As school districts and teachers around the country grapple with putting the new common standards in English/language arts and mathematics into classroom practice, many of them are looking for resources and strategies to use to support their students who are still learning English.
Today, Colorín Colorado, a bilingual website on English-language learners and dual-language learners, launched a new blog that will be devoted exclusively to the common core and what it means for ELLs, their teachers, and their families. The blog will be helmed by Diane Staehr Fenner, a former Fairfax County, Va., ESOL teacher who now runs her own consulting company and specializes in working with school districts, states, and other education-related organizations on issues related to English-learners.
Staehr Fenner's first post went live earlier today. In it, she writes that the blog will focus on a number of priorities, including: giving educators information that will be useful as they roll out the new standards; looking for ways to ensure that ELLs are well-served; highlighting best practices around the country, and sharing lesson plans and resources that educators can put to use.