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Teaching ELLs: A Literacy Instruction Toolkit

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Dates: July 16, 2018 – July 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Visions’ Fee: $25*
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, 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.

Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the ability to enact a cognitive strategy to support the language and literacy development of English Language Learners.

Course Expectations:

  • Attend two 3-hour in-person sessions
  • Actively engage in classroom discussions and activities
  • Provide and receive peer feedback with enthusiasm and an open mind
  • Develop a lesson plan that integrates a literacy strategy and rehearse it during the course

This class will be taught by

Moira Wilkinson

Moira’s been teaching for 25 years and has spent the last 12 supporting k-12 teachers’ efforts to serve a wider range of students effectively and creatively. At New Visions, she coaches teacher teams to support the academic and socio-emotional needs of multilingual learners. Prior to New Visions, she worked as a Spanish and history teacher in Milwaukee public schools and as a teacher educator in the City College of New York Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. Most recently, she founded a consulting firm to support schools and school systems in improving educational equity and environmental sustainability in the United States and internationally. Moira holds a B.A. from Dominican University in political science, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Latin American studies, and a doctorate from Columbia University in international education development.


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.