LA 3.2 Programs and Practices in My Local Setting

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Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Know, understand, and use the major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and acquisition of language andlinguistic systems to support English language leaners’ development of literacy.

Assessment: 25 pts.

TA: 30 Minutes

Teachers will become aware of the programs and practices currently serving students in their local settingsand use this information to advocate for their students.

Having a better understanding of the general programs and practices existing to serve ELLs, teachers will now strive to identify the specific programs and practices serving students in their local school settings.

Instructions

  1. Where possible, work in pairs or small groups of teachers from the same schools and/or districts.
  2. For 15 minutes, discuss the current programs and practices in your schools. Use the questions below to guide your discussion, and take notes as you discuss.
    1. What model(s) of instruction for English Language Learners exist in your local school setting?
    2. Who has made or currently makes the decisions on which programs are implemented?
    3. To the best of your understanding, what factors have contributed to the selection of programs in your local school setting?
    4. What outcomes have you observed with the students with whom you work as a result of their participation in these programs?
    5. In an ideal situation, what programs would you like to see implemented in your school and/or district setting? What factors might enable or inhibit the implementation of your ideal?
  3. With the support of the facilitator, organize class participants into mixed groups from differing school and/or district settings. Compare and contrast what is happening and what you would ideally like to see happen in your own setting.