Teaching ELLs: A Literacy Instruction Toolkit

Registration Closed.
Dates: Tuesdays, April 25 – May 30
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
Related Materials: Syllabus

Ths 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, we 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 English Language Learners 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:

  1. Identify cognitive strategies that can support the literacy development of English Language Learners
  2. Enact these cognitive strategies in their own classrooms in the context of an Inquiry Cycle
  3. Carry out an Inquiry Cycle by: identifying ELL target students and learning targets; identifying a relevant cognitive strategy; designing and implementing instruction; collecting and analyzing student work; designing a new intervention; and presenting the complete Inquiry Cycle among peers  

Course Expectations:

  • Attend six 2-hour face-to-face sessions
  • Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities
  • Provide and receive peer feedback with enthusiasm and an open mind
  • Carry out an Inquiry Cycle with one’s students
  • Present a complete Inquiry Cycle among with peers

This class will be taught by

Joanna Yip

Joanna Yip currently works as an educational consultant, with expertise in instruction for English Language Learners. She is the Labsite Manager and supports the Director of Professional Development at Bridges to Academic Success, a program for low literacy immigrant students with limited formal education, where she designs and facilitates professional development for teachers and administrators. She started working in NYC public schools in 2004, and has experience as an ELA teacher, college counselor, and instructional coach. She was a teacher at the School for Democracy and Leadership, and the International High School at Prospect Heights. She has taught as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, Long Island University, and Hunter College. She also works as a consultant for Strategic Inquiry, a school turnaround initiative. Joanna is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Academy and also has a doctorate in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she researched the educational histories of immigrant youth. She speaks Cantonese, and can get by with Mandarin and Taishanese.

Course Location

New Visions for Public Schools
205 E. 42nd Street, 4th FL
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.