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Rethinking Language Goals in Science with Three-Dimensional Learning

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Emily Miller and Rita MacDonald offer ideas for new ways to think about language in science instruction using a three-dimensional model of learning and numerous classroom examples.

Next Generation Science Standards: Offering Equitable Opportunities for ELLs to Engage in Science

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Emily Miller provides an overview of ways in which the NGSS provide ELLs with more equitable science learning opportunities, as well as considerations for implementing the NGSS with ELLs.

Opportunities and Challenges for ELLs in the Science Inquiry Classroom (Part 1)

In this excerpt from Chapter 4 of Becoming Scientists: Inquiry-Based Teaching in Diverse Classrooms, Grades 3-5, the authors describe some of the challenges that ELLs may face in an inquiry classroom and offer guidelines for identifying important academic language features, writing language and content objectives, and choosing appropriate strategies for students' proficiency levels.

Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

Key Shifts of the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use.

She also discusses the ways in which these shifts will impact ELL instruction.

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An Introduction to the Common Core State Standards

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Susan Lafond provides an introduction to the Common Core State Standards through a series of user-friendly FAQs.

Key Shifts of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use. She also discusses the ways in which these shifts will impact ELL instruction.

Ten Things Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards

In plain language, find out what the Common Core Standards are, how student progress will be measured, impact on English language learners, and how to stay informed.

Standards That Impact English Language Learners

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner and John Segota discuss the ways in which language proficiency and teaching standards can help shape the instruction of English language learners. They also discuss the relationship between these different sets of standards and their connection to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.