Event

Strengths and Missed Opportunities in Instructional Materials for Multilingual Learners

October 13, 2022
DATE
October 13, 2022
LOCATION
Zoom Webinar
PRICE
Free
“There is nowhere near enough materials for English learners, all of our curriculum is for students who speak English. We need to make curriculum that fits the needs of all students.”

Audience

For Content Developers. This Webinar will take place on October 13, 2022 from 12 - 1:30 PM EST.

Background

This is a typical example of a first grade teacher's feedback on how well her instructional materials support multilingual learners (MLL). Yet, we know that high quality instructional materials can provide an important lever for improving the quality of teaching and learning in the core content areas–especially for underserved students such as MLLs. 

In this virtual webinar, English Learners Success Forum and San Diego State researchers share new data from a national teacher survey administered by Rand’s American Educator Panel about teacher views of the value of their instructional materials. The survey captures teachers’ perceptions about how well their instructional materials reflect strategic, research-based language and content supports for MLLs.  

We share the result findings in an effort to support content developers in better understanding the practices and actions they can take to ensure their instructional materials are inclusive of MLLs. Content developers will walk away with actionable next steps they can implement to refine their materials.

Objectives

Share research findings of a national teacher survey within two viewpoints:

  1. Overarching teacher perceptions of how well their instructional materials support MLLs.
  2. Teacher perceptions of how well instructional materials measure up to research-backed, specific practices to improve English learner academic outcomes.

✦ Discuss initial interpretation of survey results as analyzed by ELSF, San Diego State University researchers, and national EL experts.

Provide actionable next steps content developers can use to ensure their core disciplinary materials are inclusive of MLLs.

Facilitators

Renae Skarin is the Senior Director of Content for ELSF, where she works with leading educational experts to provide guidance to content developers, educational advocates and to state and local education leaders regarding the quality of learning materials inclusive of English Learner assets and needs. Prior to joining the ELSF, she worked at Understanding Language, Stanford University, where she was a researcher and professional learning developer for projects specializing in issues of equity and accessibility for diverse learners. Renae has an extensive background in content and language teaching and teacher education both in the U.S. and abroad. Renae received a B.A. in English, Literacy Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Educational Linguistics at Stanford University.

Dr. William Zahner is an associate professor in the mathematics and statistics department at San Diego State University. Zahner’s research investigates how to design secondary mathematics classrooms to improve student learning, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English Learners in secondary mathematics classes. Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, Zahner was an assistant professor in the School of Education at Boston University. Zahner earned his doctorate and master’s degrees at UC Santa Cruz, and his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Boston College.

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