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Designing Accessible Learning Experiences for English Learners in Secondary Classrooms

02/28/2019 at 8:30AM - 3:00PM EST
Location: CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106


This professional learning opportunity is funded through Title III statewide activities funds. 

Audience: 6-12 secondary classroom teachers, instructional coaches, coordinators, TESOL/bilingual teachers, administrators.  Participants are encouraged to come in teams (e.g., secondary classroom teacher, coach/department chair, ESL teacher, administrator). 

Session Description: 
Participants will learn about the impacts of second language acquisition on student performance and instructional strategies aligned to the principles of effective pedagogy for English learners (ELs) to better meet the needs of all learners in secondary classrooms.

By examining research-based practices for ELs and the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), participants will understand how effective instruction for ELs is shaped by the students’ strengths and abilities, not deficits, and how to engage learners and provide pathways to accessing the course content.

This session will focus on critical points of access for ELs in planning, instruction, and assessment, such as goal setting and language objectives, accessing texts and course content using technology tools, and constructing oral and written explanations or arguments while focusing on meeting the course expectations.

Learning Outcomes: 
Participants will engage in interactive learning experiences that highlight the points of access for ELs to secondary course content. Featured strategies will illustrate various supports at critical phases in student learning to support all learners. This session will emphasize effective pedagogical approaches for ELs and principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

This series is focused on enhancing academic outcomes for English learners (ELs) by increasing the capacity of school and district professionals to effectively meet the needs of ELs through research-based and effective practices and strategies and adherence to federal and state policies.