This conference, held in San Antonio, TX, on July 22, 2014, examined evidence-based strategies and recommendations for improving English language academic instruction.

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Teachers, preservice teachers, academic coaches, principals, administrators, para-educators, professional development providers, researchers and university faculty

Jackie Burniske
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REL Southwest, SEDL
800-476-6861
relsouthwest@air.org

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Overview

This conference focused on the four recommendations in the new educator's practice guide Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse through the Institute of Education Sciences.

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School
  • Recommendation 1: Teach a set of academic vocabulary words intensively across several days using a variety of instructional activities
  • Recommendation 2: Integrate oral and written English language instruction into content-area teaching
  • Recommendation 3: Provide regular, structured opportunities to develop written language skills
  • Recommendation 4: Provide small-group instructional intervention to students struggling in areas of literacy and English language development

Each recommendation includes extensive examples of activities that can be used to support students as they build the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically. Explore tools, resources, and strategies that you can implement immediately.

Presenters

  • Diane August, PhD, Managing Researcher, Education Program, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Washington, DC
  • Philip Capin, District Literacy Liaison, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Susie Coultress, State Director, Bilingual/ESL/Title III/Migrant, Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX
  • Joseph Dimino, PhD, Practice Guide Research Staff, Deputy Executive Director, Instructional Research Group, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Russell Gersten, PhD, Practice Guide Research Staff, Executive Director, Instructional Research Group, Los Alamitos, CA
  • Gracie Guerrero, EdD, Assistant Superintendent, Multilingual Programs Department, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
  • Nonie K. Lesaux, PhD, Practice Guide Panel Member, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Joan Morris, Practice Guide Panel Member, Teacher Specialist, Retired, Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena, CA
  • Icela Pelayo, PhD, State Director, Bilingual Multicultural Education Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department, Santa Fe, NM
  • Louise Ramone, Navajo Language Teacher, Farmington Municipal Schools, Farmington, NM
  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Chief Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX
  • Sharon Vaughn, PhD, Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX