Welcome to Creating Communication Focused Classrooms for All Students

Steven's PPTs for Day One

Introduction and the Scaffolding the Reading of a Complex Text

Integrating Formative Assessment Practices

Building A Culture of Conversation

For Placer County teachers and instructional coaches who will be implementing or supporting implementation of Understanding Language's ELA Middle School Unit, Persuasion Across Time and Space:

Materials for ELA Unit Implementation:

Full ELA Unit Teacher Guide

ELA Unit Student Handouts Steven's PPT of Lessons 1,2 (Day 1 of PD)

Steven's PPT from Lessons 3,4 (Day 2)


Teacher Created Powerpoints

Here is a set of powerpoint files created by teachers in Charlotte who piloted the unit. These PPTs may not be complete, and you will have to edit them for your own classroom, but they maybe a helpful starting point.

Classroom Videos
Here is a link to five classroom videos plus an overview video created through a collaboration with the Teaching Channel from our work last fall in Denver.

Lesson One videos
(Can You Drink Dirty Water, Evolution) can be downloaded here.

Plutchik's Wheel
Here is a link to Plutchik's wheel of emotion with additional facial expressions.

Relationships and Convergences
Here is the link to the Venn diagram comparing Mathematics, Science, and ELA Practices

Conversation Analysis Tool
Here is the Conversation Analysis Tool for use in analyzing student discourse.

Key Principles for ELL Instruction

These principles, created by leading researchers in the field of Second Language Acquisition, are meant to guide teachers, coaches, curriculum designers and site/district based administrators as they work to improve the programs, policies and practices for English Learners.