Practices That Improve the Education of English Learners (pdf) was held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s University Crossing on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Over 135 area public school teachers, public school administrators, higher-ed faculty, UMass Lowell graduate students and staff, attended the practice-focused keynote address and instructional strategies poster session addressing the needs of English language learners (ELLs). Dr. Susan O’Hara of the University of California Davis and Dr. Robert Pritchard of Sacramento State University shared their expert knowledge on how to expand classroom practices of mentors and teachers to meet the needs and improve the learning outcomes of ELLs. Dr. O’Hara shared her ALLIES Teaching Frames (Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject) with attendees. Dr. Pritchard engaged the audience, inspiring them to share best practices and ideas with each other.
Several of the eighteen posters exemplified instructional strategies to support ELLs in ESL and content-area classrooms, as well as illustrate innovative ways educators can connect with families and communities of ELLs. Other posters represented research-based practices that improve educational opportunities and outcomes for ELLs.
Click the individual links below to view the posters and related resources.
- English Conversation Groups at the Salem State Writing Center by Tristan Abbott, Assistant Professor, Writing Center Director, Salem State University
- Using Partner Reading to Enhance the Understanding of Novels for ELLs by Sheila Fabiano, ESL teacher; Marian Didio, ELA Teacher, High School Learning Center, Lawrence, Mass.
- "Chalk Talk" - An Effective Strategy to Break the Silence in Academic Classroom Discussions by Qing Zhao, Project Coordinator, ESL instructor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Examination of Compliment Speech Act Responses of Chinese University Students across Language Proficiency Levels by Catherine Vigue, Mass.T, MSM, Salem State University
- Pumping up Vocabulary for English Language Learners by Diane MacDonald, ESL/Reading Teacher, Guilmette Middle School, Lawrence, Mass.; Yahaira Diaz, ESL Teacher, Newcomers Program, Guilmette Middle School, Lawrence, Mass..
- So Whose History is it Anyway? Making History Accessible to ELLs by Pat Fontaine, Clinical Associate Professor, History Methods Instructor for Initial Licensure for Teaching History, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- The 7 Steps as a Whole School Initiative by Lisa Alonzo, ELL Coach, Donald P. Timony Grammar School, Methuen, Mass. Handout 1 Handout 2
- Using Text and Email Reminders to Communicate with Students and Families by Omar Longus, Grant Coordinator, Salem State University
- Home Language Maintenance Program by Claud'Jena Clotaire, ELL Teacher, Salem State University
Math and Science
- Modeled but not Taught - Implementing Mathematical Writing Skills by Timothy Palladino, Physics and Robotics Teacher Grade 9 - 12, Math, Science, and Technology High School, Lawrence, Mass.; Physical Instructor, University of New Hampshire
- Allowing Students to Show What They Know: Bridging Differences in Math by Donna Page, 6th Grade Inclusion Specialist, Garfield Middle School, Revere, Mass.
- ESL Writing Through Science by Tracey Correia, Kindergarten and First Grade ELL Teacher; Judith Templer, Second Grade ELL Teacher, Timony Grammar School (Push-in/Pull-out ESL Programs), Methuen, Mass.
Reading and Writing Strategies
- Reading Instruction That Works: Addressing the Needs of SLIFE by Nicoleta Filimon, ESL Teacher; Douglas Haubert, ESL Facilitator; Athalia Gonzalez, ESL Teacher; Sarah Montgomery, ESL Teacher, International High School Newly Arrived Program, Lawrence High School, Lawrence, Mass.
- Holding High Standards for Academic Writing in the English Classroom with English Language Learners by Michelle Gould, 10th Grade ELA Teacher; Scarlett Tannetta, 9th-10th Grade ELA Teacher, Health and Human Services High School, Lawrence, Mass. Handout for presentation
- ESL Strategies Across Multiple Proficiency Levels by Tracy Finn, High School ESL Teacher levels 3&4; Christi Cartwright Lacerda, High School ESL Teacher levels 1&2, Performing and Fine Arts High School, Lawrence, Mass.
- Developing an Interim Formative Assessment & Writing Rubric for ELLs in Grades 2-8 by Chad Leith, Assistant Professor, Salem State University; Tracey Kline SEL Teacher, Nathaniel Bowditch K-8 School, Salem, Mass.
- Connecting ELL Students to Complex Grade Level Texts through Interactive Annotations by Angela McVey, ELL Teacher, Nettle Middle School Haverhill, Mass. Handouts for presentation
Music Based Strategies
- Tree Map in Rondo Form by Karrie Chan-Lam, Music Teacher, Daley Middle School, Lowell Public Schools, Mass.