Academic Language Development Network
Feature Article17 May, 2014The Common Core State Standards require students to do more with knowledge and language than ever before. Rather than be mere consumers of knowledge, students must now become creators, critics, and communicators of ideas across disciplines.
Feature Article07 December, 2013The transition to new standards (e.g., Common Core, NGSS, ELD, etc.) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach.
Feature Article05 December, 2013New standards (CCSS, ELD, NGSS, etc.) emphasize developing students’ abilities to use language in academic settings for complex purposes.
Feature Article03 July, 2013As states, districts, schools, and teachers engage in efforts to "implement" Common Core State Standards, an enormous challenge is surfacing: meeting the content, cognitive, and linguistic needs of academic English learners. An important component in all stages is identifying and improving the core teaching practices for developing complex language and literacy.
Feature Article27 January, 2013The new assessments being developed to evaluate students' learning of Common Core State Standards have significant implications for how we will teach and formatively assess the content, language, literacy, and cognition of academic English learners. Analyses of released items and test descriptions show that the assessments differ from previous assessments in several ways.
Feature Article27 January, 2013The Academic Language Development Network team has been conducting ongoing research efforts to clarify which teacher practices provide the most impact for developing students' academic language and literacy across disciplines. The three highest-impact practices are: using complex texts, fortifying complex output, and fostering academic interactions.
The Academic Language Development Network is focused on the academic success of all students who need to improve their abilities to use language in school. The Network is a collaborative partnership between universities, states, counties, districts, and schools that desire to fortify teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning of the new standards. We pay particular attention to the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and ELD standards. One of the main purposes of this network is to share ongoing research and professional development resources for building system-wide capacity to meet the instructional needs of academic English learners. We currently collaborate on professional development and research efforts in multiple settings.This work is supported by a National Professional Development Grant from the U.S Department of Education. Read more
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