Extend

The principles, practices, and tools provided in this unit are meant to stimulate your interest and spur further exploration. As you deepen your understandings, there are many more resources available to support you. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Reparable Harm: Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity for California’s Long Term English Learners

    Despite many years in our schools, many English learners in middle and high school are still not English proficient and experience challenges with academic content instruction. Read this report to learn about principles and promising approaches for school districts to meet the needs of English Learners more effectively.

    Reparable Harm: Fulfilling the Unkept Promise of Educational Opportunity for California’s Long Term English Learners
     
  2. Exploring Language and Meaning in Complex Texts

    Read this article by national expert Mary Schleppegrell to learn how teachers can work with students to explore complex texts to understand the meanings the texts present while at the same time learning more about language itself. Schleppegrell shares strategies for helping students see grammar as a meaning-making resource and not just as a set of rules for being “correct” in language use.

    Language in academic subject areas and classroom instruction: what is academic language and how can we teach it?
     
  3. Sharing the Responsibility – “Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela”

    Watch this Ted Talk as Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, teaches us about the African term “Ubuntu” (defined as "I am, because of you”) as he shares stories of animals, humans, and the importance of a collective spirit and shared responsibility.  Varty dedicates the talk to President Nelson Mandela, and encourages us to walk the road that Mandela paved.


Download Transcript