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    Micro-credentials

    ExcEL Leadership Academy offers micro-credentials for teachers seeking professional development in education of EL students.

    ExcEL Leadership Academy

    ExcEL Leadership Academy is a national model. A program created and based on the best practices for serving English language learners. 

    The United States of America is a country built by folks who are from other countries; many of whom are people whose first language is something other than English. Project ExcEL is part of a community effort made up of partner organizations helping families and children obtain the American dream. We have formulated a multi-year program aimed at creating expanded and personalized learning opportunities for students K through 12 who do not speak English as their first language. In ExcEL communities, nonprofit organizations, community colleges, faith-based groups, arts and media centers, libraries, and schools are all working together to help students learning English, as well as their families in acquiring the critical English skills needed for family success.
    Graduate Student Representative Erin Riley-Lepo is joined by Alison L. Bailey, Ed.D., as well as Christine Butler and Heather Brown, two elementary school teachers who collaborate with Dr. Bailey. The group shares their work on Project ExcEL, an OELA/USDoE funded project. The conversation is focused on formative assessment as an important part of equitable assessment practices for English Language Learners.
    Learn about our micro-credential programs, designed to help teachers become more effective educators of multilingual learners in all academic areas. Click on the thumbnail to view our course catalog PDF.
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    Happy Presidents' Day from the ExcEL Leadership Academy!

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    Happy Presidents Day from the ExcEL Leadership Academy! 
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    Happy Valentine's Day from the ExcEL Leadership Academy!

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    Happy Valentines Day from the ExcEL Leadership Academy! 
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    Hear from one of the schools that has implemented the ExcEL Leadership Academy program to welcome students who do not speak English as their first language!

    This year, the ExcEL team at Elizabeth Shelton School has worked to roll out the welcome mat to EL’s and their families in new and different ways!

    As a team, we created a welcome book for students showcasing the important places and faces of our school so that students can begin to familiarize themselves with their new home away from home. This book contains the inside “scoop" about such things as lunch payment, dress code, dismissal procedures, etc. At this time, our books are available in English and Spanish, but we aim to translate these resources into additional languages as a means to better connect to even more new families.

    Our team is looking forward to strengthening the changes made this year and finding new ways to build relationships with ELs and their families as they join our school family!

    Learn more ExcEL Leadership Academy success stories here: www.excelleadershipacademy.org/pages/elizabeth-shelton-school/

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    Hear from one of the schools that has implemented the ExcEL Leadership Academy program to welcome students who do not speak English as their first language! 
This year, the ExcEL team at Elizabeth Shelton School has worked to roll out the welcome mat to EL’s and their families in new and different ways! 
As a team, we created a welcome book for students showcasing the important places and faces of our school so that students can begin to familiarize themselves with their new home away from home. This book contains the inside “scoop about such things as lunch payment, dress code, dismissal procedures, etc. At this time, our books are available in English and Spanish, but we aim to translate these resources into additional languages as a means to better connect to even more new families.
Our team is looking forward to strengthening the changes made this year and finding new ways to build relationships with ELs and their families as they join our school family!
Learn more ExcEL Leadership Academy success stories here: https://www.excelleadershipacademy.org/pages/elizabeth-shelton-school/ 
#englishlearners #microcredentials #microcredentialsforteachers

    Research and practical knowledge make it clear that all teachers need training to prepare them to work effectively with multilingual learners, yet the majority of states, districts, and schools do not have any such requirement or provide even minimal training. This lack of foundational training is exacerbated by the documented shortage of teachers qualified to work with English Learners, with the US Department of Education reporting at least 35 states with shortages of teachers in this field (2019).

    ExcEL offers job-embedded, learn-by-doing programs to help PK-12 teachers become more effective educators of multilingual learners in all academic areas.

    Micro-credentials are earned by demonstrating competencies in one specific area at a time. They allow teachers to build skills without ever leaving their classrooms, and to prove their capabilities by sharing evidence from their own teaching practices.

    ExcEL micro-credentials are not time-based, seat-based, or measured by passing an exam. They are created by educators and rooted in research. Our innovative learn-by-doing process allows teachers to practice what they’re learning in their own classrooms and to demonstrate their abilities by submitting a portfolio of artifacts derived from their actual practice.

