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Building on Common Core State Standards to Improve Learning for English Language Learners

On February 26, the Alliance for Excellent Education conducted a webinar on the transition to Common Core State Standards and Next-Generation Science Standards and the opportunities and challenges for the growing number of English language learners (ELLs). During the webinar, panelists discussed numerous initiatives underway to help ELLs access grade-level content while building their language proficiency, including Stanford University’s Understanding Language initiative and the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards.

Webinar panelists: Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University; Carrie Heath Phillips, program director, common core state standards implementation, CCSSO; Susan Pimentel, education analyst and standards and curriculum specialist; and Maria Santos, deputy superintendent for instruction, leadership, and equity-in-action, Oakland Unified School District (CA). Mariana Haynes, senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education and author of The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners, served as the moderator.

Archived video and PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available at

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