C-TELL Connecting Teachers of English Language Learners
Funding through OELA Through a grant from the Federal Office of English Language Acquisition and in partnership with your school district, Edgewood College is excited to offer this professional development opportunity!
Background of the Project Given: a grant priority to focus on professional development for secondary teachers working with bilingual learners Given: a collaboration between eight very different school districts, Edgewood College, and DPI Given: an end goal of improving instruction for bilingual students in order to increase academic success
We knew we needed to provide professional development that was long-term and in depth was on-site and directly connected to practice allowed for teacher collaboration and choice that involved administrator learning and support That built school capacity that connected specifically with secondary content areas
The Edgewood Fit
Primary Goals of the Project Improve content teachers understanding and skills related to content-specific scaffolding to support bilingual learners in mainstream secondary classrooms Join ESL teachers and content teachers to create ongoing collaborative and reflective communities of practice
How do we achieve those goals? Bring your curriculum and apply everything you learn to your own lessons; Collaborate with others who teach in your content area (incl. ESL teachers); Develop online e-portfolios to display your work and collaborate with others online through curriculum sharing, reflections on the realities of implementing new strategies and thinking through language and culture lenses
Secondary Goals Increase teacher capacity for curriculum sharing and collaborative curriculum development through online technologies Increase teacher knowledge of the role of ESL/bilingual education within the wider socio-cultural and socio- economic contexts of educational equity and schooling in a democratic society
Participating teachers join cohorts in their school and other schools to: Participate in a summer institute (5 days) Complete collaborative online modules and e-portfolios for curriculum sharing and collaboration Share and learn with other school cohorts during school year release days guided by online curriculum modules Receive tuition support for graduate credit (6 credits upon completion)
What the program offers Professional development in socio-cultural theory, socio-linguistics, and culturally relevant curriculum for ELLs within specific content areas. Professional development in effective instructional practices for ELLs applied to specific core content areas. Six graduate credits, with full tuition support, upon completion of the project.
The program also offers Project coursework aligned with PDP and professional portfolio requirements. Tuition support for participants who choose to continue coursework to receive their ESL or bilingual license. Teachers who receive their ESL or bilingual license may continue coursework toward completion of a Masters Degree. Access to professional resources to support site team collaboration.
Required commitment from teachers: Participation in five days of instruction at the Summer Institute Participation in six day-long site team meetings at teachers school site during the school year with release time and sub paid for by the grant. Attendance at three full Saturday face-to-face course meetings during the Spring Semester of the school year.
Comments from Summer Institute participants: The summer institute was one of the best classes I have taken. I love the socio-linguistic focus, the higher level discussions, the respect shown by the professors to the students and the general appreciation for how difficult the work can be in the schools today.
Comments from Summer Institute participants: It would be so valuable for every teacher in our schools to have the information from this course! The opening activity, the presentations, and the discussions were all incredibly helpful. The real classroom application ideas were key.
Comments from Summer Institute participants: It was wonderful and informative. For me, one of the main highlights was developing an understanding of the language levels and strategies for working with all levels in the classroom.
2010-2011 Cohort Open to all schools and teachers within core content areas Six on-site release days to complete coursework during the school year (with district permission) CTELL participants complete Ed 604B, C, D or E and 605B (6 credits total)
Application process CTELL application and letter of interest turned in to Rebecca Zambrano or Erin Teksten (contact info below). All CTELL participants must also apply to the graduate school. Those seeking professional development must complete only the non-degree seeking requirements.
Application process Pick up an application and flier today! Visit our website for more information: http://education.edgewood.edu/ESL/CTELL.htm
Contact information Rebecca Zambrano email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org C-TELL Project Coordinator Edgewood College 1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, WI 53711 608.663.3259 Erin Teksten email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org C-TELL Project Assistant Edgewood College 1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, WI 53711 608.663.2249