GKCWP ELL Program:
College Academic Writing
Our 5th annual ELL conference features interactive workshops by classroom teachers from Pre-K to the University level. Join us on the 13th for a keynote speaker and conference presentations on building community with English Language Learners and working toward equity in the classroom!
Building Community, Working Toward Equity
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas Training Center
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Keynote Address: Katie McKay
To enroll in any of our courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the number of English Language Learners in Kansas City metro schools rapidly increasing, the Greater Kansas City Writing Project has made the ELL Program a priority. Educators across content areas are looking to implement strategies that will enable these students to be successful. The GKCWP hopes to provide needed resources and support to teachers who work with English Language Learners.
We have recently come to use the term Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) in our work with this program. A CLD student is any student whose home language is not standard English; this descriptor encompasses those students who speak dialects of E
English in the home. Many of the teachers who hear the term ELL and initially think, "I don't have those students" or "I only have one or two ELLs," reconsider when we redefine the group as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse. Suddenly, (especially urban) educators are saying, "That's all of my students." We have found that strategies designed to help ELLs with literacy and writing are strategies that also benefit CLD students as they develop their skills in using standard English.