On behalf of our ELL Department, I want to thank all of the wonderful ESL and Bilingual teachers, campus administrators, and support staff for allowing us to provide a breadth of insightful learning opportunities for our ELL community. Below is a sampling of what we have accomplished this year with your ongoing support:
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Guided Reading, an Essential Component of the Balanced Literacy Block and Sound Instructional Adaptations for ELLs.
- Toolkit: Incorporating the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) into Lesson Plans; Classroom Word Walls – Is Yours a Tool or a Decoration?
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Phonemic Awareness and ELLs
- Toolkit: Anchor Charts
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Graphophonic and Holistic Reading Strategies for ELLs
- Toolkit: iPad APPs for ELLs; Back by popular demand, Anchor Charts!
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Fluency and ELLs
- Toolkit: Apps and Electronic Curriculum Resources for ELLs
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Vocabulary and ELLs
- Toolkit: None offered this month due to holiday break
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: None offered this month due to TELPAS Assessment training sessions
- Toolkit: Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs
- District ESL PLC and Bilingual Teacher Academy: Reading Comprehension and Questioning Strategies Workshop
- Toolkit: Reading Comprehension and Questioning Strategies Workshop
In addition, we held two Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) by Fountas and Pinnell Workshops – one for the elementary level and one for the middle school level. We also conducted a two day training and Instructional Round for the Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers (RIGOR) intervention by Margarita Calderon and also held an ESL Academy Workshop at the District level for teachers to prepare them for the ESL certification exam (with another one scheduled for this summer).
As always, we conducted LPAC trainings, TELPAS trainings, data integrity checks and held ELL Advisory Council meetings. We were also able to reach over 50 Newcomers across our school district with our Newcomer Specialists.
Thank you for this very productive school year and for your ongoing support of ELLs throughout the district. It truly takes a targeted effort and ongoing collaboration at all levels to impact the learning outcomes of children. We look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year filled with learning and the spirit of collegiality. Here is a glimpse of exciting things on the horizon for next year: Bilingual Teacher Training: Meeting the Needs of One, Some, and All in the Bilingual Classroom: How to use Differentiated Instruction and Sound Bilingual Instructional Practices to Meet the Diverse Language Acquisition Needs of your Bilingual Students; Newcomer training: Evidence-based Strategies for Supporting Newcomers and Other ELLs who are at the Beginning Stages of English Language Acquisition, Written Expression: The Connection between Developing Language Skills and Written Expression: How to Help your ELLs Develop and Improve Written Expression Skills.
Many wishes for a restful and relaxing summer with your loved ones,
Grace Benson, Ed.S.