SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / April 2011 /


featured Opportunities
Study Volunteers
Schools and districts across the United States have an opportunity to participate in a study of widely used elementary reading and math programs. Researchers at SEDL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are undertaking a study that will determine the impact of Imagine It!, an Open Court Reading program, and Everyday Mathematics on teacher practices and student academic achievement. Learn how to nominate your school or district.Enroll your school or district in the study

Annual Report
Our 2010 annual report is here. Roadmaps to Results provides an overview of our national research projects, the ongoing work of our two comprehensive centers, and our fee-for-service work with districts and schools to improve teaching and learning.

SEDL in the News
An article on SEDL's work in South Carolina appeared in the March/April issue of Principal, published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The article, "Extreme Makeover: Reading Edition," was written by Rachel Ray, principal of Clinton Elementary School in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Join Our Team!
We're looking for researchers and interns to join our team.
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Supporting English Language Learners
Online Course Helps Educators Support English Language Learners
English language learners (ELLs) have the challenge of learning English and rigorous academic content simultaneously. The Texas Comprehensive Center has collaborated with Texas Education Agency, the National Content Center for Teacher Quality, and Learning Sciences International to develop an online module to help Texas educators support students learning English. The course, Overview of Providing Linguistic Accommodations to English Language Learners During Instruction, helps expand educators’ knowledge of ELL linguistic accommodations so they will be better prepared to help students attain high levels of English proficiency and academic success.

After completing this module, educators will be able to distinguish among the types of programs offered to serve ELLs in Texas, understand and describe the use of the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), explain what linguistic accommodations are and why they are needed during classroom instruction, and describe which parts of the ELPS address the need for linguistically accommodating instruction. The module is free for Texas educators.

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Tips and Tools
Free Resources
Helping English Language Learners With Mathematics
This interactive document was created during a professional development session, led by the Texas Comprehensive Center, for mathematics and ESL specialists from the education service centers in Texas. Resources include:
  • Levels of Student Language Proficiency
  • Key Components of Successful Strategies for ELLs in Secondary Math
  • References
Learn more.

  Using Title III Funds for ELLs
Title III Supplemental Funds: Creative Ways to Support the Education of English Language Learners in Texas Schools describes how two school districts in Texas supported the achievement of English language learners beyond classroom instruction through ancillary education enrichment opportunities with Title III funds. This briefing paper from the TXCC outlines use of Title III funds in three major categories:
  • Adult education
  • Enrichment and professional development for teachers
  • Direct support provided to ELLs

Learn more.

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