Facilitating Professional Learning Communities to Support English Learners: Event Archive

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Authors: Joseph Dimino, Joan Morris

Price: Available free online
• Published: 2015   

Available online: electronic file

Hosted by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest on July 16, 2015, this 1-day workshop provided attendees with an overview of facilitating professional learning communities in the use of evidence-based practices to support English learners. Event materials include the agenda, presentation, handouts, and Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse.

PLCs are a form of professional development in which small teams of educators meet to expand their knowledge and improve their craft. The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator’s Guide employs a five-step cycle that encourages PLCs to debrief, define, explore, experiment, and reflect and plan. This cycle is supplemented with activities, handouts, readings, and a series of 23 videos. The workshop introduces the facilitator's guide and some of the best practices in the English learner practice guide through analysis of teaching vignettes and other activities.

Key topics

  • How to facilitate a professional learning community in applying the recommended practices in the English learner practice guide
  • Level of evidence supporting the recommended practices in the English learner practice guide
  • Current evidence base supporting interventions for struggling readers who are English learners and the implications for one's own context
  • Instructional tools and techniques to help English learners meaningfully access grade-level content