QTEL SUMMER INSTITUTES
AMPLIFYING ENGLISH LEARNERS’ QUALITY ENGAGEMENT IN THE HUMANITIES*
Curricula that prepare students for successfully navigating 21st century demands need to resemble the stances, skills, and knowledge of an ever-changing society. This institute is based on the premise that quality education prepares students to be thoughtful, discerning, critical individuals who can express their opinion effectively, listen to others or read others’ texts critically, and who can in general act in personally and socially responsible ways. Consequently, quality curriculum needs to address the development of this expertise.
We start by defining quality curriculum as the means to develop 21st century skills, through deep and generative engagements. Lessons thus have to specifically address the situated needs of a class and its richly diverse students. Good lesson and unit design is robust so that it meets general goals and needs, at the same time, it has to be flexible to address the variability of strengths and needs represented by the specific students in a class.
With these ideas in mind, the goals of this institute are twofold: to address general guidelines for unit and lesson design, and to consider how to flexibly and contingently adapt lessons as they are refined for specific class use. The institute will draw examples from QTEL’s rich portfolio of pre-existing units, lesson exemplars, and videos, which will serve for the exploration of design principles and responsive situated adaptations.
Some of the topics, participants will explore in this institute include:
How to cluster a potent set of goals and standards to guide the design of lessons and units
How to construct the pedagogical arrangements that will take English Learners from where they are at the beginning of the lesson to the accomplishment of objectives
How to follow a productive lesson architecture in their design
How to prioritize quality interactions to increase accessibility and quality student engagement
How to analyze pre-existing lessons to strengthen and amplify them
How to situate a specific good lesson designed for one class to meet the concrete needs of a new class.
*Pre-requisite: Having completed a QTEL Building the Base institute