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RI-TELLER is the name of our semi-annual newsletter. Members are encouraged to participate in making this newsletter vibrant by writing articles for each edition.



RI-TELLER Index

Issue 1: Fall 2010

Theme: Writing

1.  Public Education at the Crossroads: RI struggles to make sense of low Latino test scores
    RI-TELLER Editors
    Page 1

2.  From Colorless Green Ideas that Sleep Furiously to Meaning- Based Learning and Teaching
    By: Andrés Ramírez
    Page 3

3.  Useful Online Resources for Writing
    Compiled by: Nancy Cloud
    Page 5

4.  African Voices
    By: Anta Lo
    Page 7

5.  Dusting Off What We Already Know: Helping Our ELLs to Write in a Second Language
    By: Lisa Davis
    Page 8

6.  Useful Academic Writing Resources
    By: RI-TELLER Editors
    Page 10



Theme: Math

1.  Deconstructing the Math Myth
   RI-TELLER Editors
   Page 1

2.  Tips ESL Teachers Can Use: Talking With Elementary School Teachers About Math and ELLS
    By: Anne Goodrow
    Page 1

3.  African Voices: Focus on Cape Verde
   By: Anita Hane Lo
   Page 9

4.  Math Instruction in an Adult ELL Program
    By: Karisa Tashjan
    Page 10

5.  Useful Math Links
    Compiled by: Nancy Cloud
    Page 12

6.  Advocacy Corner
   By: Suzanne DaSilva
   Page 16



Theme: RTI

1.  RTI Front and Center: Noted Speaker Addresses Issue at RITELL Conference By: J.A. Lopes
    Page 1

2.  The New Evaluation System Qs & As
    RI-TELLER Editors
    Page 1

3.  Top Picks on RTI for ELLS K-12
    By: Nancy Cloud
    Page 2

4.  Advocacy Corner
   RI-TELLER Editors
   Page 8

5.  Adult Education Corner: Notes from Learning Differences Awareness Conference
    By: Sherry Lehane
    Page 10

6.  Explicit Targeted Instruction
   By: Syliva Stipich
   Page 11

7.  Scaffolding the Comparison-Contrast Essay
   By: Kiyomi Donnelly
   Page 12



Theme: Co-Teaching and Collaboration

1.  The High Stakes of Standardized Testing: RITELL Supports Bill to Eliminate NECAP Tests in Graduation Decisions
    RI-TELLER Editors
    Page 1

2.  Six Professional Developments Videos for ESL Teachers on Co-Teaching and Collaboration
    By Nancy Cloud
    Page 2

3.  What I’ve Learned about Co-Teaching
   By: Kimberly Lebrun
   Page 5

4.  Como? Improving Listening Skills at Central Falls High School
    By: Pam Garabedian, Sheila Lawless-Burke, Michael Paul
    Page 8

5.  African Voices: Focus on Libera: In Their Own Words
    By: Anta Lo
    Page 10

6.  A Conversation with Susan Rotblat-Walker: Reflections on a Remarkable Career
    By: J.A Lopes
    Page 13



Theme: Technology

1.  C3=Common Core Collaboration
    By: Dr. Andrea Hongisfeld  and Dr. Maria G. Dove
    Page 1

2.  iPads in the ELL Classroom
    By: Lauren Bentley and Dina Silvaggio
    Page 1
 
3.  Advocacy Corner
    RITELL Board Committee Members
    Page 2

4.  Recommended iPad APPS
    Compiled by Rene Rosivach
    Page 7

5.  Reader’s Opinion: Technology or the Deep Blue Sea
    By: J.A. Lopes
    Page 9

6.   ELL-U
    By: Karisa Tashjian
    Page 10

7.  African Voices: Celebreating Eid-al-Adha
    By: Anta Hane Lo
    Page 11



Theme: Common Core/Adult Education

1.  Common Core State Standards and ELLS
    RI-TELLER Editors
    Page 1

2.  English Language Learners and the Common Core State  
    Standards Resources
    Compiled from Achieve
    Page 1

3.  Advocacy Story
   By: Michael Paul
   Page 9

4.  Adult Education Corner: U.S Citizenship Preparation: Not Just 100 Civic Questions
    By: Larry Britt
    Page 12

5.  Useful Tools for the Independent Adult ELL
    By: Kevin McKay
    Page 16

6.  Translanguaging
   By: Maria Moret
   Page 17



Theme: Sheltered Instruction and the Common Core

1.  Keeping Up With the Common Core
    By: J. A. Lopes
    Page 1

2.  ELLs, Sheltered Instruction and The Common Core: Resources for Teachers
    Compiled By: Ellen Nanni
    Page 1

3.  College and Career Readiness- Two Teacher’s Perspectives
    By: Kathy Evans and Chris Bourret
    Page 10

4.  The Read Aloud in the ESL Classroom
    By: John O’Connor
    Page 11



Theme: Total Participation Techniques

1. ELL School Success & Total Participation Techniques
     by: William J. Himmele and Persida Himmele
     Page 1

2. Why Get On Twitter
     by: Flavia Molea Baker
     Page 7

3. Using a Mobile Vocabulary App
     by: Chris Bourret
     Page 9

3. One Teacher's Journey
     by: Doug Norris
     Page 11



Theme: Story Telling

1. Cultural Competence
    by Lindy Fregeolle
    page 1

2. La Vida: Giving Life to Your Stories
    by D.H. Figueredo
    page 1

3. Using the ESL Classroom to Teach Children a Culture of  
    Compassion
    by Anta Lo
    page 7

4. Implementing Vocabulary Stations in a College ESL Setting
    by Laura Vawter
    page 11



1. Picture Books to Help ELLs Access Common Core Anchor Reading Standards
     by Judity O'Loughlin

2. Resources for Teachers: Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction to Teach Content to ELLs.
     by Nancy Cloud

3. Program Profile: EAP at Salve Regina University
     by Kiyomi Donnelly

4. Getting Students to Tell a Story
     by Laura Vawter

5. Using Google Voice
     by Chris Bourret


1. A New Academic Vocabulary List
by Dr. Dee Gardner

2. 6 Top-Notch Vocabulary Instruction Resources
for ESL Specialists
by Dr. Nancy Cloud

3. Strategies for Teaching Academic Vocabulary
by Kiyomi Donnelly & Carolina Bisio

4. Get Your Passports at the Pawtucket Public
Library
by Julie Fischer

5. Getting Students to Make Their Own Vocabulary
Sets Using Quizlet
By Chris Bourret

Theme: Techniques to Get ELLs Talking

1. 5 Strategies to Help Beginning ELLs Speak & Listen Better
by Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D.

2. Promoting Classroom-Based Discussion Resources
by Dr. Nancy Cloud

3. Strategies to Help Adult Learners Overcome Barriers for Participating in Discussions
by Kiyomi Donnelly & Carolina Bisio

4. Get Them Talking
by Mary Steele

5. Pragmatics of Teaching Pragmatics
By Laura Vawter

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