Professional Development Links

1. Developing Academic Language Using Sentence Frames by Kate Kinsella
Video from Santa Clara County Office of Education
This video discusses the importance of engaging ELLs by providing the academic language they need to share their ideas in complete sentences with complex vocabulary and accurate syntax.  Sentence frames can be provided that give students a starting point and the confidence they need to share with the whole class.  It also exposes them to newer, varied, more structured ways of expressing themselves.  This is the language goal that should be included in the introduction and reflection of every lesson; it's how students will demonstrate that they understand (I like to introduce it as "I will show what I learned by saying... or writing...")

2. TESOL Virtual Seminar Developing Effective Family Literacy Programs that Serve the Needs of ELLs of All Ages,” with Catherine Porter and Laura Bercovitz.

3. "Lost in Time and Words, a Child Begins Anew" from the New York Times June 15, 2011
After a childhood illness and a prolonged hospital stay, a writer’s first language — Spanish — suddenly seemed like a foreign tongue.  This article illustrates how an English learner can feel like an outsider in his or her own home if/when language dominance switches from the heritage language to one that parents cannot speak.

4. The Teaching Channel
A resource for professional development through teacher-uploaded youtube videos.

5. On Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz
TED Talks Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

6. The SIOP Model 
Videos from Pearson explaining each element of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. 

7. New York English as a Second Language Standards: Pre-K-K-1

• Learning Standards and Performance Indicators
• Sample Classroom Tasks
• Learning Experience

8. New York State Testing Program NYSESLAT
School Administrator's Manual

9. Determining ELL Performance Level

10. An overview of Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen

  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1. Understanding the Nature of Poverty

  • Chapter 2. How Poverty Affects Behavior and Academic Performance

  • Chapter 3. Embracing the Mind-Set of Change

  • Chapter 4. Schoolwide Success Factors

  • Chapter 5. Classroom-Level Success Factors

  • Chapter 6. Instructional Light and Magic

  • References

  • About the Author

  • Related ASCD Resources: Brain-Based Learning and Teaching Students from Poverty

  • A Study Guide for Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It

  • 11. Family Involvement Through a PBIS Framework by Susan Barrett
    Good suggestions for supporting low-income families to allow them to participate in more school activities and events.

    12.  Building Effective School-Family-Community Partnerships in a Large Urban School District by Mavis G. Sanders, Johns Hopkins University, May 1997.  Written with the support of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR)

    13. Partners for Student Success
    Each entry in Education World's "Partners for Student Success" series focuses on a school or district that has taken a unique approach to bringing together the school, its parents, and the community to help ensure student achievement. Articles in this series are based on the work of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University

    14.  Charter School and ELLs: An Authorizer and School Leader Guide to Educating ELLs
    June, 2011