These resources will help you understand how implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will affect preK–12 ESL teachers and their students. New resources will be added as they become available.
The CCSS is an initiative in the United States launched by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to develop common content standards for states to use in elementary and secondary education. The CCSS mathematics and English language arts standards were publicly released in 2011, with full implementation expected by the 2014–15 academic year.
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- The ELT Files: Common Core Workshops for Content-Area Teachers
This series of on-demand professional development workshops was developed with the generous support of the Braitmayer Foundation. Each leveled workshop helps teachers understand and address the needs of beginning English learners in the CCSS context.
- TESOL Press Common Core State Standards Book Series
Books in this series, edited by Luciana C. de Oliveira, provide classroom teachers with practical ideas for engaging K–12 English learners and helping to succeed with the Common Core (CCSS). The five books cover the CCSS in English language arts; mathematics; and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Three have been published, and the other two will appear later in 2015.
- Virtual Seminar: Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals in the Era of New Standards (18 June 2014)
Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda K. Kibler, and Aída Walqui, authors of the March 2014 professional paper, use vignettes of existing and envisioned teaching, to discuss diverse conceptions of language, pedagogy, the learner, and the educator to help teachers reconsider theoretical stances and pedagogy in light of the new standards. It will help them make the deep changes in expertise--in both knowledge and action--necessary to address the needs of English learners under the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The webinar is free and will be available for download after the event.
Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards (March 2014)
Written by Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda Kibler, and Aída Walqui, this professional paper discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and their implications for building and enacting teacher expertise. It is written for K–12 ESL professionals, including teachers, teacher-leaders, school principals, district administrators, and other K–12 educators who work primarily or exclusively with English language learners. This paper builds on the work of the briefs from March and April 2013, available below.
Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of ESL Teachers (April 2013)
TESOL convened a meeting in February to discuss how implementing the CCSS will affect ESL teachers and their students. The meeting included 30 ESL teachers, administrators, policy makers, and thought leaders from Maryland and the District of Columbia. This document provides an overview of the meeting and a summary of the group's findings.
Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs (March 2013)
Confused about CCSS? This TESOL issue brief can help. It provides a brief history of the CCSS within the context of U.S. education reform.
TESOL Connections Special Issue on the CCSS (December 2012)
Written by experts, teachers, and TESOL staff, these articles will help you better understand the CCSS and how it will affect ESL teachers and their students.
For a longer list of resources, please see the special issue. To contribute to TESOL Connections, please contact the editor, Tomiko Breland.
A Glance at the CCSS: Two experienced educators discuss what U.S. teachers can look ahead to in the coming years regarding the Common Core State Standards for math and language arts.
CCSS: What's Happening for ELLs?: Since the inception of the CCSS, several major initiatives have begun to address the needs of ELLs as they relate to the CCSS and the role of English language proficiency.
Standards that Impact ELLs: Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner and John Segota discuss language proficiency and ELLs, and the relationship between different sets of standards and the CCSS.
Blending Common Core and TESOL Standards for ELLs: Read a snapshot of both the Common Core State Standards and the TESOL English Language Proficiency Standards, and learn about how the Common Core State Standards can be supported and guided by TESOL's standards for the academic success of your English language learners.
TESOL and the Next Generation Science Standards: The Next Generation Science Standards are being developed and will soon be piloted in 26 states. The Standards add a dimension of learning for all children that provide a context for understanding science and language. Learn about the Standards and how they connect to English language teaching.
Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas
This initiative, from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, "aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards" and to "improve education for all students—especially English Language Learners. To that end, we are synthesizing knowledge and developing resources that help ensure teachers can meet their students' evolving linguistic needs as the new Standards are implemented." Visit the website for the latest research, news, teaching resources, and policy statements.
- Colorin Colorado: Common Core Standards for English Language Learners
This webpage, which is supported in part by the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund, contains a wealth of resources about the Common Core, some of them in Spanish. Be sure to read Diane Staehr Fenner's Common Core and ELLs Blog.