Dearborn Public Schools

October, 2015

Full Steam Ahead

Bilingual Resource Teachers had a full day of learning today. The day started by delving into Language and Literacy to review the 7 Steps of a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom using the 12-minute research strategy. The learning continued by revisiting the RAN strategy and discussing benefits and adaptations for all levels from Kindergarten to 12th grade. … Read more

Learning Through Reflection

Susan Stanley, Principal at Salina Elementary reflects on this week’s Language and Literacy work related to Planning and Teaching with the ELA Standards in Mind: “We have had some very powerful learning this week at Salina Elementary.  I truly believe that our staff has made great leaps in their understanding of Content and Language Objectives as they apply to … Read more

Keeping the Focus

The successful implementation of standards-based instruction requires teachers to embrace a continuous improvement cycle that focuses on effective teaching and learning practices. With guidance by Dr. Melissa Castillo, the principal trainer of MelCast Educational Consulting, teachers at Oakman Elementary are reflecting deeply on their content and language objectives aligned to the Common Core State Standards … Read more

Planning with the Standards in Mind

Dr. Amy Markos, National Language and Literacy consultant and trainer, is back in town working with dedicated staff from Geer Park and Salina Elementary.  The goal for the PD is to help teachers understand the ELA standards and how they look like when teaching and learning within the literacy framework.  She also worked to guide them toward … Read more

Have you RAN lately?

Unis Middle school students have been busy practicing Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction (R.A.N.) in all content area classes.  This strategy helps students organize their ideas on a chart to make their thinking visible.  The chart is divided into columns labeled with headings that include: What I Think I Know Confirmed information Misconceptions New Learning Wonderings … Read more

ESL Endorsement Courses – WSU

If you are interested in starting an ESL Endorsement with Wayne State University, please attend the following: WSU ESL Informational and Enrollment Meeting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:30 meeting OR 4:30 meeting ASC Room 25   Dr. Elizabeth Hopkins and Dr. Mary Walker will both be here to explain the program and to register students into the … Read more

Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant

It’s official!  The MDE grant, focusing on teacher preparation, was awarded to the University of Michigan-Dearborn on September 28.  This is a partnership with Dearborn Public Schools for 30 K-12 teachers to receive 6 credits towards their ESL Endorsement.  The two classes will take place on Saturdays at ASC in the Fall and Winter terms.  … Read more

EL Identification and Placement

To register their children in the Dearborn Public Schools, parents complete the home language survey during the enrollment process.  If a student has any language other than English in either “Home Language” or “1st Language spoken”, he/she will be considered as potentially eligible for English language acquisition services.  The bilingual resource teacher then administers the … Read more

Feeder Tracks

The EL Department has been reorganized to reflect the feeder track model. Among other duties, each Language and Literacy SIOP trainer has been assigned to a feeder track: Maura Sedgeman–Dearborn High feeder school track Kellie Bugajski–Fordson feeder school track Nadra Shami–Edsel Ford feeder school track Ameena Elder–New K-12 Departmental Teacher Support

On Track!

Stout Middle School and Salina Intermediate successfully kicked off the school year with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.  Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help … Read more

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