The video showcases a SOAR professional learning series we facilitated for teams from across the LAUSD six local districts.
Check out our new book published by Teachers College Prep: Literacy Classrooms that SOAR: Strategic Observation And Reflection in the Elementary Grades.
The Strategic Observation and Reflection (SOAR) Teaching Frames, which are anchored in the Common Core State Standards and state standards for the teaching profession, provide teachers with the resources they need to plan and implement equitable and rigorous learning experiences for every student. Our book, Literacy Classrooms that S.O.A.R.: Strategic Observation and Reflection in the Elementary Grades, contains specific examples of what it looks like to offer, and differentiate, opportunities for all students to engage with complex informational texts, use evidence in research and writing, discuss sophisticated disciplinary content, and work collaboratively to present ideas and communicate multiple perspectives.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Ruben Reyes, Superintendent
Robla School District,
“The SOAR frames have been the foundation for our current work in the district to transform our instructional practice. Not only do the frames provide us with common language and specific definitions of effective teaching practices, but they have also served as a detailed model for teachers, principals, and coaches. The frames have given our teachers specific strategies to implement and refine, which more actively engage students in their learning.”
Dr. Ivonne Borrero, EL/SPED Supervisor
Boston Public Schools
After taking the initial training on SOAR’s Disciplinary Discussions Frame, I wanted to see how it worked in a classroom setting. Esperanza Elementary School in Los Angeles was kind enough to allow me to spend a morning in their building. I was amazed when students as young as Kindergarten were engaged in discussions on a variety of topics. The consistent use of the frame across all grades was evident. In depth discussions around Science, Math, and
Language Arts at all levels were taking place in every classroom with students at all ELD levels. I’m very excited to begin this work in my district as soon as possible to support our ELs and their teachers
Maricela Sanchez, Director
Los Angeles Unified School District
“SOAR helped us to understand what disciplinary language is - what it looks like and sounds like in a classroom. SOAR supported teachers in planning and understanding language teaching practices, and supported coaches and administrators in observing, collecting evidence, and facilitating reflective conversations to improve delivery of instruction focused on student academic interactions. SOAR helped teachers shift in their thinking and truly understand what it means to be a teacher of language and literacy!”