Effective Expressions Webinar Series

EVENT DETAILS

  • February 27, 2015
  • WEBINAR

Effective Expressions Webinar Series

 

The CORE Districts includes eight California districts that signed on to the NCLB waiver. They are supporting their schools by organizing Communities of Practice (CoP) that are working to improve specific areas identified by data.

One of the CoP is focused on English Learners, as achievement data from this subgroup of students kept these schools from meeting achievement targets. Each school or district has formed a team to review data and determine a specific problem of practice that led to the underperformance of their English learner subgroup. REL West, in partnership with the CORE Districts, presented two webinars to support this work.

Effective Expressions-- Academic Discourse to Support English Learners: Engaging in, Talking about, and Writing with Complex Text

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The first webinar, held December 5, 2014, highlighted key ideas and themes of Effective Expressions as outlined in the California ELA and ELD Framework, which includes the purpose, routines, and procedures of a structured academic conversation and extended academic discourse for English learners in the classroom.

Specific outcomes of the webinar included that participants would:

  • Understand the context for the California ELA and ELD Framework.
  • Understand the purpose and identify the characteristics of academic conversations.
  • Acquire skills to establish the rules, routines, and procedures to support an academic conversation for whole, small, and partner groups.
  • Engage in facilitator-led activities that promote conversation and collaboration.

Effective Expressions-- Improving Instruction for English and Diverse Learners

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The second webinar, held February 27, 2015, was a deeper dive into the rules, routines, and procedures to support an academic conversation for whole, small, and partner groups with particular attention to the needs of long-term, standard, and diverse English learner students.

Specific outcomes of the webinar included that participants would:

  • Review the purpose and characteristics of academic conversations and the specific elements of the CA ELA and ELD Frameworks that describe academic discourse.
  • Acquire specific skills to establish the rules, routines, and procedures to support an academic conversation for whole, small, and partner groups.
  • Acquire specific grade-level strategies associated with implementation of academic discourse orally and in writing.

For more information, please contact Grace Calisi, gcalisi@wested.org.