Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, uses hand gestures when she introduces new vocabulary. This strategy supports all students, including English-language learners, who can use their hands when they have difficulty articulating their understanding.
Joshua Parker, an instructional coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C., explains how equity is an essential focus of his practice. He provides teachers with the support and tools to reach all students and to recognize that learning needs are diverse.
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, uses collaborative learning to engage students in academic discussions about American history. Her English-language learners and native English speakers refer to text resources and each other to differentiate facts and opinions about American symbols.
Joshua Parker, an instructional coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, shares how he supports and coaches Marquis Colquitt, a 9th grade English teacher. Parker and Colquitt meet before and after in-class observations to review and set new goals that promote independent learning and adapt to students' needs.
Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, uses her smartphone and other tech tools to collect and analyze formative assessment data. She records her students' conversations as they work in groups to evaluate their usage of academic language.
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, uses music to help students focus their attention as they line up. She uses Jeopardy!'s theme song to make the routine like a quick and timed game.
Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, prepares English-language learners as they investigate living organisms by having them practice using academic language with their peers. Students work individually and then in pairs to make shared claims about variations found in their research on the plants and animals.
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, pairs English-language learners with native English speakers so that they can work together to develop their use of academic language. She uses the pair-and-share exercise to manage transitions between activities.
Viet-ly Nguyen, a 6th grade English teacher at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, Calif., uses academic discussions to allow students to share and compare their interpretations on social justice issues within a complex text. Engaging in academic discourse prepares students to begin writing well-developed responses.
Antoinette Pippin, a 5th grade teacher at the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Junior Science Center School in Los Angeles, utilizes artwork to teach students about sustainable ecosystems. Students compare and contrast scientific and artistic characteristics to make claims about the health of an ecosystem and to explore the balance found in nature and art.