Beginning this year, core content educators in Colorado are required to complete ELL-specific professional learning in order to renew their license. You can get more information about these requirements here. The Colorado Department of Education has identified 4 areas in which teachers need to be proficient in order to support English Learners. In this post, I discuss the fourth standard: Educators are knowledgeable in the teaching strategies, including methods, materials, and assessment for CLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) students.
Who does the talking in your classroom? Even more important still, who does the thinking? How much does the answer to the second question depend on your response to the first? This blog post will break down the benefits of student talk in the 21st-century classroom.

NW BOCES is pleased to offer an independent study option to teachers in our service region. As a part of this course, participants complete a "public product" to share their experience and their learning. Below, Steamboat Springs High School teacher and guest blogger Ryan Ayala writes about the independent study he completed in Fall 2018. For more information about this course offering (or to sign up) visit