Dearborn Public Schools

November, 2015

Socratic Seminars in Action

AVID students at Stout Middle School are practicing Socratic Seminars.  The linked video (below) captures a Socratic Seminar based on an article claiming all students should have paid employment while going to school. Socratic Seminars are structured, collaborative dialogues, focusing on a common text or resource.  Students prepare for the dialogue by analyzing the text and preparing questions to spur the discussion.  This strategy … Read more

A Focus on Academic Language and Literacy

Nowlin teachers plan for academic language and literacy by starting with a short, engaging text tied to the content.  They then attended to specific criteria for selecting academic vocabulary for in-depth instruction including an academic word sort, structured reading and structured writing.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the WIDA Consortium’s next generation English language proficiency assessment system.  Beginning February 2016, we will begin administration of this new summative assessment from grades 1–12.  An online assessment will replace the earlier paper-based assessment. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each … Read more

UM-D Title III Grant – Star Saturday SIOP class

Dearborn teachers taking the SIOP course with instructor Maura Sedgeman use the Common Core standards to create a story. Take a look at how teams of teachers combine academics and their ingenuity to demonstrate  literary elements in action on Saturday, October 31st!

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