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1 TIER 1 LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR ELLS

2 Session Goals RTI Groundwork Examining Assessment Systems Data Analysis and Instructional Design Advancing your RTI Model 1. Discuss best practices for Tier 1 literacy instruction for ELLs 2. Identify 5 areas of best practice 3. Hone in on one of these areas for further study

3 Two Goals for ELL Instruction Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Explicit English Language Instruction Explicit Literacy Instruction Academic Reading, Writing, and Speaking Skills

4 The BIG GOAL is ROBUST Literacy Instruction Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Increasing Language Opportunities Increasing Print Opportunities Classroom DISCUSSIONS that build knowledge Reading/listening to a wide variety of genres Conversations that analyze ideas Reading/listening with a variety of goals/purposes Building language to navigate conflict and discuss process Responding with words and writing

5 Robust Literacy Instruction is both Balanced and Connected Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Code-Related Skills Meaning- Related Skills Word Work Listening to Sounds Phonics Lessons Exposure to diverse texts Vocabulary Instruction Discussions of text

6 Balanced Literacy Instruction is Especially Important for ELLs Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Rich classroom discussion Experience with a variety of genres Immersive print experiences Needs of ELLs Practice reading and writing

7 5 Key Characteristics of Strong Tier 1 Instruction for ELLs Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier Strong emphasis on oral language development Strong emphasis on developing written language Builds word reading and spelling skills in context Fluency: Reading with ease, not racing through reading Content-based Reading Comprehension Instruction

8 Determining a Priority Area Which of these 5 areas is most urgent for our school? Is there a particular instructional area that is commonly needed across all grades? Strong emphasis on oral language development Strong emphasis on developing written language Builds word reading and spelling skills in context Fluency: Reading with ease, not racing through reading 5 Content-based reading comprehension instruction

9 Identifying the Trends at Our School 1. Each classroom or grade-level team should fill out the percentage of students flagged as at-risk for each measured domain of literacy 2. As a group we will come together to fill out the entire table for our school

10 Intensifying Tier 1 Instruction 1. Look at the list of best practices for ELLs 2. Write down ways in which you are already incorporating the strategy 3. Discuss ways you might intensify instruction, using this strategy, in Tier 1

11 CLOSING AND REFLECTION

12 Closing Discussion: What are the priority areas for instruction for Tier 1, given the student population and the needs uncovered by data? What are some concrete ideas for intensifying Tier 1 instruction to support ELLs? Any strategies that participants plan to use immediately?

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