I just attended a conference on English Academic Language here at Boston College. I had a great time and got a lot of useful information regarding programs for adolescents ELLs. Margarita Calderon out of John’s Hopkins University had a great presentation on two professionals development programs for teaching academic language to adolescents using the science and social studies curriculum. This is definitely worth exploring the are called Rigor and Exc-Cell both by her. They contain a professional development components researched in the New York Public School System and Exc-Cell also has a curriculum. Both focus on enhacing CALP or academic language for ELLs not while they are missing the reading and english language arts curriculum but as an added curriculum during science and social studies. Does this soung familiar?
Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.