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Saturday, April 27 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Literacy and ELD strategies Across the Content Areas

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Valley High School in Escondido offers a Connections course once a day to all students enrolled. The Connections course is a trimester long course that can be repeated for elective credit.  The Connections class is intended to help students make the academic, career and college connections necessary to become successful in high school and post-secondary endeavors across interdisciplinary areas. The classroom and extended learning experiences will provide students with conceptual understanding and development in the following areas: goal setting, personal focus of responsibility, ownership of personal actions, decision making/problem solving, time management, organizational skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, college/career readiness, financial literacy, computer skills, community service learning and development of a professional portfolio. Due to the developmental nature of the acquisition and mastery of all course components, this course is to be taught with fluidity which emphasizes skills in advancing levels of application which will include site adopted literacy routines aligned to both English Language Arts and College & Career Readiness Standards. Each unit of study is designed to foster student growth in content literacy (reading and writing).  All units are broken down to facilitate student participation in a required reading/writing activity two days per week.  Students may be enrolled in Connections up to two years and will continue to develop their skill, for a maximum of six trimesters of coursework. I intend to present on this course and how it can be adopted and modified to be taught in other continuation school settings. It can be a stand-alone curriculum or the literacy strategies can be applied across the content areas.

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Esthela Ledezma

Teacher, EUHSD

Catarina Garcia Kohnen

School District Employee, EUHSD/ Valley High School


Saturday April 27, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
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