    #excelleadershipacademy #microcredentials #teachers #teachertraining #englishlearners #englishlearningcommunity
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    Research and practical knowledge make it clear that all teachers need training to prepare them to work effectively with multilingual learners, yet the majority of states, districts, and schools do not have any such requirement or provide even minimal training. This lack of foundational training is exacerbated by the documented shortage of teachers qualified to work with English Learners, with the US Department of Education reporting at least 35 states with shortages of teachers in this field (2019). 
ExcEL offers job-embedded, learn-by-doing programs to help PK-12 teachers become more effective educators of multilingual learners in all academic areas.
Micro-credentials are earned by demonstrating competencies in one specific area at a time. They allow teachers to build skills without ever leaving their classrooms, and to prove their capabilities by sharing evidence from their own teaching practices. 
ExcEL micro-credentials are not time-based, seat-based, or measured by passing an exam. They are created by educators and rooted in research. Our innovative learn-by-doing process allows teachers to practice what they’re learning in their own classrooms and to demonstrate their abilities by submitting a portfolio of artifacts derived from their actual practice.
#excelleadershipacademy #microcredentials #teachers #teachertraining  #englishlearners #englishlearningcommunity

    Students are empowered when their values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds are respected, and when instructional approaches and techniques reflect their choices, interests, passions, and ambitions. The barriers to developing student voice are particularly challenging for English Learners (ELs) who may literally find themselves without a voice in the school community.

    Teachers must create a set of conditions in which EL students have a voice in the decision-making process about their own learning and issues that affect their daily experiences in school.

    The following conditions support student voice for English Learners in the educational community:
    • The chance to belong to a group working to effect positive change in the learning environment (e.g., student governance or ambassador clubs).
    • A trusting relationship with an adult advocate who knows and values them (e.g., advisories).
    • Students have choice in what they learn and how they learn it (e.g., project-based learning).
    • Students take ownership for their learning by setting goals and monitoring their progress (e.g., personal learning plans and student-led conferences).
    • Teachers can empower English Learners within their classrooms as well as by acting as an advisor or support for extra-curricular clubs and activities.

    Learn more at our website: www.excelleadershipacademy.org/pages/empowering-students/

    #learning #teaching #englishlearners #englishlearning #EnglishLearningJourney #teachingenglish
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    Students are empowered when their values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds are respected, and when instructional approaches and techniques reflect their choices, interests, passions, and ambitions. The barriers to developing student voice are particularly challenging for English Learners (ELs) who may literally find themselves without a voice in the school community.
Teachers must create a set of conditions in which EL students have a voice in the decision-making process about their own learning and issues that affect their daily experiences in school.
The following conditions support student voice for English Learners in the educational community:
• The chance to belong to a group working to effect positive change in the learning environment (e.g., student governance or ambassador clubs).
• A trusting relationship with an adult advocate who knows and values them (e.g., advisories).
• Students have choice in what they learn and how they learn it (e.g., project-based learning).
• Students take ownership for their learning by setting goals and monitoring their progress (e.g., personal learning plans and student-led conferences).
• Teachers can empower English Learners within their classrooms as well as by acting as an advisor or support for extra-curricular clubs and activities. 
Learn more at our website: https://www.excelleadershipacademy.org/pages/empowering-students/
#learning #teaching #englishlearners #englishlearning #EnglishLearningJourney  #teachingenglish

    The mission of the ExcEL Leadership Academy is to provide professional learning opportunities for all teachers to support high quality, equitable education for English Learners.

    All teachers are responsible for language instruction. Teachers need to design and adjust assessments in order to make sure they are appropriate for English Learners (ELs). These assessments in turn can be utilized to monitor student progress, provide constructive feedback to students, and drive instruction.

    Classroom assessments should not be a one-size-fits-all but should address students' language proficiency as well as understanding of concepts.

    #englishlearners #teaching #teacher #LanguageInstruction
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    The mission of the ExcEL Leadership Academy is to provide professional learning opportunities for all teachers to support high quality, equitable education for English Learners.
All teachers are responsible for language instruction. Teachers need to design and adjust assessments in order to make sure they are appropriate for English Learners (ELs). These assessments in turn can be utilized to monitor student progress, provide constructive feedback to students, and drive instruction.
Classroom assessments should not be a one-size-fits-all but should address students language proficiency as well as understanding of concepts.
#englishlearners #teaching #teacher #languageinstruction
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