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Two R.I. Districts Create a Common ELL Curriculum


English-language learners frequently move back and forth between the Pawtucket and Central Falls school districts in Rhode Island. So it makes sense that teachers in both districts worked together to write a curriculum for English-language learners that is now being used in both school districts. Read the article I wrote about this cooperative effort, which was guided by Nancy Cloud, a teacher-educator at Rhode Island College, at www.edweek.org.


This is a wonderful story. I'm thrilled to read about collaboration and practices built on thoughtful outcomes. I read "Double the Work." It is a very useful document.

Congratulations to Rhode Island.

Curriculum is not a big thing in ESOL as much as knowing your students and catering to their needs. It would be based on the state's curriculum so that would remain the same. If two districts work together that's great, but if it for writing a curriculum without knowing your students, you will have kids who are successful and those who are "not up to standards". It's a fine line but one that is quite important.

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