Accelerating the Common Core Promoting Educator Networks: Standards-Based Instruction for Secondary English Learners (PEN)

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Funded by the Gates Foundation under its Accelerating the Common Core initiative, CAL is partnering with the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, for this two-year project which will provide support for secondary teachers working to implement the Common Core with English learners. The project’s core goal involves improving teachers’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English learner (EL) students. A key focus of the project involves using the online platform ObaVerse to convene a nationwide network of teachers within the project website, Education Connections.

The Education Connections website is designed to serve as a portal for educators working with English learners, providing a wide range of resources and building connections among educators to share best practices. Member teachers have access to a comprehensive resource repository, including articles, blog posts, videos, and other materials on the topics of best practices for English learner instruction and CCSS implementation.

Education Connections also hosts regular webinars in which leading experts in the field expand on areas that specifically target supporting teachers’ growing understanding and knowledge of the CCSS for ELs. Teachers also have opportunities to interact with peers through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) designed to leverage shared expertise around the goal of implementing the CCSS for ELs.

Education Connections helps teachers build practical skills for improved CCSS implementation through a variety of lesson planning tools, including a Lesson Plan Template, Lesson Plan Rubric, and Lesson Plan samples.

To encourage greater involvement by teacher members,Education Connections hosts a monthly Lesson Plan competition for participating teachers with a prize awarded of $100.

Visit the Education Connections website to join and learn more.