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Powerful Practices for Supporting English Learners - Elevating Diverse Assets and Identities

by: Fern Westernoff, Stephaney Jones-Vo, Paula Markus


A brief overview to learn more about this new resource that includes many strategies to students of diverse background focussed around essential questions and answers.  Many students scenarios come from Ontario schools and educators.   Paula Markus is a former ERGO member and ESL/ELD Program Coordinator at the TDSB.  We loved onnecting with these 3 experienced authors to learn more about their book and the others who who we were able to join in the conversation.


Watch the recording - June 2021







Professional Learning for ERGO Members-

Helaine Marshall


Learn about supporting students with limited prior schooling (LPS) or also known as students with limited or interupted formal education (SLIFE)  with Helaine Marshall.






Learn more:







Chapter 1






Texts for English Language Learners - Pearson Big Ideas Series

Ontario teachers are invited to join us for a brief overview of the Pearson Big Ideas series for ELLs.  This series includes adapted texts for junior/intermediate/senior students beginning to learn to read.  The science and social studies topics are based on the Ontario curriculum for grades 4-6.  This session is intended as awareness and not as an endorsement of the Pearson products.  


Big Ideas Series - Information















Watch brief overview of the Big Ideas Series from Pearson Canada  (hard copy and digital) - May 2021
















Texts for English Language Learners - Oxford

Learn about Oxford's resources that may be useful for ELLs in junior/intermediate/senior grades in Ontario schools.   A brief overview of the Bookworms, Dominoes and Read and Discover series.   This session is intended as awareness and not as an endorsement of the Oxford products.



Click here to purchase the Oxford Picture Dictionary on RedShelf.com

Click here for our Graded Reader Catalogue

Click here for sample pages for the following graded reader series (click on the green “look inside” button):


Watch the brief overview of Oxford Canada resources - April 2021







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Texts for English Language Learners - Scholastic Talk About Series

Learn about the Scholastic Talk About Series of levelled non-fiction readers intended for ELLs in Ontario schools.   The Talk About series includes activites teachers can use to extend the conversations and learning.  The topics focus on vocabulary and information about the world around us and connect to the science curriculum.  Teachers are invited to join us for a brief overview of this non-fiction series intended for students learning English in grades 3-12.  This session is intended as awareness and not as an endorsement of Scholastic products.







Watch the brief overview of the Talk About Series - March 2021









ERGO Book Club - February & March 2021

Lead by:  Carrie Mage (WCDSB)  and Sharon Newmaster (WDSB)


Thank you to all the ERGO members who joined this book club!  



Named one of Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2020 and one of the best books of the month by The New York Times, Salon, Vanity Fair, Bustle, The Millions, and Vogue, and featuring stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, this revelatory book of fiction from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa establishes her as an essential new voice in Canadian and world literature. Told with compassion and wry humour.





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Guest speaker for ERGO members


Esther Park

Watch the recording of this webinar



Share your thoughts of and learning from the webinar on Twitter using @ERGO.


Esther met with ERGO members on February 19, 2021 to share her tips and strategies (and enthusiam) for engaging and connecting with ELLs in the virtual learning environment. 


You can visit Esther's active Twitter, Instagram and website for hands on, easy to use tips and shared templates that are ready to for teachers to use in their own classrooms.  Esther has been an inspiration for many Ontario educators in growing their tech skills to provide opportunities to develop English skills while participating in curriculum learning.





ERGO Meetings

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ORNG Events


What are ORNG members talking about?

  • The destreaming of Ontario's grade 9 math courses for the 2021-2022 school year means the initial math assessments completed in reception centres and by math teachers across the province will have to be changed.   Some boards are working on changing their board's assessments.
  • As students arrive to secondary schools in Ontario from other countries with gaps in their education there is often a need to learn math skills taught in the elementary grades.  At this time some school boards are finding various ways accommodate this learning by suplimenting existing creative course codes to provide opportunities for these students to develop the mathematical skills to be successful in mainstream applied or academic math courses.
  • Initial assessors across Ontario are completing virtual initial language assessments using various platforms such as Google Jamboard, pencil paper and cameras and Google Forms.   Some boards are not doing math assessments in a virtual environment.  




Not Your Grandma's Book Study - webinar

May 14, 2020

Tan Huynh, Dr. Katie Toppel & Carol Salva lead a webinar for ERGO leadership. The focus was helping leadership facilitate book studies in our new online environment. Katie Toppel & Tan Huyhn are founders of #ELLchat_BkClub. Carol Salva co-authored Boosting Achievement and leads many online book studies.  Tan Huynh's Empowering ELLs website is a valuable resource for ESL/ELD teachers.


ERGO - book club webinar - slides



Watch the webinar:

Carol Salva - YouTube Channel 



Professional Learning Opportunity for ERGO Members

January - June 2020


Book Study for ERGO members:  Breaking Down the Wall



ERGO members participated in this book study lead by Sharon Newmaster (CODE) and Carrie Mage (WCDSB).  ERGO members can contact Sharon or Carrie for access to the shared Google Slides that document the shared learning from this book study.







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