Arming Struggling Learners for Common Core Lessons

Teaching Academic Language and Facilitating Academic Talk

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Professional DevelopmentStruggling Learners


Some students who struggle academically in Common Core lessons are English learners, and many others are native English speakers. Although academic success depends in large part on a certain set of school-matched language skills, not all students own this language. They do not seem to develop that ownership sufficiently for independent, high level performance solely through the typical school focus on the curriculum and standards.

This workshop will help teachers find a way out of this dilemma and meet the long-term language needs of struggling students. It will:

  • Address the 3 levels of academic language (WIDA)
  • Teach practical tools for helping students develop a higher level of academic language skill
  • Help participants to facilitate academic conversations where students can explicitly practice using language at these 3 levels

Audience and Grade Level

Elementary teachers, Grades K-6.


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Ken Pransky has been a teacher and teacher educator for 35 years in the US and abroad, teaching, coaching, and training, specializing in helping teachers work with struggling learners, including English learners.

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