University Accredited Online Professional Development for Teachers

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These new standards have been adopted by ten states, therefore, this course doesn’t apply to everyone nationwide. Below is the Course Description and the Syllabus for this course. In order to enroll, please follow the directions also listed below.

Course description

This course will give you practical understanding of the ELPA21 English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). You will learn how to use the ELPS to design lessons for English language learners (ELLs) in mainstream content classrooms and other settings with connections to state content standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards (CCSS)). We will explore the background of the ELPS, their structure, and how to “unpack” and use them to make mainstream content lessons comprehensible to ELLs. We will show how the ELPS can be a useful tool for helping students with the “how” of a lesson, while the content standard remains the “what” of the lesson. Most importantly, we will support your efforts to contextualize the practical implementation of these standards at your grade level and with your students.

Our profession requires that we strive to meet the ever-increasing challenges posed by a rapidly-changing world and increasingly diverse classrooms. Ours is one of the most difficult professions because each of our students is unique and each of their talents, challenges and barriers to learning must be understood and addressed. It is, however, what makes our profession challenging every day and every year. However, it is also what makes our profession so rewarding—every student is different, every one of them is an opportunity and the more we know and practice, the better we become. A lot is asked of us. What we do is hard and what we are asked to do sometimes seems impossible. This course will try its very best to provide you with an understanding of the new ELP standards, how best to understand and use them, how they integrate with the CCSS and how you can begin immediately to implement what you learn here into designing better lesson plans for your ELL students that will result in better outcomes.

Course Objectives: Participants will

This course provides a practical understanding of the ELPA21 English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). Participants will learn how to use the ELPS to design lessons for English language learners (ELLs) in mainstream content classrooms and other settings with connections to state content standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards (CCSS)). Most importantly, we will support educators’ efforts to contextualize the practical implementation of these standards at your grade level and with your students. There are two different set of standards, the ELPS and the CCSS (Common Core Standards) and a new assessment, the ELPA21, all of which must work together seamlessly and effectively. In order to do this, the elements comprising each must be understandable and usable, and it must be shown how they all work together and work together well if used and understood correctly.

Student Expectations:

This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, the development of written lessons using differentiated strategies, classroom implementation of these strategies, and analysis of both the lesson and the students’ response to the lesson. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.

Instructor Description:

This course was created by David Irwin and CE Credits Online. David is the founder and owner of Language Development Opportunities. He began his career as a bilingual teacher in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has taught elementary, middle and high school ELL and mainstream students. He has been an ESL and Literacy Specialist, federal grant manager, regular and adjunct faculty at Heritage, City and Washington State Universities, and a trainer for Migrant Education. He has worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in the Student and School Success and Migrant/Bilingual offices to improve achievement of ELLs in that state, and now is part of the Learning Forward WA-TPL project improving professional learning in targeted districts in Washington. He is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in English as a New Language with an MAT in Language Arts from Lewis & Clark College. He is a former member of the National Faculty for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) and the Past-President and current Secretary of the Washington Association for Bilingual Education (WABE). He has given hundreds of presentations and classes on ELL instruction and program design in Washington and beyond.

Methods of Instruction:

Online: Text, video, reflective journals, graded written and moderated assignments throughout the course, quizzes, worksheets, links to additional resource material and final exam.

Credit:

Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Methods of Instruction:

Online: Text, video, reflective journals, graded written and moderated assignments throughout the course, quizzes, worksheets, links to additional resource material and final exam.

Class Outline:

  • Welcome
  • Chapter 1 Background to the English Language Proficiency Standards and Guiding Principles
    • Objectives:
    • 1.a Find Your State’s Version of the ELPS Resources Online
    • 1.b What are the ELPS and the CCCSS and Why Do We Need Them?
    • 1.c The AMAO
    • 1.d Guided Exploration of Online Resources Related to the ELPS
    • 1.e Student Learning Plans and Proxy Students
    • 1.f What are the Guiding Principles of the ELPS?
  • Chapter 2 Design Features
    • Objectives:
    • 2.a Tour of Specific Components of the ELPS
    • 2.b What are the Demands of the ELPS on students?
    • 2.c Exploring Horizontal Progressions
    • 2.d Exploring Vertical Progressions
  • Chapter 3 Form and Function, Modalities and Domains
    • Objectives:
    • 3.a What is Language Function?
    • 3.b What is Language Form?
    • 3.c What is a Domain?
    • 3.d What is a Modality?
    • 3.e Exploring the Instructional Application of Modalities and Domains
  • Chapter 4 ELPS Practices and Convergences
    • Objectives:
    • 4.a Matching ELPS to College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards, the CCSS and NGSS: Relationships and Convergences
    • 4.b Exploring the K-12 Practices Matrix
    • 4.c How the ELPS Connect to the ELA Standards: the ELA Standards Matrix
    • 4.d How the ELPS Connect to the Literacy in Content Areas Standards
    • 4.e ELP Standards Correspondences to CCSS
  • Chapter 5 Contextualizing the Standards: Using the ELPS in Language Objectives
    • Objectives:
    • 5.a Concepts of Effective Planning
    • 5.b Artifacts of Effecting Planning
    • 5.c Writing Content and Language Objectives Aligned with ELPS
    • 5.d Scaffolding for Lower Levels of English Learners
    • 5.e Exploring Implementation Roles
  • Chapter 6 Myths Associated with Designing Learning Conditions for ELLs
    • Objectives:
    • 6.a Misconceptions about Legal Parameters
    • 6.b Myths About Implementation Roles
    • 6.c Myths About English Language
    • 6.d Myths About Language Acquisition
    • 6.e Myths About Content Mastery
    • 6.f Myths About Effective Lesson Design
    • 6.g Myths About Designing Learning Conditions for ELLs
    • 6.h Myths About the English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam

Finding the course

Directions

  1. Follow this link to our homepage – www.cecreditsonline.org
  2. Enter your state and district, then click the “Go >>” button.
  3. 3. On the left side, in the “Libraries” column, click the “English Language Learners” library, where you will find this course Contextualizing the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS): Grades K-12.

Remember to use the promo code Standards16 at checkout to get your discount.

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