EL Learning is partnering with Colorado and New York districts to pilot a teacher leadership model that will build capacity to support the use of its nationally recognized literacy curriculum. The model is built on teacher-to-teacher learning that deepens teacher practice in using EL’s open-source literacy curriculum—which teachers use widely, but often unaccompanied by any professional learning support—to help students meet the high bar of achievement set by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Strategies for Advancing Common Core
Coaches who are experienced with EL’s instructional materials and pedagogical strategies are training up to 400 teacher leaders on the literacy curriculum and CCSS-aligned strategies they can use with their peers at their respective sites. Teacher leaders are trained to coach and to hone their skills on providing in-person constructive feedback to colleagues. Teacher leaders collaborate with EL coaches to create and pilot new program tools—such as facilitator agendas for training sessions, a coaching handbook, resources for teaching English learners, and district-relevant scope and sequences—for scaling this work in other districts and states.
Teacher Leadership Capacity
To build capacity within districts, teacher leaders participate in in-person trainings on leadership practices (e.g., goal setting, “learning walks”); attend institutes on instructional strategies; access EL’s suite of professional learning packages on an array of topics (e.g., coaching, instructional modules, data use); and participate in online communities of practice with other in-state teacher leaders.
EL will introduce the online Learning Management System, which will provide teacher leaders with self-paced, online courses aimed at providing continued in-depth learning and track their progress in leadership activities and professional growth.
EL has existing partnerships with districts in Denver, Colorado and Jamestown and Brockport, New York and is deepening its district-level work in those locations to develop teacher leadership capacity for improving CCSS-aligned instructional practices in literacy.
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