California has adopted a new set of English Language Development standards that are an advancement over the first generation of ELD standards. However, they arrive at an intense period of change for educators – along with new content standards (in ELA, Math, and Science), new assessments, new report cards, and more. How can we best assist educators in implementing these new standards?
Based on research and collaboration conducted at several California school districts, the Talking Teaching Network has developed resourcesdesigned to help educators more easily and effectively study, learn, and use these new English Language Development standards – in conjunction with the other content standards they are already learning to use.
• We’ve worked with teams of teachers to develop a sequence of informative ELD Study Tasks that promote a better understanding of the parts, modes, processes and strands of the new ELD Standards.
• In addition, we’ve published grade-specific ELD/ELA Teacher’s Guides – based on feedback from teachers at our partner districts – to make comparing and understanding the new standards a simpler process.
• We’ve also prepared support materials in the form of an ELD PowerPoint presentation to accompany the Study Tasks, and a set of ELDFacilitator Notes for educators who may wish to lead groups in the study of the standards.
How Our Products Help
Based on our research and development, teachers taking the approximate 3-4 hours to study the ELD standards using our collaborative tasks and guides, benefitted from the particular sequence of study tasks, and found the Teacher’s Guide to be a simple, meaningful and productive resource for their instructional planning – including designated and integrated English Language Development instruction.