Improved Knowledge and Skills

Developing Academic Language Cohorts

Problem Statement: Title III Directors identified a need to develop state capacity to support K-12 educators working with English language learner (ELL) students, since this is a growing segment of the student population which many K-12 educators are not trained to support. NE Title III Director also identified a need for a structure to access educators with ELL expertise to determine EL policy supports. North Dakota did not previously have a structure for this in place, and after conducting survey with stakeholder groups in Year 5 (see project title PD Needs for ELLs 2012-NCCC-I-0006), have decided to build a cohort in Year 6.
Purpose: 1. NCCC will  train a North Dakota cohort in the state's requested strategies to facilitate classroom discourse. 2. NCCC will co-present the Academic Language Professional Development Program modules at SEA and LEA conferences in all three states. 3. NCCC will co-develop monitoring systems for cohort use in all three states. 4. NCCC will partner with Title III Directors in all three states to provide virtual support to cohort members 5. NCCC will partner with Title III Directors and select cohort members in all three states to identify talking points for principals  to use with staff around EL strategies.
Priority Area: Improved Knowledge and Skills
Expected Outcomes:
1. ND participants have increased knowledge of discourse strategies
2. NE has a resource for family and community engagement
3. NE has a resource for math instructors to support EL instruction
4. Attendees have increased knowledge of academic language strategies
5. Co-presenters have increased capacity to present on academic language strategies
6. SEA and NCCC use a data-informed approach to monitor and support cohorts
7. Cohort members feel supported in presenting PD
8. Principals have a resource to support implementation of EL strategies with staff


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