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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.   Teachers are invited to join us for 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.

This session will be recorded and posted on the ERGO website.


When:  Wednesday, April 21   at 3:30-3:45pm


Link for virtual meeting:  
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Meeting ID: 881 2582 9361
Passcode: ERGO

Learn more about the Oxford Picture Dictionary and related resources for teachers:






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 topics are based on the Ontario curriculum.  This session is intended as awareness and not as an endorsement of the Pearson products.  





When:  Tuesday, May 4 at 3:30-3:45


Link for virtual meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 2130 6350
Passcode: ERGO








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.

This session will be recorded and posted on the ERGO website.






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 and #ERGObkclub.


Esther met with ERGO members on February 19, 2021 to share her tips and strategies (and enthusiams) 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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