The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) require students to engage higher level thinking skills and language use to activate their understanding of content/text. They are designed to be academically rigorous for all students, and are especially so for students who are English language learners (ELL). In this guide, Dr. Estee Lopez provides evidence-based instructional approaches as well as best practices for helping ELLs meet the CCSS for ELA. The guide is structured around the six shifts embodied in the CCSS for English Language Arts: 1)Increasing reading of informational text/balancing informational and literary texts; 2)Knowledge in the disciplines; 3)Staircase of complexity; 4)Text-based answers; 5)Writing from sources; 6)Academic language. The guide explains each shift, its implications for ELLs, and what is required of teachers. For each shift, the author lists best practices, examples of scaffolding for ELLs, and things that teachers and administrators must to do create conditions that ensure that ELLs succeed.
|Publisher:||National Professional Resources, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Estee Lopez, EdD, is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in empowering educators of diverse learners to engage in developing higher cognitive, language and academic performance by reframing our beliefs and practices about how linguistically diverse students learn. She is a global trainer for Thinking School International, Designs for Thinking, National Urban Alliance, Lopez Consulting Group, and is currently an assistant professor at the Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle. She has served as an expert on English language learners (ELLs) on various committees with the New York State Education Department and most recently served on the steering committee to develop a document to help linguistically diverse learners access the Common Core Standards in the USA. Having served in public education for over 37 years in the capacity of teacher, staff developer, consultant, principal, and school district administrator for instructional programs, Estee has written for the Idiom, a publication of NYS TESOL. She is one of the authors featured in the upcoming book on Thinking Schools and is author of two laminated reference guides, “CCSS and ELLs: Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners,” and “ELLs: Thinking Skills and CCSS Focus on the Six Shifts,” published by National Professional Resources, Inc./Dude Publishing. Her research on the use of cognitive models for language and literacy development is a breakthrough on how to accelerate language and intelligence.