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DateMay 30th



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Each team is invited to bring any number of members of their district that are responsible for professional learning in the academic language space. 

This is an incredible opportunity to include district members outside of the Leadership Team to gain critical knowledge around the shifts necessary for supporting academic discourse in ALL classrooms!


The purpose of the site visit consultancy is to provide cross-district learnings to support the effective design and implementation of processes for building the capacity of teachers to cultivate academic student discourse in all classrooms.

Essential Questions

1) How might we implement structures and processes which build the capacity of teachers to cultivate academic discourse in all classrooms?
2) How do structures such as prototypes cultivate a coherent, district-wide vision for academic language, facilitative common understanding of prioritized instructional shifts, and build individual teacher and group capacity to enact those shifts?

Link to the Agenda

Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the director of professional development Understanding Language/SCALE, a research and professional learning center focused on improving instruction and assessment of English learners and other diverse students. Jeff has consulted for national and international teacher development projects that promote literacy, lesson design, and formative assessment practices. He has written articles and books on literacy, cognition, discourse, and academic language. His current research focuses on improving professional learning models and developing classroom instruction that fosters high-quality oral language and constructive conversations across disciplines. 


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