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Achieve Transformative Results by Teaching Academic Language
June 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm| Free
Presented by Ben Grimely, CEO and Co-founder, Speak Agent; Victoria Arrowsmith, Physical Science Teacher, South High Magnet School, Omaha, NB; and Wendy Xiao, Senior Program Manager, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
Hosted by Barbara Pape, Communications Director, Learner Variability Project
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Research has shown that academic language is the most significant barrier to success for English language learners (ELLs), low-income students, minority students, and other diverse learners. Many educators have seen firsthand how this barrier widens the achievement gap. Yet current classroom practices and resources tend to treat “academic language” as merely a series of glossary entries, definitions, and grammar rules to be memorized. Academic language, however, goes far broader and deeper than that. It’s the language of content! This edWebinar examines practices, strategies, and tools for teaching that specialized language, unlocking the full potential of your students.
Academic language is no one’s home language. That makes us all academic language learners. So, how can learners be encouraged to discover meaning and to master academic concepts using a language-based approach? How does one actually implement content and language integration in a real-world classroom? This edWebinar explores a new cross-disciplinary approach developed by Speak Agent, with support from the Learner Variability Project. Attendees will:
- Build an understanding of the research basis behind the new teaching approach and evidence of its efficacy in transforming learning
- Learn how education technology can help you scale and replicate success schoolwide and districtwide—without having to change your existing curriculum
- Identify instructional strategies, curated by the Learner Variability Project, that you can apply immediately in the classroom—whether or not you choose to augment them with technology
- Gain insights into how to address common implementation challenges
- Gain knowledge of key trends and practices in English language development and the language of STEM
This presentation will be of particular interest to elementary and middle-grade educators in dual-language, ESL, math, reading, and science programs, as well as to school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.