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Project CORE

Common Core en Español: Framework for Biliteracy

Presented by: Silvia Dorta Reyes de Duque

Second Professional Development Institute for SDSU Project CORE

By: Sandra Cajigas 

On Friday, October 17, 2014 in an all-day professional development workshop, nationally renowned Ms. Silvia Dorta Duque de Reyes presented to the Project Core group of Bilingual Teacher Candidates from San Diego State University. Ms. Reyes, a lead contributor to writing the Project CORE grant, worked for the San Diego County Office of Education as Spanish Language Arts Coordinator for the past 23 years. She contributed to the development of the new California ELD standards and the ELA/ELD Framework as expert panelist and committee member for the California State Department of Education. Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes is currently serving as Senior National Biliteracy Consultant and author for Benchmark Education Company in New York. Project Core participants enjoyed the dynamics of inteacting with Ms. Reyes.Ms. Reyes .

In collaboration with the California Department of Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Ms. Dorta-Duque de Reyes also coordinated the official Spanish Language translation and linguistic augmentation of the Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics.

The Dual Language and English Learner Education Department workshop, was scheduled from 9 AM to 3 PM, for the Project CORE participants, and held at the San Diego County Office of Education site. It was titled, “Common Core State Standards Initiative,…EN ESPANOL.” The presenter, Ms. Dorta-Duque de Reyes, provided an overview of the development of Common Core Standards en Español Project from the fascinating viewpoint of one who not only lived this endeavor, but was one of the main characters in this historical narrative!

students presenting

The Bilingual Teacher Candidates currently spend about 30 to 40 hours a week at a school site in their Student Teaching Practicum as well as several hours a week in their courses at SDSU, but an additional six Professional Development Institutes throughout the year are also a requirement in order to participate in Project Core. They keep busy! This was the second Institute of the year.

students working in classroom 

Ms. Dorta- Duque de Reyes provided a teacher-centered professional development (PLCs) focusing on the cognitive and linguistic needs of English Learners. Ms. Reyes introduced and demonstrated how to align curriculum objectives and language tasks to students’ levels of language acquisition via lesson study, close reading, and differentiated and explicit cross-linguistic skill transference instruction. After a delicious lunch break with music and sharing, the group enthusiastically gathered again to participate in a practicum on the subject of cross-linguistic analysis and transfer. Ms. Dorta-Duque de Reyes explained the foundational knowledge of language skill transference through explicit instruction. The students poured over text, analyzing it and designed standard aligned lessons that included teaching and learning strategies. Each collaborative group then presented and shared their work to the rest of the audience. The day ended with a drawing for colorful educational materials. The group engaged in meaningful learning activities to support Common Core implementation specifically addressing English Language Learners. They will be well prepared to teach as working professionals in Dual Language, Biliteracy, and language immersion schools.

sylvia student presentation 

Photos by:Ana Pines

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