At this year’s IRA Annual Conference, Freddy is the acting chair on the symposium for English Language Learners in Common Core Classrooms. This symposium aims to share current research on the subject of English language learners. TextProject is excited to not only share Freddy’s presentation slides, but slides from some of her fellow colleagues who present along side her this year.
Claire White, Harvard University, discusses how to engage English learners and low-income students in current ethical issues. White emphasizes discussion-based activities to build academic vocabulary and other critical skills needed to be successful, civically engaged individuals.
Patrick Proctor, Boston College, Rebecca Silverman, University of Maryland, and Marcela Ossa Parra & Lauren Huff, Boston College, detail their research on the proficiency in the English Oral Language among different populations of English Learners.
Amy Crosson, University of Pittsburgh, explores the need for students to develop a deep and flexible knowledge of academic vocabulary. Crosson outlines her research on RAVE (Robust Academic Vocabulary Encounters) and how RAVE can be used to support English Learners.
Marco Bravo, Santa Clara University, and Saúl Maldonado, University of California, Santa Cruz, present their research on models for doing literacy across the curriculum, with a special interest on the intersection of science and literacy. Their presentation details their study of the efficacy and effectiveness of their models with English Learners.
Alison Boardman, University of Colorado Boulder, and Deborah Blake, Denver Public Schools, explore supporting ELs in CCSS classrooms by using Collaborate Strategic Reading (CSR). In their presentation, Boardman and Blake briefly outline their research on the usefulness of CSR for ELs.
Freddy discusses the critical assumptions, implications, and alternatives relevant to the conversation on text complexity and English Learners.