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Academic Conversations and ELD Protocols

Academic Conversations and ELD Protocols in History-Social Science (K-12): 

In this session, participants will learn how to anchor history-social science content with inquiry questions, input charts, and academic conversations. Aligned to the History-Social Science Framework, which addresses the English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and English Language Development (ELD) Standards/Framework and the College, Career, and Civic Life Readiness C3 Framework; we will synthesize strategies and resources from models for effectively teaching English learners and all students, apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and inclusive practices, and develop protocols. We will guide teachers through the process of integrating the ELD standards for collaborative conversations to assess language development and provide students with effective feedback using developmental rubrics.

Supported by the Framework’s “Language/Process-Assisted Historical Thinking,” we will demonstrate with an example of how to activate and build on background knowledge and schema with a guiding question to prompt inquiry. Then an input chart will provide an introduction to the main idea, key concepts, and academic vocabulary. Students will then be prepared to discuss the content and move on to tackling complex text by speaking and writing with grade level standards and ELD level informed scaffolds (verbal and non-verbal communication cues, question stems, sentence frames, sentence starters, guided oral practice, visuals, color coding, and brain science informed strategies). Teachers will be provided with resources to incorporate academic conversations and ELD protocols into their integrated ELD history-social science instructional design.

Presentation Team:

  • Jennifer Elemen, Monterey County Office of Education
  • Stephanie Enriquez, Ventura County Office of Education
  • Olivia Santillan, Santa Clara County Office of Education