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Title:  Professional learning communities facilitator's guide for the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide: Teaching academic content and literacy to English learners in elementary and middle school
Description: The Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide is designed to assist teams of educators in applying the evidence-based strategies presented in the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator's practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. Through this collaborative learning experience, educators will expand their knowledge base as they read, discuss, share, and apply key ideas and strategies to help K8 English learners acquire the language and literacy skills needed to succeed academically.

The facilitator's guide employs a five-step cycle that encourages professional learning communities to debrief, define, explore, experiment, and reflect and plan. This cycle is supplemented with activities, handouts, readings, and videos. Participants will develop a working knowledge of some of the best practices in the English learner practice guide through analysis of teaching vignettes and other interactive activities. Included in the toolkit of materials are activities along with 31 handouts and 23 videos. Four of the videos provide a narrative overview of each of the four recommendations in the practice guide, and the remaining videos show actual classrooms from three different grade levels putting the recommendations into practice.
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Cover Date: July 2015
Web Release: July 7, 2015
Print Release: July 7, 2015
Publication #: REL 2015105
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Joseph A. Dimino, Ph.D. and Mary Jo Taylor, Ed.D.: Instructional Research Group with assistance from Joan Morris, M.A.: Practice Guide Panel Member
Type of Product: Tools
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Questions: For questions about the content of this Tools, please contact:
Amy Johnson.