Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas
Steven Weiss, Director of Leadership Initiatives at Understanding Language, will be co-presenting a workshop at the annual California Association of Bilingual Education on Thursday, March 29th. Entitled Unlocking Learning 2: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equiity, Weiss will present with Rachel Ruffafo, Senior Practice Associate, The Education Trust-West, and Silvia Rivas, Director of Instructional Support at Rowland USD.
Starting March 20, Drs. Sara Rutherford-Quach, Jeff Zwiers and Erika Moore Johnson at Stanford Graduate School of Education will offer Supporting Student Argumentation in English Language Arts and Social Studies, an online professional development course that focuses on student argumentation. The purpose of this course is to help teachers prepare students, and particularly language learners, to clearly communicate well-structured oral and written arguments about content-area concepts and topics.
Understanding Language is asking for your help in identifying the tools and supports that we might develop for teacher educators who work with pre-service candidates whose students are bilingual and learning English. If you are an instructor whose courses address issues of language learners or students’ academic use of language, we would greatly appreciate you filling out this brief survey. Please also share this post with your colleagues and friends in these types of positions!
Members of the Understanding Language team stand in solidarity with the Dreamers and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We condemn the executive branch’s recent decision to rescind the DACA program and hope that congressional leadership will recognize the presence, efforts, and talents of these young people in our country.