Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Helping Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) and Long Term ELLs (L-TELLs) Meet Common Core Expectations

May 31, 2013
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This hands-on, full-day institute demonstrated how to:
  • Assist learners in accessing complex texts using a thematic content-based approach
  • Select texts for ELLs at different reading levels and form text sets using “stair step” books on the same theme
  • Building oral language and background knowledge to prepare students for reading
  • Promote specific reading and writing skill development around informational and literary texts for grade-level appropriate topics
  • Promote active engagement of learners, despite low levels of literacy
  • Set appropriate task expectations across English proficiency levels and monitor
  • Encourage reading and writing outside of school to enhance literacy development

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Cloud

Nancy Cloud, Ed.D. currently serves as Professor of Education in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island where she coordinates the M.Ed. in TESL and Bilingual Endorsement Programs and teaches graduate courses on second language and literacy development. She frequently works with teachers in schools to promote effective instructional practices and responsive curriculum for English Language Learners. Her most recent publications include Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners: A Teacher’s Guide to Research-Based Practices, co-written with Fred Genesee & Else Hamayan. She has co-authored other books and is frequently a presenter at many conferences.


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