For decades now, educators have promoted the idea of student-centered classrooms and have sung the praises of meaningful collaboration. Yet, students spend most of their time in the classroom working individually without significant interaction. While meaningful collaboration is beneficial to all students, it provides a lifeline to MLLs/ELLs as it offers the opportunity to process information in a low-stakes way, use home language to ask questions and negotiate content, and actively use English instead of just passively listening to the teacher. Effective collaboration happens by design only—simply putting students into groups and telling them to work together does not work.
In this Part 1 webinar, we will unpack the 5 Essentials of Collaboration—the components that research has shown must be in place in order to foster effective collaboration. We will bring each essential to life with actual curricular examples that showcase them as well as practices, tips and activities that support teachers in implementing these essentials into their curriculum and instruction. Participants will be able to ask questions of the facilitators in real time.
Note: This event was converted from an in-person event to an online webinar. Part 2 will take place as an in-person event on June 8.