These papers, presented at the Understanding Language Conference in January 2012, address language and literacy issues found in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. A summary of the conference is provided below.

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Language Demands and Opportunities in Relation to Next Generation Science Standards for ELLs

Authors: 
Helen Quinn, Okhee Lee and Guadalupe Valdés

This paper highlights challenges and opportunities as English Language Learners engage with the Next Generation Science Standards. These new standards represent a major shift in science instruction, toward an explicit focus on scientific sense-making, language use, and scientific practices.

Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language

Authors: 
Judit Moschkovich

This paper makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The recommendations can guide teachers, curriculum developers, and teacher educators as they develop their own ways of supporting mathematical reasoning and sense-making for ELLs.

Realizing Opportunities for ELLs in the Common Core English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Standards

Authors: 
George Bunch, Amanda Kibler and Susan Pimentel

This paper opens a larger—and longer—conversation about what must be done to realize opportunities presented by the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the literacy standards in other subject areas. It emphasizes the simultaneous challenges and opportunities for ELLs.