August 3, 2015

Teachers summit draws thousands to sites across California

Original article at EdSource by John Fensterwald, Theresa Harrington, Fermin Leal, and Sarah Tully

Better Together brought together educators at 33 locations statewide to simultaneously share strategies, classroom victories and mistakes about the new academic standards in math and English language arts...

Rancho Palos Verdes English teacher Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher, 2015 California Teacher of the Year, spoke to colleagues about how to personally connect with English learners to ensure they feel included in classrooms.

She shared her experience growing up as an English learner and how she often felt isolated from fluent classmates, and from teachers who became frustrated with her because she could not comprehend lessons.

“Students really need to feel that they’re being supported by teachers,” she said. “A student who doesn’t feel supported becomes disengaged. And that will make our job even more difficult.”

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