- EL Education
- 247 West 35th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001
- Contact Person:
- Eadie Wilson-Beeler, Director of Development
- (212) 239-4455
- Term of Grant:
- July 2013 – June 2015
- Grantee Initiative:
- Supporting Common Core Success through Communities of Practice
Targeted Focus Area
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Primary Grant Focus
EL Education’s two primary goals for this BMGF initiative are to deepen teacher understanding of the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by:
- Using a blended approach of online and face-to-face learning opportunities to engage EL teachers.
- Field-testing and refining a model of CCSS virtual support that can be scaled up to reach teachers nationwide.
Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success
EL Education has launched several web-based strategies that have been critical to developing teacher capacity for improving student achievement.
- EL has leveraged its high-quality curriculum modules (developed two years ago for New York State’s grades 3-8 teachers under a different contract) by expanding access to the modules beyond the New York and New Jersey area. EL has combined these teacher-created modules with online professional support, enabling a broader reach to schools and districts across the nation. There have been more than 2.1 million downloads of these open-source modules from the Engage NY website. They are rated as exemplary for their alignment to the Common Core based on Achieve’s EQuIP rubric, which is used to evaluate the quality and CCSS alignment of lessons and units.
- Capitalizing on its extensive experience creating and supporting face-to-face communities of practice, EL has launched Common Ground, its first online community of practice. This virtual opportunity enables K-12 educators who participate in EL’s live, multi-day professional development institutes to stay connected to one another and extend learning during and after the institute. This blended learning model aims to deepen teacher engagement in CCSS implementation, promote dialogue, and give teachers focused and ongoing ways to continue learning.
- EL also offers a new online resource, Professional Learning Packs, which are a collection of digital resources designed to complement EL workshops and institutes and deepen teacher learning. Designed by teachers to foster communities of practice, each pack combines texts, videos, relevant research, and discussion questions for teachers to use in self-study or in small- or large-group professional development. They are designed to be dynamic to meet changing needs.
- EL offers K-12 educators online Common Ground opportunities to learn together by joining an online book club. Using Ning as the online platform, the virtual book club engages teachers in “live” opening and closing sessions with talks by EL book authors and invites teachers to engage with one another in an asynchronous discussion for several weeks. EL has recently launched its second online book club focused on the organization’s second book, Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift with Work that Matters.