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ESL teachers improvise under Common Core

from New America Media

The nation's sweeping changes in education under the new Common Core State Standards have yet to catch up with teaching materials. That leaves educators like Sabrina Silverman with little choice but to spend extra time creating their own lesson plans, sometimes from scratch. Silverman, 25, is an English as a Second Language and math instructor at William C. Overfelt High School, part of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose. Some 74 percent of students at Overfelt are classified as English Language Learners. Statewide, ELL students account for about 22 percent of all public school students, according to the California Department of Education. more

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