Great Minds Think Differently:
Leveraging the Benefits and Addressing the Challenges of a Heterogeneous ELL Classroom
The Driving Question for this workshop series is : “How do we support all students to engage in rigorous and challenging content regardless of their level of English or academic background?”
Internationals’ Workshop Module, Great Minds Think Differently: Leveraging the Benefits and Addressing the Challenges of a Heterogeneous ELL Classroom, provides faculty with core strategies to enable students at different academic and English proficiency levels to access academically rigorous curriculum at a variety of entry points. In supporting English language learners to access the Common Core State Standards, it is important that teachers provide them with the same level of complexity in curriculum even though they may not be able to achieve the same level of difficulty as their native English-speaking peers. Further, within the heterogeneous ELL classroom, students need to have differentiated tasks that vary in difficulty but also contain the same level of complexity.
In order to develop participants’ capacity to do this, the workshop provides a Guide of strategies, each of which is supported by multiple curriculum examples. Participants engage with this Strategy Guide through a series of stations that enable them to discuss in interdisciplinary and discipline-based groups their questions and reactions to the strategies presented as well as ideas for how they might incorporate them into their own curriculum. The workshop concludes with participants having time to create or revise their own curriculum to better address the needs of a heterogeneous class.
If you are interested in learning more about our workshops, please contact
Genna Robbins, Manager of Professional Development Services: