Looking Back as We Move Forward: New Website for the Classics on ELL

Monday, May 19, 2014

In releasing these classic resources for ELLs, I remember a comment that Jon Yost made to Matt Navo a few years ago while we were backpacking in Yosemite National Park (both are friends who are leaders at Sanger Unified School District in California).  This was Matt’s first experience in the back country, and as we came to a beautiful vista, Jon (an avid backpacker) shared a comment about how, every once in a while, we should remember to turn around to appreciate the view behind us even as we enjoy what’s up ahead.  In the world of ELL education, we are at an analogous moment as we look forward to facing the adventures that the Common Core brings upon us. 

It is with this sentiment that we post resources that give us the state of the art “back then” before the Common Core.  At http://clad.stanford.edu you will find all of the teaching resources that we used for the now-retired Stanford Online CLAD program, which operated from 2003 to 2012 and certified over 2,500 California teachers to work with ELL students.  We are releasing all of the content (videos, assignments, links to readings and resources, and instructor guides used by our course facilitators) that address 14 key topics in addressing the needs of ELLs.

While these materials predate the Common Core, they form the foundation of teacher preparation for ELLs and serve as a reference point from which we can appreciate the times ahead.  We hope that teacher educators and professional development providers find these resources of continuing value.  We have worked hard to make them as attractive and user-friendly as possible.  Please share them with your fellow educators!

As we move forward, we are now busy with a new phase of our work offering free online courses (MOOCs) that address the language demands of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  Please follow our work through the Understanding Language website http://ell.stanford.edu