QTEL SUMMER INSTITUTES
ENHANCING, STRENGTHENING, AND AMPLIFYING CURRICULAR MATERIALS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS*
During this five-day institute, we will explore how to enhance, strengthen and amplify existing curricular materials to ensure that all students regardless of educational background or language proficiency level are given quality opportunities to learn that they find meaningful and worthwhile. As this institute has been designed for educators who have already experienced a QTEL Building the Base institute, we will explore more deeply the theories that underly QTEL’s sociocultural approach to learning and how those theories can guide us to create versions of our existing curriculum that support students to engage in the kind of high challenge work we know they are capable of.
Themes we will explore:
How a sociocultural/ecological approach to pedagogy requires that all students be challenged and have the support they need to work beyond their current level of development
How well-designed and scaffolded lessons allow for students to engage in work that not only develops their conceptual, analytic, and language practices in all disciplines but inspires them to become lifelong learners.
How existing materials such as handouts, activity sheets, and texts can be amplified to support students to engage in this kind of rigorous pedagogy
How tasks, lessons, and units work together and build upon one another to support students step-by-step in appropriating disciplinary practices that are generative and transferable
How existing texts can be engineered without simplifying their core deas and themes to allow all students to access them
How a deep understanding of our own approach to teaching and learning and the purpose of curricular materials and how they are used helps us better know how to amplify materials regardless of context (in-person, virtual, hybrid, etc.)
As part of our learning together, participants are asked to bring with them (or have access to) their own curricular materials. We will have many “curriculum workshop” sessions, in which participants can analyze, strengthen, and share their amplified materials as while as support and receive support form colleagues from across the country. Each participant will walk away with robust tasks, texts, and lessons they can use to support their students when school begins in the fall.
* For participants who have attended previous QTEL Building the Base or disciplinary institutes.
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MEET THE PRESENTER