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August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments

As witnessed by this past weekend’s events, monuments to the Confederacy continue to be used by white supremacists to support their ideology.

I’ve shared many other related resources (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More), but I thought a specific one on these monuments might be helpful to teachers.

Feel free to let me about about ones I’ve missed:

I’ve previously posted Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments and New PBS News Hour Video Segment: “Why Confederate monuments are coming down.”

Confederate Monuments and Their Removal seems like a decent lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League.

The debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War makes an interesting point about a difference between “memory” and “history.” I might use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.

Confederate Monuments and the ‘Searing Truth’ is a lesson idea from The Morningside Center.

As Confederate Monuments Come Down, Teachers Wrestle With Class Discussion is from Ed Week.

Debate over US Confederate monuments intensifies is from Al Jazeera.

Robert E. Lee Topples From His Pedestal is from The Atlantic.

How other countries have dealt with monuments to dictators, fascists and racists is from The Washington Post.

Statues of Washington, Jefferson Aren’t ‘Next,’ But It’s Complicated, Historians Say is from NBC News.

Why Lee Should Go, and Washington Should Stay appeared in The New York Times.

Historians: No, Mr. President, Washington and Jefferson are not the same as Confederate generals. is from The Washington Post.

The Confederate General Who Was Erased appeared in The Huffington Post.

Confederate Statues and ‘Our’ History is from The NY Times.

Here’s an important “take” from The Atlanta Black Star, Rethinking Removing Confederate Memorials: Why This May Not Work Out As Planned:

The tragedy of racial hate and the focus on racial symbol is that because they are monopolizing the national conversation, no one is talking about what it really means to be discriminated against.

Teaching History in Troubled Times is by Marc Tucker.

How to Repurpose a Bad Statue is from The Atlantic.

Toppling Monuments, a Visual History is from The New York Times.

Historians warn against rushing to take down statues is from The Associated Press.

Great Interactive For Class Discussion On What To Do With Controversial Statues

Goodbye, Yosemite. Hello, What? is from The New York Times (it’s not clear from the headline its connection to Confederate monuments but it’s there).

We’re still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox is from The Associated Press.

The way that Taiwan, India, and other countries deal with statues that symbolize ugly pasts is from Quartz.

How Lithuania dealt with its Soviet statues is from The Economist.

What Trump’s Generation Learned About the Civil War is from The Atlantic.

Far From Dixie, Outcry Grows Over a Wider Array of Monuments is from The New York Times.

Excellent Article On Confederate Monuments For TOK Classes

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

Learning stations, also called interactive stations, usually involve small groups of students rotating through several “stations” in different parts of the classroom and completing various activities at each one.

Here are some useful related resources (please suggest more):

Using Stations to Engage Secondary Students: 3 Ways to Incorporate Movement Into Learning is from Literary Maven.

Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model is from Catlin Tucker.

Using centers to differentiate for English learners is from Multi-Briefs.

Student-Led Learning Centers in Secondary Classrooms is from ASCD.

Literacy Centers for Multilingual Students is from the Teaching Channel:

Literary Analysis Through Interactive Stations is from The Teaching Channel:

August 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Examples Of ELL Student Writing

I thought teachers might find it useful to be able to see – and possibly use as models – examples of writing by English Language Learners.

Please feel free to leave links to other examples in the comments section.

Here they are:

Guest Post From One Of Our ELL Students: “Challenge”

Guest Post: Advanced ELLs Write About Their Summer School Experience Tutoring Newcomers

A Look Back: “What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project”

Guest Post From An English Language Learner Student

ose Carlos Haro Preciado is a student in Bret Gosselin‘s high school class. Jose has created a nice resource on How To Write A Poem, and I’m adding it to The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More.  A little more about Jose: Jose Carlos Haro Preciado is currently a student at Coppell High School. He is from Mexico where he lived until moving to the United States two years ago as a sophomore. He is an ambitious student who uses his writing as a way to learn from the world around him. He believes that by hard work, he can learn to do anything well, including English. He plans to go to college to become an engineer and is a valued member of Coppell’s champion-winning varsity soccer team.

