Of the nearly one million students enrolled in the NYCDOE, 42% speak a language other than English at home, and almost 15% are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs). ELLs attend schools in all five boroughs, and while Spanish and Chinese speakers make up the majority of New York City’s ELL population, 164 other languages are also represented. The implications of these statistics are clear, all New York City public school teachers would benefit from greater knowledge and proficiency in teaching and supporting ELLs in their classroom. In this course, participants will learn the skills, strategies, and instructional best practices essential for ensuring that ELLs meet the rigorous academic demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts in every grade level and across content areas. Using the Eight Shifts for Academic English Language (AEL) Development as a framework, educators will learn how to implement effective classroom protocols, develop formative assessment strategies, work as part of a collaborative professional learning community, and utilize data to make decisions to support ELL families and their students on the path to academic achievement and college and career readiness.
 “2012-2013 Demographic Report.” NYC Department of Education: Office of English Language Learners, Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support Office of English Language Learners. 2014. Online.