions from educators and help them build personalized lesson plans.

Guide to Syrian Refugees

Nov 08, 2016


Guide for Providing Support and Assistance to Newcomers

Refugees from Syria is a refugee backgrounder published by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center, Center for Applied Linguistics, which provides a brief guide to Syria’s history, people, and cultures. The backgrounder then looks at the crisis in Syria and the conditions refugees face in first asylum countries. Finally, it considers some of the strengths and resources resettled refugees may be able to draw on in their new communities and some of the challenges they are likely to face.

Develop Oral Language

Nov 08, 2016


Video Series for Developing Oral Language

Key Strategies for Developing Oral Language, a video series from Teaching Channel, focuses on academic conversations with English language learners (ELLs). The series, created in partnership with Oakland Unified School District, highlights three classrooms where ELLs are engaged in academic conversations.

National Writing Project

Nov 08, 2016


SPOTLIGHT! On Writing and Language Acquisition

Last school year, the National Writing Project invited teachers from six high-need elementary schools across the United States to help expand the vision of what it means to recognize, prepare, and honor K–12 English learners (ELs) and their families as writers.

Literacy Skills

Nov 08, 2016


Strategies to Build and Strengthen Literacy Skills

Reading Rockets Classroom Strategies provides teachers with dozens of activities they can do before, during, or after reading a text.


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