Year in Review: Explore Our Most Popular Resources From 2020
2020 was a year of stress and challenge, but it was also a year of compassion and community. Explore our most popular free resources that supported our community of educators during the 2019-2020 academic year. These stories, videos, and resources can support students and educators whether they are experiencing remote learning, a hybrid approach, or are full-time in the classroom.
Essential EL Education Stories from 2020
- How Can We Support Student Learning Amid School Closures Due to the Coronavirus: Explore our hub for support during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether you are an educator, a parent, or a student, you will find the latest information, free resources for virtual learning, and opportunities to connect online here.
- In Solidarity with Antiracist Action for Educational Justice:Learn how EL Educations stand with all education leaders committed to creating racial equity in our educational systems and for every young person in this country.
- A Reason to Believe: Stories of Literacy Impact: Two third-party research studies and a partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District found that pairing EL Education’s research-aligned Language Arts Curriculum with teacher support results in improved student achievement for all students.
- All Rise: Meeting the Challenge of Remote Learning in Detroit and Beyond: The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and EL Education quickly developed a plan and, within two weeks, created 432 printable lessons that are being paired with 432 videos of teachers leading the lessons—an entire 10 weeks of classes for every grade, kindergarten through 8.
- Curriculum in Action with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and EL Education: Learn how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is positively transforming teaching and student learning by anchoring professional learning in high-quality curriculum materials like the EL Education curriculum.
Essential EL Education Videos From 2020
- Better World Day: Make The World Better: This music video was composed, rehearsed, and performed by EL Education students during the covid19 crisis while in physical isolation. It was made in two weeks in order to celebrate Better World Day, a day on which EL Education students contribute to their communities.
- Read, Think, Talk, Write: In Detroit Public Schools Community District, 1st grade Teacher Tawana Jordan and 4th grade teacher Kaitlyn Billops are engaging students in the Read-Think-Talk-Write framework. This approach integrates reading, speaking and listening, and writing, and results in the production of high-quality, evidence-based writing for students of all ability levels and learning styles.
- Close Reading: Close Reading is a process of careful, analytical reading. It involves repeated reading, text-based discussion, and written analysis of a complex text. See this approached with rigor and joy with Pamela Hornbuckle and fifth graders at Maybury Elementary School in Detroit Public Schools Community District.
- Virtual Crew: Staying in Sync Asynchronously: While we are physically distanced, it’s not always possible for each person in a crew to meet online at the same exact time. Schools and crews can build belonging, purpose, and agency asynchronously through Sharing, Challenges, Wellness & Care, and Celebrations. See this in action at EL Education schools across the country.
- Analyzing Data in the K-2 Skills Block: Using key resources such as Benchmark Assessments (both spelling and decoding), the Assessment Conversion Chart, and resources from the Differentiation Pack, learn how educators are thoughtfully harnessing the power of the EL Education K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block to ensure success for all students.
Essential EL Education Resources From 2020
- EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21: These resources, adaptations of the existing EL Education Language Arts curriculum, will support students whether they are experiencing remote learning, a hybrid approach, or are full-time in the classroom.
- New EL Education Measurement Tools Ensure Equity for Reopening and Beyond: EL Education’s research-validated Reopening Measurement Tools guide educators through a process of continuous improvement toward more equitable, inclusive learning environments.
- Collaborative Culture Norms: Tapping into the hopes and dreams of your class provides guidance for the norms you’ll live by all year. Learn how students and teachers embrace norms in their classrooms, creating a positive and productive culture.
- Chapter 1: Learning Targets: Learning targets provide students with tangible goals that they can understand and work toward. Rather than the teacher taking on all of the responsibility for meeting a lesson’s objective, learning targets, written in student-friendly language and frequently reflected on, transfer ownership for meeting objectives from the teacher to the student.
- Reopening Guidance: In the wake of a global pandemic that is forcing schools to make difficult decisions, EL Education’s Reopening Guidance supports teachers, parents, and students to stay grounded in what matters most.
- Projects At Home: Looking for cool projects that can engage students at home and support academic learning at the same time? We mined our collection of student projects—the world’s largest collection of quality student work—for projects that kids can do at home.
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