Kindergarten Teacher, Sacramento City Unified School District
Rich Content and Language Learning in a Bilingual Kindergarten Class
"One of the first keystone pedagogies we learned about was called Sequenced Process for Interactive Reading and Language development (SPIRAL). SPIRAL helped me realize that in order to learn language, students need to do more of the exploring and find out more for themselves..."
Instructional Coach, Sacramento City Unified School District
Powerful Coaching for Deeper Content and Language Learning
"The Leading with Learning approach has really supported the English learners here in Sacramento because it’s helping teachers guide students to focus on language and structure when they’re reading. When students really understand the language and the structure of the texts they’re reading, this understanding not only supports their reading comprehension, it also supports students’ writing and helps them engage in collaborative conversations with their peers..."
Principal, Jackson Elementary School, Fresno Unified School District
Leading Teachers to Delve into Language and Scaffold Writing
"Leading with Learning has helped us figure out which pedagogies to use for which purposes. The keystone pedagogies that teachers learned through this project get to the critical elements that our English learners need, such as the deconstruction of language and knowing how English works and how to use language for different purposes. If you want students to write a certain way, you’ve got to study the structure of that kind of writing..."
Voices from the Field
“My students were highly engaged and loved participating. With scaffolds and recasting they collaboratively produced a biography on the life of Junipero Serra. It was also clear that they understood the basic components of biography as evidenced by the writing. Students love rigorous tasks if they are scaffolded and can be done through collaboration and interaction.”
– FUSD 4th grade teacher