Essential Practices 6-12

ELD Specialists and Title I teachers collaborated with secondary math and literacy coaches and coordinators in the 6-12 Essential Literacy Practices.  The focus of the Essential Practices at the secondary level is on disciplinary literacy.  Participants delved into deep discussion and analysis of essential practice #1 through several activities.


Secondary Teachers Collaborating     


A Campus Visit to U of M Dearborn

Fordson High School EL students toured the campus of U of M Dearborn which had a major impact on them.   The students were greeted by the Admissions Counselor Ms. Tubbs and presented with the history of U of M, admissions/financial aid, and programs offered to students.

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Secondary Early Literacy Training

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.


ELD Specialists and Title 1 teachers collaborating together at a table.


ELD Specialists and Title 1 teachers collaborating together at a table.

ESEA Distinguished Schools

Maples Elementary School was recognized by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) as a National ESEA Distinguished School.  Maples Elementary is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2018.  Congratulations students, teachers and administrators for representing Dearborn and Michigan!


District Parent Meeting

January 29, 2018

The EL Department hosted another district parent meeting.  Language and Literacy Trainers facilitated segments on strategies that integrated reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Parents were engaged and were excited to try the same strategies with their children at home.


Language and Literacy

A 3-day Language and Literacy workshop for NEW teachers in the EF Feeder Track was launched on Wednesday, January 16.  Teachers from Geer, Miller, Salina Intermediate and Snow attended.

The workshop provides a seven step process that creates a language-rich interactive classroom environment in which all students can thrive. Topics include instructional practices for students at a variety of language proficiency levels, keeping all students engaged, and creating powerful learning supports.  Strategies also focus on structured opportunities for listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Day 1 Handouts and Materials

Here’s what some teachers had to share:
“The most valuable part of today’s workshop was the part on deciphering WIDA scores for appropriate levels to get a visual on where students are with their language proficiency.  This will allow me to better my instruction for students.”
“Everything I learned today was so valuable!  If I had to choose one, it would have to be the accommodations I can do for ELs based on their WIDA scores…and how to pair AB partners.  Thank you!”
“The most valuable part of today’s workshop was making sure to include all students during every activity and making it imperative that everyone is involved in listening, writing, speaking and reading.  I will focus on the strategies provided and include them in my lessons.”
“It was a very informative workshop.  I was able to make connections to my classroom and how I would be able to optimize instruction.”  
“The most valuable part of today’s workshop was the sharing of strategies and practices that I can immediately use in my classroom.  I loved it!  I feel empowered to help ELs!”

District Parent Meeting

The EL Department hosted the first District Parent Meeting of 2018-2019 on Monday, October 22nd.   The goal is to continue supporting our district vision of establishing partnerships with parents and addressing our families’ needs.  Our focus this year is on instructional strategies that make connections between the expectations of school and learning at home. Our ELD Specialists recruited parents that were willing to bring back information learned to share with other parents at their child’s school.

The parents were actively engaged in four rounds of small group instruction led by the EL Trainers.  The EL Trainers focused on Reading Foundational skills that are closely aligned to the Michigan Department of Education Essential Practices for Early Literacy.

Oral Language Development – Visual Thinking Strategy

Phonics and/or Word Work – Frayer model supporting Academic Language

Guided Reading – Echo Reading and Dyad Reading to emphasize fluency

Writing – Expanding sentences with a focus on Parts of Speech

New Teacher PD- Culturally Responsive Teaching

Ameena Elder and Nadra Shami facilitated an hour long presentation titled “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Getting to Know Your Arab Students” to 55 new teachers across the district.  This presentation examined the mismatch between Arab home culture and US school culture in order to support the advancement of educational equity in the classroom. Participants developed an understanding of the cultural capital students bring and how implementation of culturally responsive practices can impact social and academic success.  Our department received positive feedback following the presentation.


ELD & Title 1 Meeting: Focus on Essential Practice 3

October ELD & Title I Meetings

Our monthly day of professional learning with the ELD specialists and Title 1 teachers was a success.  For targeted professional learning secondary and elementary are divided into separate groups.  The focus was on the Literacy Essential Practice #3 – Small Group Instruction. Some of the topics addressed included explicit instruction, fluency techniques and comprehension strategies.  We also discussed the importance of giving ALL students an opportunity to grapple with grade level text as some of our best instructional moments are in small groups.


Starting the School Year with Teaching and Learning

New Teachers PD

The EL Department welcomed newly hired teachers on August 14th with a full day professional development.  The professional development included planning with the standards in mind and writing content and language objectives.

Teachers engaged in a strategy

Essential Practices in Literacy

The EL Department welcomed ELD Specialists back by rolling out Michigan’s Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.  The purpose is to “increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state.”

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SIOP in the Secondary Content Areas

New secondary teachers actively engaged in an overview of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and Language & Literacy in a session designed for their specific content—SIOP for Science, SIOP for Social Studies, SIOP for Math, and SIOP for English Language Arts .

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District Keynote – A Focus on PLCs

The district was fortunate to have Eric Twadell, Ph.D., Superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School from Lincolnshire, Illinois as the Keynote speaker on August 23, 2018.  Dr. Twadell had an engaging presentation to support the PLC Process which will help us move from “Good To Great.”

selfie with Superintendent Maleyko