Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners

How can formative assessment enhance the teaching and learning of English language learner (ELL) students? What, if anything, from our experience with summative assessment of ELL students can inform effective formative assessment practices? And finally, what are the opportunities and challenges...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 103
Date created: 03/05/2014 - 08:20

Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards

This professional paper published by TESOL discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their implications for building and enacting ESL teacher expertise. The authors explain the challenges and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:50

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 132
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 192
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

ALDN Math Paired Conversation Protocol

This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems. It provides support with the language needed to clarify problems and ideas for solving them, generate multiple approaches and representations, explain and support reasoning, and negotiate ideas.

Number of views: 128
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:49

ALDN Argumentation Activities

This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning. It focuses on building students’ argumentation skills in preparation for debates, structured academic controversies, discussions, and argument-based written and multimedia...

Number of views: 29
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:54

Burro's Tortillas (1st Grade Unit)

This examplar first-grade unit contains 9 lessons and is based upon the picture book Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, a Southwestern adaptation of The Little Red Hen. It includes a "realia" walk, interactive readings, and a cooperative paragraph.

Number of views: 38
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:08

Burro's Tortillas: Introducing Burro’s Tortillas

In this video, the teacher introduces the Burro's Tortillas lesson plan, explains its connection to "The Little Red Hen," and discusses why her students love the story. This is an example of culturally responsive instruction that makes text-to-text connections.

Number of views: 38
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:13

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