There are three upcoming communities of practice (CoP) for ESOL teachers implementing the CCR standards:
- Teaching Academic and Professional Language in ESOL Classes
- Teaching Language Strategies in ESOL
- Critical Thinking Instruction in ESOL
All of the CoPs begin Feb. 1 and end six weeks later on March 14, with an estimated time commitment of one-two hours each week. While they are asynchronous (meaning you can engage with them whenever you want), they are also facilitated by an ESOL professional development provider from the SABES PD Center for ESOL who will be checking in on a regular basis. While the CoPs are intended to provide follow-up support to you after the conference, new resources on the CCRS and ESOL have become available that we would also like to share with you. So, part of the CoP is an online self-study course that covers background information on the particular topic along with relevant classroom examples. The goal of the CoP is that you explore the ideas presented, try out some of the instructional strategies, tools, techniques in your classroom, debrief and discuss the readings and your experiences in the online weekly discussion forum, and receive support, guidance and feedback from the CoP facilitator and your colleagues. The CoPs are run though the Blackboard learning management system and, upon registering, you will be enrolled in a Blackboard course. Keep a look out for an email from Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) notifying you of your enrollment in the Blackboard course. Links within the course will take participants to the self-study course.