The Center for Applied Linguistics has partnered with the University of Oregon to create Education Connections, an online portal site that provides resources to support educators implementing the Common Core State Standards with English learners. Resources are organized around specific topics, including STEM and Humanities Teachers' PLCs. The portal also provides access to free online courses, a curated selection of webinars, and a section on lesson planning that provides users with information about principles of effective instruction for English learners.
Although the site requires users to register, educators will find the Lesson Planning and Resources sections of the site useful as they engage in instructional planning. In particular, the resources supporting content area instructional lesson planning in science and mathematics, with an emphasis on English learner considerations, will be helpful. The Lesson Planning section includes planning templates, sample lessons, a lesson plan evaluation rubric, and an opportunity to submit lesson plans for review by the Education Connections team.