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This PPT provides an overview of ColorinColorado.org, a free website providing bilingual resources to parents and educators of ELLs. The website is funded by the American Federation of Teachers and ...

This PPT provides an overview of ColorinColorado.org, a free website providing bilingual resources to parents and educators of ELLs. The website is funded by the American Federation of Teachers and Department of Education.

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  • We realized this was a golden opportunity to forge a formal partnership. Given that one of the goals of the AFT is to enhance the professional skills of our members and improve the institutions in which they work, this was a chance to do just that.
  • These are not factors that will forever doom this population to failure, however. It will take a lot of work and wherewithal, but you are the experts and this is simply a bill of health to let you know what you’re up against.
  • We realized this was a golden opportunity to forge a formal partnership. Given that one of the goals of the AFT is to enhance the professional skills of our members and improve the institutions in which they work, this was a chance to do just that.
  • So is there a resource that helps you put everything together and help you? YES!! How else are we helping our members? We recently launched a web-based tool to help with instruction – the new educator’s area of the web site ColorinColorado.org – a web site developed by the AFT in partnership with the main PBS station in Washington, DC - WETA. By making high-quality material available online, for free, 24 hours a day, AFT and WETA can begin to address the pressing need for professional development in this field.
  • A downloadable version of a new AFT Toolkit for Teachers called “Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners.” The kit includes suggestions for how to conduct a workshop for Hispanic parents on what they can do at home to help their kids read and achieve. The toolkit includes handouts as well as a videotape – which is available on-line as downloadable video segments on the web site. For many people, it helps to see models of what you’d like them to do. The videotape contains short video clips in English and Spanish that show how parents can encourage reading at home.
  • While Colorin Colorado is aimed to PK-12 educators, the sections on literacy are specifically targeted to K-3 educators because we know how extremely important it is to address the reading needs of young students
  • But we need you to keep up our success and popularity and reaching the teachers, paraprofessionals, other school-related personnel and parents who need all this information.