Here are many examples from our student blog:

Response to Literature essays

Problem/Solution essays

Essays on Gangs

Persuasive Essays about Neighborhoods

Persuasive Essays

Autobiographical Incident Essays


August 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families

Since one of the sections in our new book on teaching ELLs will be on working with families, I thought it would be useful to pull together all the related resources I have on the topic and put them in one “Best” list.

You can find all my parent engagement-related “Best” lists here, and also access my Engaging Parents In School blog.

Here are my picks:

The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

The Best Posts On The Migration Policy Institute Report On Engaging Immigrant Parents

My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews On Parent Engagement

The Best Student Projects That Need Family Engagement — Contribute Your Lessons!

The Best Multilingual Resources For Parents

Involving Latino Parents in Homework is a nice practical post from ASCD Express.

En Camino: Educational Toolkit For Families is a series of free online “modules,” available in both English and Spanish, designed to help answer parent and student questions about college. It’s from the National Center For Family Literacy.

Contours of the Field: Engaging Parents of English Learners is from New America.

“But What If I Don’t Know English?” is another great resource from Colorin Colorado. It ideas on how parents who don’t speak English can still help their children develop literacy skills.

ELL Parents Can Boost Their Children’s English Skills By Doing These Two Things is from Ed Week.

Study Suggests Early Learning in Native Language Can Help English Skills is from public radio.

4 Reasons Parents Should Speak Heritage Languages at Home is a very important article for teachers who have immigrant students.

How to Reach Out to Parents of ELLs is an article from Colorin Colorado that offers some useful advice.

Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets (Hojas de Consejos Para Las Reuniones de Padres y Maestros) are two hand-outs — one in English and one in Spanish — that “are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences.” They’re from the Harvard Family Research Project.

Engaging English Language Learner Families

“Here Are Text Messages We’re Sending Home To ELL Students & Parents – Share Your Ideas”

Lesli Maxwell over at Education Week has written a good summary post, Immigrant Paradox Less Consistent in Young Children, Study Finds, about a study related to English Language Learners. The study itself is lengthy, but has an interesting section on immigrant parents and schools. I was going to copy and paste that section because it’s pretty short, but it unfortunately is “protected” and won’t allow that action. So, just go to the study link and you’ll find the family involvement section on page 10 and 11. It’s worth a visit.

To Help Language-Learners, Extend Aid to Their Families Too, New Study Argues is an important post from Ed Week’s Learning The Language blog.

Here’s how it begins:

A new report from the Center for American Progress makes the case that communities looking to improve education for school-aged English-language learners should also offer services to their parents.

The study, “The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners,” finds that limited English skills for parents and students “can create a poverty trap for families” and argues that engaging them simultaneously improves the academic and educational well-being of both generations.

Tech: A language translator allows districts to reach out to ELLs is from District Administration.

Can You Translate That? New App Allows Parents, Teachers to Bridge Language Divide is from 74.

Multilingual Texting Platform Aims to Help Schools Engage All Families is from Education World.

The Race to Translate: Which Parent Communication Tool Will Reign Supreme? is from EdSurge.

Schools are under federal pressure to translate for immigrant parents is from The Hechinger Report.

Parent Guide for English Learners—English and Spanish versions is from Education Northwest.

The barriers keeping immigrant parents from getting involved in their kids’ education is from Vox.

Tips for Connecting With Non-English-Speaking Parents is from Ed Week.

Honoring Our Families’ Immigrant Narratives is from Edutopia.

Building Relationships With Families of ELLs is from my Ed Week column.

Home-School Connections Help ELLs and Their Parents is from Ed Week.

Growing Up with Undocumented Parents: The Challenges Children Face is from New America.

Latino Parents Value College More Than Anybody Else is Take Part.

A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders is from Colorin Colorado.

August 1, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching Students The Differences Between A Good & Bad Slide

We’ve all seen lots of student and adult-created very bad slides.

Here are some resources I’ve used to help teach students to improve their quality (You might also be interested in The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations):

I’m going to start off with a slideshow that Katie Hull Sypnieski and I use with our classes use the Concept Attainment instructional strategy (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching).  We explain the lesson in detail in our upcoming book on teaching English Language Learners, which will be out next March:

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