Innovative Professional
Development for Teachers of
Multilingual Learners
Kara Mitchell Viesca
University of Colorado Denver
e-Learning Communities for Academic
Language Learning in Mathematics and
Science (eCALLMS)
Overarching Goal:
Support teachers and teacher educators in
developing linguistically responsive practices that
support multilingual learners language and content
development as well as bilingualism/biliteracy
development.
eCALLMS: Guiding Frameworks
• Linguistically Responsive Teacher Education
• Standards of Effective Pedagogy
Linguistically Responsive Teaching
1. Orientations of Linguistically Responsive Teachers
1.
2.
3.
Sociolinguistic consciousness
Value for linguistic diversity
Inclination to advocate for bilingual students
2. Knowledge and Skills of Linguistically Responsive Teachers
1.
2.
3.
4.
Learning about bilingual students’ language backgrounds, experiences,
and proficiencies.
Identifying the language demands of classroom tasks.
Applying key principles of second language learner
Scaffolding instruction to promote bilingual students’ learning.
(Lucas & Villegas, 2011)
Online learning
modules
Academic
Language in
Mathematics
Language
Acquisition
Academic
Language in
Science
Module Design Process
Design: MLL
& Content
Critical
Friends
Review
Beta Test &
Revise
Full Launch
Free and Flexible
• 6 Weeks
• 2 hours of teacher time per week
• Upon completion, a teacher can receive a
certificate documenting 12 contact hours of PD
(for re-licensure)
What were the strengths and weaknesses of participating and
collaborating in an online professional learning network?
“I think the strengths were moving through the module together, being able to
support each other and discuss what we learned, as well as seeing ways that we
implemented ideas. The weaknesses were only related to the links or technology
that sometimes didn't work. Overall, I would say the module was a success.”
“I really like being able to work at my own pace, having access to all of the
information/learning at any given time, and applying the new learning into my
instruction where I see it best fit.”
“It was nice to hear what other teachers had to say. It is good to collaborate
online because you can get ideas, see what works/doesn't, or get help.”
Would you recommend this module to other teachers?
“I would recommend this module to others as I felt it deepened my
understanding of second language acquisition. I walked away with more
knowledge and hands on strategies to meet my student's needs.”
“YES, I really will recommend this module!”
“I would recommend this module to other teachers, especially teachers
with limited training in teaching bilingual students. I do not think most
teachers realize how explicitly they have to teach content specific
vocabulary, nor have the teaching strategies to do so. It is a good way to
have teachers realize that we are all language teachers no matter
what the content.”
Currently Available Modules
Supporting
• 5E Planning Model (3-5)
Multilingual Learners
• Fully Charged (3-5)
in Science
Supporting
Multilingual Learners
in Mathematics
• Numbers & Operations (K-2)
• Fractions (3-5)
• Ratios (5-8)
Culturally &
• Second Language
Linguistically Diverse
Acquisition
(K-12)
Education
Connected to CO Teacher Quality Standards, WIDA, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards
Modules Being Tested This Fall
(Released in Early 2015)
Supporting Multilingual
Learners in Science
• Science Inquiry (4-8) (Anticipate release Feb.
2015)
Supporting Multilingual
Learners in
• Functions (8) (Begin Testing in JANUARY)
Mathematics
Culturally &
Linguistically Diverse
Education
• Language Grouping Strategies (K-12) (Feb.)
• Learning through Two Languages (K-12) (Jan.)
• Language & Concept Development (K-12) (Feb.)
Connected to CO Teacher Quality Standards, WIDA, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards
Modules in Development
Supporting Multilingual
Learners in Science
Supporting Multilingual
Learners in Mathematics
Culturally & Linguistically
Diverse Education
• Communicating Results and Conclusions (TBD)
• Transforming Space and Time (TBD)
• Geometric Measurement (3)
• Geomapping and Math (3-5)
• Writing Development (3-5)
• Equity for Bilingual Students (K-12)
• Race in Education (K-12)
• What is language? (K-12)
• Initial Literacy in Spanish (K-2)
• Series of modules on Standards of Effective Pedagogy
(K-12)
Connected to CO Teacher Quality Standards, WIDA, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards
How do we start?
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Recommend groups of 3-8 teachers
Names, email addresses
Participate in a webinar
Give us 2 weeks advanced notice
Who’s Using our Modules?
• Finland! Germany!
• Falcon, Summit, JeffCo, Ignacio, Adams 14, Adams 50,
and Brighton (27J) are districts that are using our
modules or are planning to.
• You!? 
Thank You!
Kara Mitchell Viesca
[email protected]
http://ecallms.ucdsehd.net/
[email protected]
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