Transforming Schools for English Learners

Author: Debbie Zacarian
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412990408
Format: PDF, ePub
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Position your school to successfully teach English learners Could your school be more effective at instructing its English learners? Whether you are just beginning to work with an emergent population or need to improve your program, this book provides a comprehensive framework for improving ELs’ academic performance and school engagement through visionary planning of EL education programming. The author addresses such critical topics as: Selecting the appropriate program model for your school Creating effective student course schedules for language development and content Making data-driven decisions using effective measures of student performance learning Effectively using Response to Intervention (RTI)

Advocating for English Learners

Author: Diane Staehr Fenner
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452257698
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Embrace the future by ensuring English Learners have a voice in school. English Learners (ELs) are the fastest-growing segment of the K–12 population. Therefore, educators must provide a voice for their needs. This book demystifies the techniques of advocacy for ELs, including: A shared sense of responsibility for EL success–Providing tools that every educator can use to ensure that ELs are effectively served An overview for administrators–Influencing policy and fostering a culture that meets EL needs Advocacy for ELs’ success beyond Grade 12–Equipping ELs for life after graduation, from higher education to career decisions

Mastering Academic Language

Author: Debbie Zacarian
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452277850
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The achievement gap is a language gap—and you can bridge it! Mastering academic language is the "make or break" skill for school success. This much-needed book shows how teachers can scaffold instruction for students who struggle to learn, speakers of non-standard English, and English learners, helping students from all backgrounds to thrive in school. Readers will find: Practical teaching strategies based on the four key facets of academic language fluency Richly detailed case studies about students’ experiences with academic language across the content areas Guidance on family involvement Thought-provoking study questions, along with performance assessment tools

English Language Learners at School

Author: Else V. Hamayan
Publisher: Caslon Incorporated
ISBN: 9781934000045
Format: PDF
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Includes a free subscription to a companion website. This book is not returnable if the shrink wrap is damaged or removed.

Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning

Author: James Rickabaugh
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416621601
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this powerful new book, James Rickabaugh, former superintendent and current director of the Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL), presents the groundbreaking results of the Institute’s half-decade of research, development, and practice: a simple but powerful model for personalizing students’ learning experiences by building their levels of commitment, ownership, and independence. Tried and rigorously tested in urban, suburban, and rural districts--and in different academic and economic settings--the IPL model has been proven to enhance student engagement and achievement at all levels. Rickabaugh provides principals and other top-level leaders with * Step-by-step guidance for implementing the model; * A detailed overview of the research and work behind the model’s development; * A complete introduction to the heart of the model—a comprehensive, multi-layered framework centered on the three core components of learner profiles, customized learning paths, and proficiency-based progress; * Tools and activities for assessing and adjusting the model to meet the specific needs of students and staff; * Strategies for increasing and reinforcing enthusiasm for the change process among everyone involved, from the classroom to the greater community; and * An abundance of real-life examples and reflections from students, teachers, principals, and superintendents whose schools have flourished in record time and with minimal additional funding or resources. Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning offers a blueprint that dramatically improves student outcomes and prepares today’s learners to meet life’s challenges in college and beyond.

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas

Author: Judie Haynes
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416612335
Format: PDF
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English language learners (ELLs) often face the difficult challenge of learning both a new language and new subject matter at the same time. In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian offer strategies, tools, and tips that teachers can use to help ELLs at all levels flourish in mainstream classrooms. This book will show teachers how to * Determine their ELLs' stages of English language acquisition. * Modify assignments and assessments in different content areas for ELLs at different stages of language development. * Ensure that all ELLs participate fully in lesson activities alongside their English-fluent peers. * Communicate effectively with parents and guardians of students from diverse cultures. Real-life examples of lessons from elementary, middle, and high school that have been modified for ELLs in language arts, math, science, and social studies classes show how to effectively put the authors' recommendations into practice. A glossary of important ELL and ESL terms is included as well, for those who are new to teaching ELLs. Whether novice or veteran, all teachers of ELLs will benefit from this wonderfully practical guide to ensuring that ELLs learn English by learning content--and learn content while learning English.

Teaching to Strengths

Author: Debbie Zacarian
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416624600
Format: PDF, ePub
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Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. Much has been written about these students from a therapeutic perspective, especially regarding how to provide them with adequate counseling supports and services. Conversely, little has been written about teaching this population and doing so from a strengths-based perspective. Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this book shows how to * Identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom. * Connect to students’ experiences through instructional planning and delivery. * Foster students’ strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences. * Develop family and community partnerships. Experts Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes outline a comprehensive, collaborative approach to teaching that focuses on students’ strengths and resiliency. Teaching to Strengths encourages educators to embrace teaching and schoolwide practices that support and enhance the academic and socio-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress.

Change Leadership

Author: Tony Wagner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118429516
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises that guide educators through the development of their practice as agents of change. It exemplifies a new and powerful approach to leadership in schools.

In It Together

Author: Debbie Zacarian
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483388220
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Harness the power of teacher, student, school, family, and community partnerships! Building coalitions of support is within easy reach with this compelling book from highly-regarded educational expert Debbie Zacarian and veteran classroom teacher Michael Silverstone. Richly detailed vignettes and concrete, evidence-based strategies help you systematically: Develop positive and enduring relationships with students, families, and communities Build coalitions of support around learning and engagement Support students and families from marginalized populations This thoughtful and inspiring guide shows you how to ramp-up student achievement and engagement with methods you can use immediately!

Culturally Proficient Practice

Author: Reyes L. Quezada
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452217297
Format: PDF
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With this powerful guide, educators learn how to improve the academic success of English learners by putting culturally proficient practices to work in their classroom and schools.