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Implications and Applications of the Common Core Standards for Effectively Teaching K-6 ELLs: Focus on English and Mathematics


Anita Bright and Ayanna Cooper


Thursday, 9 May 2013
3:00-4:30 pm ET

Who Should Attend?

Teachers of grades K–6, school administrators, parents


Cost: Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers
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More About This Seminar

With the broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards across the United States, educators of English learners face unique challenges in providing appropriate instruction and accommodations for their students that is aligned to the standards.

This webinar provides an introductory overview of the key elements of the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics, and focuses on immediately applicable ways to learn more about the nuances of the CCSS and the impact the new standards could have on English learners.

Suggestions for successfully tailoring instruction in English and mathematics are explored, along with ideas for further cross-curricular connections. Ideas will be shared on how to communicate with content-area teachers on the implications of CCSS on English learners and how they can further support language development.  

What Will I Learn?

Participants will
  • explore implications of the CCSS on instruction of ELLs.
  • learn ways to tailor mathematics and ELA instruction for ELLs that are aligned to the CCSS.
  • develop deeper understandings of the ways CCSS assignments and assessments may affect instruction of ELLs. 

Discussion Questions

  • What can ESOL teachers expect when diving into the CCSS?
  • How can ESOL teachers prepare their students to meet the challenges of the CCSS standards?
  • What are some key ideas to consider when introducing CCSS standards to ELLs and content-area teachers?

About the Presenters

Anita Bright, Ph.D., a national board certified teacher in early adolescent mathematics, is an assistant professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon USA. With more than 20 years of experience as a K–12 public school teacher, her research interests focus on the intersections of culture, English language learning, and mathematics, with an emphasis on critical pedagogy and the ways power is distributed within education. Her recent work emphasizes the engagement of preservice educators in adopting a critical stance. 

Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D., is a former English as a second language teacher, ELL instructional coach, urban education teacher supervisor, and Title III director. Ayanna is an independent consultant who teaches TESOL courses and specializes in K–12 ELL program monitoring and designing and facilitating professional development.  She is currently serving a second term on the TESOL Professional Development Standing Committee and is the Black English Language Professionals and Friends (BELPaF) forum leader. Teacher efficacy, professional development, and enhancing instruction are her areas of professional interest.