Stanford Open Online Courses: Focus on Assessment of Student Learning and English Language Proficiency

May 20, 2016

Starting this Fall, 2016, Stanford University is pleased to offer a set of free online courses (MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses) to help your state and local educators  use innovative assessment practices – instructionally-focused formative assessment and curriculum-embedded performance assessments for deeper learning, with a focus on language that will support English Learners.  The new forms of innovative assessments are rich with language and often require different forms of argumentation and justification to support student understanding and engagement with content.  In these assessments that are embedded in instruction and the curriculum, the inclusion of academic language is integrated by design, connecting language to content and critical thinking.  Information on the MOOCs are detailed below. 

WordSift2 has arrived!

Apr 05, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of a newer, faster WordSift with expanded capabilities.  Since its launch in 2009, WordSift has increased to over 22,000 monthly users and has been featured in many publications for teachers, using the tool to visually dissect text and exploring word patterns with their students.  Please help spread the word!

Working Group on ELL Policy issues statement on ESSA

Jan 08, 2016

In its statement, the Working Group highlights key aspects of the law with respect to English Learners.  With the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the Working Group highlights the continuing evolution of this landmark federal legislation to more fully include En