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Scaffolding to Support English Language Development in Elementary Classrooms

03/28/2019 at 8:30AM - 3:00PM EST
Location: ACES, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517


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

Audience: K-5 elementary classroom teachers, instructional coaches, coordinators, TESOL/bilingual teachers, administrators. Participants are encouraged to come in teams (e.g., elementary classroom teacher, coach/department chair, ESL teacher, administrator).

Session Description: 
Participants will learn about the benefits of thoughtful, effective scaffolding strategies for English Learners (ELs), as well as discover eight specific, high-yielding scaffolding practices to support their students in processing new learning and achieving learning goals in elementary classrooms. By examining research-based scaffolding techniques for ELs, participants will understand how scaffolds enable all students to experience, rather than avoid, the complexity of texts required by the CT Core Standards.

Participants will learn how to scaffold literacy instruction and will be given opportunities to best determine what intentional decisions to make when planning instruction and designing lessons to help students to access complex text, accelerate language learning, and ensure ELs succeed in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes: 
Participants will receive clear guidance about an array of effective text-based scaffolds to support ELs encountering text; engage in learning activities that will highlight the eight research-based scaffolding strategies that are critical for ELs' comprehension of course content; be given opportunities to plan their next steps (and materials) in designing and implementing scaffolding strategies in their lessons to support ELs' processing of new text .

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.