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Create a schoolwide foundation to ensure academic success for ALL students This useful guide supports the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners and demonstrates how a shared vision can increase student engagement and ensure that not-so-common learners benefit from academic rigor. Taking a system-wide approach, the authors offer educators a model arranged in six distinct yet complementary pathways to improve programs, policies, and practices for diverse learners. This innovative framework includes: Mapping and aligning an integrated curriculum–making the mainstream curricula accessible for all learners Collaborative planning and assessment–pooling intelligence so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Teaching students explicit learning strategies–empowering students by increasing student-led learning Promoting disciplinary literacy–providing all students with access to pertinent academic language learning Featuring ...

Teaching Students Explicit Learning Strategies
Teaching Students Explicit Learning Strategies

Too many teachers focus on the teaching and not the learning.

—Wiggins & McTighe (2005, p. 15)

There is no getting around the importance of good teaching and classroom instruction. With much emphasis on new and competing school initiatives—standards, curricula, programs, literacy instruction, and accountability—teachers are often left bewildered as to how to teach. Their confusion in some cases is due to certain misconceptions about tried-and-true teaching practices. With the new standards in mind, some teachers fear they must either revise or eliminate many of their past instructional approaches and techniques, and in particular, those that have been devised for their diverse learners. On the other hand, applying new sets of strategies can be problematic especially when ...

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