The EL Department hosted the first district parent meeting of the year this week. Topics included information about the 2019 bond, food service information for parents, and curriculum discussions on elementary and middle school math. Many thanks to the district food service team (Jeff Murphy, Josh Bain and Enas Maki), Math curriculum coaches (Rita Stergalis and Mona Saleh), and Hassane Jafaar. The next meeting is in January.
Colorin Colorado released a 20-minute film, You Are Welcome Here, which showcases the ways in which our district is helping immigrant students succeed, featuring Salina Elementary School and Salina Intermediate School.
(click on the title link above to watch.)
Kellie Bugajski and Nadra Shami had the honor of being featured speakers this year at the Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) Annual Conference. This institute inspires educators and provides practical strategies that can be implemented immediately in classrooms. This ensures that English Learners are not only able to feel a greater sense of belonging, but also receive the tools they need to excel in core academic classes. Both Nadra and Kellie presented on topics related to Culturally Responsive teaching. MaryEllen Vogt, SIOP author and national presenter, spoke very highly of Dearborn Public Schools’ fidelity and implementation of SIOP methodologies.
A couple years ago, the Edsel Ford team organized the EL Mentoring committee with the help of the Dearborn Rotary Club. Third and fourth year ELs mentor incoming freshmen throughout the year. They are provided with opportunities to meet, interact and attend field trips.
The “My Potential” EL Mentoring Club had its 2nd Career Fair at EFHS yesterday. ELs in the mentoring club were able to hear from a variety of speakers to learn about various professions.
Special thanks to the Edsel Ford team and their Bilingual Department’s mentors and mentees in helping make this event successful.
The EL Department hosted another district parent meeting. Language and Literacy Trainers facilitated segments on the different assessments administered to K-12 students. NWEA, MSTEP, P/SAT and WIDA were explained followed by links to parent and student resources. Many thanks to Nadia Makled in the District Assessment office for her collaboration in helping the EL Department Team put the information together for parents.
Secondary ELD and Title I teachers participated in day 1 of a three day professional learning opportunity on early literacy.
Day 1 included participants engaging in planning differentiated reading instruction for beginning level English Learners as well as learning about various formative assessments to monitor growth.