The Weekly Knot

Issue 18: Create & Celebrate the Successes

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ESOL Tip of the Week

Implementing Common Core for English Learners


Many educators have questions about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language learners (ELLs). The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has created a resource with responses to many common questions, such as:

  • Some of my students are still learning English. Can they meaningfully engage in activities that are aligned with the CCSS?
  • According to the CCSS, students have to independently engage in close reading of complex grade-level text. Should I still build background knowledge?
  • The CCSS for English language arts include recommended texts. Are these texts appropriate for English learners? What other kinds of texts should I use? How can I help English learners decode and comprehend texts at the recommended level of complexity?
  • The CCSS do not address the first languages of English learners. Are there ways to incorporate students' first languages in instruction and still meet the objectives of the Common Core?

To read responses to these common questions and more, click here.

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Weekly Happenings

Monday, December 15, 2014

Student Perception Surveys

Make Up SMI Testing- Second Grade, noon

Faculty Meeting


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Student Perception Surveys

Level Up Live Session- FFT & Teachscape 2:15 p.m.

Chorus, Band, and Orchestra Performing at the National Tree


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Staff Holiday Celebration


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Picture Re-takes for new and absent students, 8:15-10:15 a.m.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Final Day

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