Are your English language learners meeting state standards and passing required tests? IDRA’s new research-based sheltered instruction model can assist you in improving the academic success of your English language learners.
The model focuses on student engagement. Engagement in the learning process is essential for academic success. Because of English language learners’ different English proficiency levels, teachers often struggle to find ways to have them actively participate in their learning. IDRA helps teachers learn, reflect on use, and adapt instructional strategies so that English language learners are engaged in the instructional process.
This dynamic professional development series focuses on extending the teacher’s knowledge of ESL strategies and sheltered instruction to ensure that the English language learner is engaged in learning the academic content. Technology to engage students is an interwoven feature of the training.
Topics that are addressed during the series include:
- Understanding Student English Language Proficiency Levels
Understanding the Language Demands of the Content Areas, Texts and Tests
Choosing Strategies that Address Student Language Levels
Developing Student Academic Language in Content Areas
Planning, Teaching and Observing for Maximum Cognitive Engagement of English Language Learners
Technology as a Tool for Student Engagement
To make success for all students a reality, IDRA presents comprehensive, in-depth learning opportunities for parents, teachers, administrators and community-based organizations that value and build upon the strength and knowledge that each partner brings, while developing new and effective strategies for engagement that focus on student success. When applied effectively, these positive practices can create a strong web of support to help prepare students for successful transitions throughout education, from preschool to college enrollment, and into the world of work and civic engagement.
- Teachers who feel empowered to make a difference for English language learners,
- Teachers who can build trusting relationships with English language learners,
- Teachers who maximize learning time for all students in the classroom,
- Teachers who can present content in a comprehensible way to all students, and
- Teachers who can spontaneously reflect and act.
- Strengthening the understanding that all students bring strengths and assets to the learning process,
- Creating a culture of meaningful engagement for student success,
- Applying principles of language learning to instructional strategies,
- Maximizing instructional strategies based on a student’s level of English language proficiency, and
- Fostering student, parent and teacher partnerships for academic success.
IDRA supports all phases of effective sheltered instruction, from planning through implementation with the goal of sustainability for student success through training of mentors and coaches. IDRA professional development support combines state-of-the art technology, hands-on and face-to-face training that helps teachers and districts apply research-based strategies. The training uses a variety of ways to work with school staff, including workshops, video conferences, classroom demonstrations, on-site observations and problem solving, online discussions, and reflections. Participants are supported with research-based information and best practice that work. CPE credit is available.
IDRA Will Address Your Specific Needs
Cross-cutting themes that are incorporated into each session include:
- Cooperative Learning for Student Engagement
- Building Academic Vocabulary
- Building Content Literacy
- Integrating Technology
- Creative Use of Graphic Organizers
- Promoting High-Order Thinking Skills
An example of a model plan that IDRA could use with your district is in the box below.