Using Project Based Learning Strategies to Reach Newcomers With Elizabeth Leone
How does project based learning support the diverse language skills of English learners? What is the sustained inquiry process and how can it serve as a first step toward increased student communication and collaboration? How can project based learning enhance cultural responsiveness and help support English learners as assets to our school communities?
We discuss these questions and much more with Elizabeth Leone, an ESL teacher and Project-based Learning (PBL) coach in Manchester, New Hampshire. She teaches in a sheltered instructional setting for newcomers from all over the world. She completed her Masters in TESOL and her undergraduate studies in Elementary Education.
Elizabeth is passionate about making learning more equitable and attainable for all students, especially those with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). She uses project-based learning as a way to meet learners where they are with their language skills and rapidly streamline their education to get them into mainstream classes. Using PBL strategies, she is able to simultaneously work on language acquisition, content education, and 21st century skills in a way that keeps them motivated to learn.
During our conversation, we referenced the following resources:
- PBLWorks Website
- Equity Talk with Pedro Noguera
- Teach Like a Pirate, by David Burgess
- Start With the Why, by Simon Sinek
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