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Core Practices Beta 2017 Summary of Changes

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  • Core Resources about EL Education

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Guidance Documents

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After a yearlong research and revision process informed by EL Education partners, staff, and leaders, we have released the revised beta version of our Core Practices book (third edition, 2017).  This edition, like the two previous editions (2006, 2011), provides a comprehensive overview of the EL Education model, which can be used as a planning and implementation guide for partners implementing all or part of the EL Education model.  

The revisions in this edition amplify and clarify the best practices in EL Education schools around the country, which are enabling more than 4,000 teachers and 50,000 students to achieve more than they thought possible. This revision retains from the previous edition the overall structure of five dimensions of school life spanning 38 core practices. Each of those core practices has been updated to reflect new learning and new research grounded in our three dimensions of student achievement: mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work.  Here are highlights of the changes you can expect to see in this revision.

Structural and nomenclature changes

  • Headings and terminology have been revised to align the 38 core practices with the language of key frameworks, documents, and professional development offerings. These include the three dimensions of student achievement, our professional development bundles and pathways, EL Education’s ELA curriculum, our revised Implementation Review process, and recent EL Education publications (e.g., Leaders of Their Own Learning).
  • We have revised the introduction to update information about EL Education and to reaffirm our heritage and grounding in the Design Principles of our Outward Bound roots. It connects our values with our vision of student achievement and provides guidance on How to Use This Book.

Content changes

  • We added a core practice entitled Choosing, Adapting, and Enhancing Curricula to support EL Education partners who are using or considering our ELA curriculum.
  • Revisions throughout this book reflect our new learning about the strong literacy practices that are built into our curriculum.
  • Throughout the book, we’ve lifted up teaching and learning practices that embody our longstanding commitment to equity in schools—practices that work to close the opportunity gap for historically disadvantaged learners.
  • The core practice Planning and Producing High Quality Work has been moved to the Instruction domain and is frequently cross referenced from other practices that support this dimension of student achievement (e.g., Assessment in Daily Instruction).
  • We’ve added a core practice in the Instruction domain entitled “Teaching English Language Learners,” in recognition that strategies to differentiate for and support ELLs are not the same as those teachers use for students with disabilities.
  • The Culture and Character domain now highlights character education as a key strand in the dimensions of student achievement. These practices clarify the relationship between Habits of Character and Habits of Scholarship and ground these habits in the spirit of Crew that pervades EL Education schools.
  • The practices of student-engaged assessment that are an entry point for so many EL Education partners are fully fleshed out and aligned with our book, Leaders of Their Own Learning, as well as our professional development bundles that support these practices.
  • Revised leadership core practices underscore our commitment to shared leadership structures that lift up teachers, parents, and other thought leaders in the learning community.  At the same time, these revisions clarify the responsibilities and impact of administrative leaders who guide the vision and culture of a school community.

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Core Resources about EL Education

Type

Guidance Documents

Grade Level

After a yearlong research and revision process informed by EL Education partners, staff, and leaders, we have released the revised beta version of our Core Practices book (third edition, 2017).  This edition, like the two previous editions (2006, 2011), provides a comprehensive overview of the EL Education model, which can be used as a planning and implementation guide for partners implementing all or part of the EL Education model.  

The revisions in this edition amplify and clarify the best practices in EL Education schools around the country, which are enabling more than 4,000 teachers and 50,000 students to achieve more than they thought possible. This revision retains from the previous edition the overall structure of five dimensions of school life spanning 38 core practices. Each of those core practices has been updated to reflect new learning and new research grounded in our three dimensions of student achievement: mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work.  Here are highlights of the changes you can expect to see in this revision.

Structural and nomenclature changes

  • Headings and terminology have been revised to align the 38 core practices with the language of key frameworks, documents, and professional development offerings. These include the three dimensions of student achievement, our professional development bundles and pathways, EL Education’s ELA curriculum, our revised Implementation Review process, and recent EL Education publications (e.g., Leaders of Their Own Learning).
  • We have revised the introduction to update information about EL Education and to reaffirm our heritage and grounding in the Design Principles of our Outward Bound roots. It connects our values with our vision of student achievement and provides guidance on How to Use This Book.

Content changes

  • We added a core practice entitled Choosing, Adapting, and Enhancing Curricula to support EL Education partners who are using or considering our ELA curriculum.
  • Revisions throughout this book reflect our new learning about the strong literacy practices that are built into our curriculum.
  • Throughout the book, we’ve lifted up teaching and learning practices that embody our longstanding commitment to equity in schools—practices that work to close the opportunity gap for historically disadvantaged learners.
  • The core practice Planning and Producing High Quality Work has been moved to the Instruction domain and is frequently cross referenced from other practices that support this dimension of student achievement (e.g., Assessment in Daily Instruction).
  • We’ve added a core practice in the Instruction domain entitled “Teaching English Language Learners,” in recognition that strategies to differentiate for and support ELLs are not the same as those teachers use for students with disabilities.
  • The Culture and Character domain now highlights character education as a key strand in the dimensions of student achievement. These practices clarify the relationship between Habits of Character and Habits of Scholarship and ground these habits in the spirit of Crew that pervades EL Education schools.
  • The practices of student-engaged assessment that are an entry point for so many EL Education partners are fully fleshed out and aligned with our book, Leaders of Their Own Learning, as well as our professional development bundles that support these practices.
  • Revised leadership core practices underscore our commitment to shared leadership structures that lift up teachers, parents, and other thought leaders in the learning community.  At the same time, these revisions clarify the responsibilities and impact of administrative leaders who guide the vision and culture of a school community.

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