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  • Helping English Language Learners Succeed! Outreach Resources for ELL Educators Presenters: Lydia Breiseth, WETA [email_address] Ginny Thomas Dallas, TX
  • The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.4 million members. WETA is a community-based public broadcasting TV and radio station serving the Washington, DC area. ColorinColorado.org is a bilingual website offering free resources to educators and parents of English language learners (ELLs).
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  • What do you think the different shades represent?
  • Language Needs of School-Age Children Robert A. Kominski and Hyon B. Shin, U.S. Census Bureau; Karen Marotz, SUNY Albany Retrieved from U.S. Census Website. http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/paa2008/Language-Needs-of-School-Age-Children-PAA-2008.pdf
  • The Growing Need for Resources to Help ELL Students Over the past 15 years, ELL student enrollment has nearly doubled.
  • The Face of America
    • Nearly 80% of the five million ELLs enrolled in Schools are Spanish-speaking Latinos.
    • The U.S. Census Bureau projects by 2050:
      • the Hispanic school-age population will increase by 166%
      • the non-Hispanic school-age population will increase by 4%.*
    *Pew Hispanic Center, 2008.
  • Challenges Facing ELLs
    • Achievement Gap
    • Less Academically Challenging and College Preparatory Coursework
    • Lack of Access to Specialized and Content Instruction
    • Communication/Information Barrier for Families
    • Increased Family Responsibilities
  • Why is the AFT so concerned with this issue?
    • ELLs still tend to be concentrated in urban school districts such as:
    • Boston
    • Corpus Christi
    • Houston
    • Hartford
    • Los Angeles
    • New York City
    • Miami
    • San Antonio
            • And rapidly growing in smaller cities like:
            • Hammond, IN
            • Dalton, GA
            • Durham, NC
    • Photo credit: George Tuley, American Teacher, Oct/Nov 2009
  • Questions from Teachers
    • Does it help if my ELLs know how to read in Spanish?
    • I have a variety of levels in my ESL class. How do I differentiate instruction?
    • Do you have any strategies for
    • teaching ELLs word problems?
    • How can I communicate with
    • parents who do not speak English?
            • ColorinColorado.org was successful in
            • providing great information for parents,
            • but we knew something was missing…
            • Information for educators!
  • So, the Reading Rockets Project of PBS Station WETA and AFT decided to collaborate to create practical, online, research-based information for educators on how to teach English Language Learners to read, learn, and succeed in the classroom…
  • It was the start of a beautiful partnership!
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  • Why is it called Colorín Colorado ? Most Spanish-speakers recognize the playful phrase “colorín colorado” from the verse that many children and adults say after reading or sharing a story: “ ¡Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado! ” (This story has ended!) Those who grew up speaking Spanish often smile when they hear the name of our site, because the verse brings back happy memories of childhood for people of all ages.
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  • Educator Resources
    • Research-Based Articles
    • Tip Sheets
    • Research Reports
    • Multimedia Professional Development Tools
    • Recommended Websites
    • Bilingual Booklists
    • Monthly Newsletters
    • FAQs from Other Educators
    • Parent Outreach Materials
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  • English/Spanish Cognates
    • Cognates are words in two languages that have a similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation.
    • 30-40% of all words in English have a Spanish cognate.
    • Colorín Colorado provides a number of resources and activities to help you use cognates as a bridge for your ELLs, including a list of more than 300 English/Spanish cognates.
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  • Reading Highlights
    • Reading 101 for ELLs
    • Articles focused on Vocabulary, Fluency, etc.
    • Reading Instruction by Grade (PreK-12)
    • Teacher Tip Sheets for Grades 4-12
    • Webcasts such as: “Teaching ELLs to Read”
    • Latino/Multicultural Literacy Development
  • Research-based, ready-to-read articles about ELL reading instruction
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  • Content Resources
    • Math: Reading and Understanding Written Math Problems
    • Science: Using Science to Develop ELLs' Language Skills
    • Social Studies: Using Timelines to Enhance Comprehension
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  • Making research accessible: Our growing collection of research and reports brings you the latest news from the ELL field!
  • Reaching Out to Hispanic Students and Families
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  • New Booklist Themes
    • Snow, Snow, Snow!
    • Reading with Dads
    • Every Day Is Grandparents’ Day!
    • Migrant Stories
    • Beach Stories
    • Poems for Everyone
    • Latina Heroines
    • Fun at the Library
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  • Webcast Titles
    • Intro to Middle and High School ELLs
    • ELLs and Academic Language
    • ELLs and Learning Disabilities
    • Assessment of English Language Learners
    • Comprehension: Helping ELLs Grasp the Full Picture
    • English Language Learners in Middle and High School
    • Reading to Learn: ELLs in Grades 4-6
    • Teaching English Language
    • Learners to Read
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  • Watch video clips from Becoming Bilingual , hosted by Rita Moreno!
  • Other Resources for Educators on Colorín Colorado
    • ELL Starter Kit for Educators:
    • Tools for Monitoring Language Skills
    • (available for download)
    • Including:
    • Overall Language Performance
    • Oral Communication Skills
    • Reading Skills
    • Fluency Skills
    • Use of Comprehension Strategies
    • Other Helpful Resources:
    • Common Classroom Phrases
    • Cognates
    • Recommended Bilingual Books
    • Reading Tips for Parents (PK-3)
    • Parent Outreach Toolkit
    • Provides useful information about Latino cultures and values
    • Provides helpful suggestions for involving parents in the classroom
    • Includes actual parent workshops with video components in English and Spanish that focus on preK-3 literacy development. Bonus video clip focusing on pre-adolescent ELL literacy issues
    • Includes handouts - just copy and share!
    • All is available and downloadable online!
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  • FREE Monthly E-newsletter For Educators Featuring: News from the ELL Field ELL Strategies Books and Authors Recommended Resources New Research Reports
  • Resources for Paraprofessionals
    • Reading strategies
    • Content-area strategies
    • Tips for working with parents
    • ELL college resources
    • How Can Parents Use Colorín Colorado?
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) information on how to help their children read and succeed in school
    • A monthly Spanish-language newsletter about reading and the U.S. educational system
    • Bilingual online video about reading
    • Bilingual children’s book recommendations
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  • Boletín informativo sobre la lectura FREE Spanish language newsletter for parents …With a summary in English so educators can pick articles to share with their students’ parents! Includes information about reading and helping children succeed in school
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  • Multilingual Reading Tips for Parents
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  • Colorín Colorado & Parent Involvement Small Group Presentations E-Mail Updates Literacy Workshops Newsletters Parent Workshops After School Programs Parent/Teacher Conferences Back-to-School Night Large-Scale Events
  • How to Use Colorín Colorado for Staff Professional Development
  • Here are some ideas! Book Club Grade-Level and Department Meetings Conferences and Conventions Newsletters and E-Mail Faculty Meetings Staff Training & Orientation
    • How you can help spread the word:
    • Tell your colleagues about it!
    • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, or Ning!
    • Hold a workshop or event at your school or center.
    • Incorporate Colorín Colorado into an already-existing professional development program.
    • Post a link on your school, school district, or departmental website.
    • Send a mass email via your school, union, school district, or other professional association groups.
    • Spread the word to parents - they can access the site in Spanish!
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  • WETA Learning Media Websites
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  • Thank you!