Understanding Language MOOCs Featured in Stanford Graduate School of Education Article

Thursday, January 29, 2015

We are thrilled to share a recently-published article on the Stanford Graduate School of Education website about the MOOCs developed by the Understanding Language Initiative as professional development for teachers in helping their students master the complex language and reasoning skills required by the new standards. We invite you to view the article here

The article, "Stanford MOOCs support English learners and their teachers," highlights two recent MOOCs that took place in the fall of 2014. Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards was developed and offered in partnership with Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Education. This course focused on the key, cross-disciplinary practice of argumentation, which is a high-leverage practice demanded by the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and new English Language Proficiency Standards.

The article also features Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness. This has been our longest-running course, focused on helping teacheres improve the quality of student-to-student discourse as a major feature of instruction.

Below are our current and future MOOC offerings for this winter and spring. For a comprehensive list of our MOOC curriculum, please visit the MOOC page on our website. 

Current MOOC Offerings

Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject (January 14 - June 8, 2015) REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.

This course, offered in collaboration with UC Davis, facilitates the practical exploration and expertise-building of seven essential ALD (academic language development) practices that have been identified as being powerful for developing school language and literacy across grade levels and content areas and for supporting the implementation of new standards. The course focuses on three “high-impact” practices (Using complex texts, Fortifying complex output (written and oral), Fostering academic interactions), which are supported by four essential practices (Clarifying, Modeling, Guiding, and Designing instruction). This course looks closely at the development of “language for content and content for language.” It organizes a massive collaboration of educators who wish to support students, particularly English Language Learners, in developing their abilities to use complex language. 

Upcoming MOOC Offerings

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness (February 18 - May 19, 2015) REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW.

This course is a modified version of the Constructive Classroom Conversations MOOCs offered semi-annually since the fall of 2013. In this fourteen-week course, educators work individually and within teams to collect samples of student conversations, analyze language samples using the Conversation Analysis Tool (CAT), and plan instruction to foster students’ conversation skills. Participants join an expansive online community to discuss, implement, and reflect on constructive student-to-student conversations as powerful ways to develop language, thinking, and understanding.