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Instructional Routines and Strategies for ELLs

Registration Closed.
Dates: Monday, August 7 – Thursday, August 10
Time: In-person from 9 :00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $100* 
Related Materials: Syllabus

This course provides middle and high school teachers with practical knowledge and skills to serve the fastest growing subgroup of students in the United States: English Language Learners (ELLs). Through experiential learning, participants will learn a number of cognitive strategies to support language and literacy development. Participants apply what they are learning in their own classrooms by identifying learning targets related to literacy that can be addressed by cognitive strategies. They will then implement instruction to address these learning targets. Teachers will collect student work that provides evidence of student progress in relation to the identified learning targets, analyze this evidence and design a new intervention based on their analysis of student work. The entire cycle of inquiry will be presented to classmates at the end of the course.

While focusing primarily on practical approaches to teaching literacy, participants will also examine social and cultural forces that influence the acquisition of second-language literacy for students in grades 6-12. The course will be taught primarily with ELLs in mind, but the strategies explored in this mini-course can be used effectively with all students.

As a result of taking this course, teachers will know and be able to do the following:

  • Identify cognitive strategies, instructional approaches and group learning routines that can support the literacy development of ELLs.
  • Adapt lessons to support students’ comprehension and interpretation of text.

Course Expectations:

  • Attend four 6-hour in-person sessions.
  • Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities.
  • Provide and receive peer feedback with enthusiasm and an open mind.
  • Create a final lesson plan assignment that incorporates at least one routine and literacy strategy for English Language Learners.

This class will be taught by

Megan Purvis

Megan is New Visions’ instructional specialist for English Language Learners (ELLs). She is responsible for collaborating with teacher teams and New Visions staff to ensure that ELLs are provided differentiated instructional support. She previously worked as the induction coordinator for the Teaching Residents program at Teachers College where she developed and provided support for graduates of the program. She has studied abroad in Costa Rica and Brazil and is proficient in both Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.S. Ed. in TESOL from Long Island University.


Course Location

Fedcap Career Design School
210 East 43rd Street, First Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10017

Course Fees & Registration Policies

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.