Special Projects

May 6th - May 20th, 2022

EL ACHIEVE: ELEMENTARY CONSTRUCTING MEANING INSTITUTE

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Some of our DW TOSAs, our Instructional Technology Coordinator, and Elementary teachers are currently participating in our Virtual Constructing Meaning PD conducted by EL Achieve. Constructing Meaning started at the Secondary sites in our district and is now offered at the Elementary sites to help our English Learner Students. Students learning English thrive in respectful, academically focused environments where they are equipped with the tools they need for both content knowledge and the language with which to express their understanding. To meet this need, teachers deserve concrete support in comprehending the linguistic needs of their students, and practical strategies to provide explicit language instruction. Constructing Meaning offers an accelerated approach to instruction that emphasizes both academic English and critical literacy skills, thereby supporting English learners in acquiring the analytical language necessary to meet the demands of content standards. It provides teachers with a clear process and practical tools for weaving explicit language instruction into content-area teaching. The focus is on teaching the content-specific language that enables students to think, discuss, read, and write to the goals of the lesson. Constructing Meaning is a great resource to help support our English Language Learners at both the elementary and secondary levels!