A Collective Statewide Coaching Collaborative
The EL Department Team attended the Collective Statewide Coaching Collaborative in Lansing in June. The overarching goal is to provide ongoing professional learning and opportunities for collaboration for Early Literacy Coaches and Leaders. Participants were supported to utilize the Essential Practices in Literacy and the Essential Coaching Practices to plan effective supports. The intended outcomes also included developing skills for helping educators meet the literacy needs of every child in every classroom every day.
WIDA LEA Advisory Committee
The WIDA LEA Advisory is made up of two representatives from each of the four regions that make up the WIDA member states (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). Nominated representatives serve on the LEA Advisory for a two-year term. Educators serving on the LEA Advisory Committee have opportunities to directly share input with WIDA. I have had the opportunity to serve on the committee since 2017, when I was nominated by the Michigan Department of Education. During the most recent meeting attended on June 26-27, 2018, a range of topics were discussed. The eight LEA Advisory members were presented with information from WIDA leaders followed by the opportunity to share their input in order to inform and support the consortium’s work.
AFT – ELL Educator Cadre
On June 28, 2018, Ameena Elder, one of our EL Trainers traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the ELL Educator Cadre. The ELL Educator Cadre is made up of twenty representatives from across the nation. Educators serving on the Cadre have the opportunity to provide expertise, guidance and raise awareness about the growing EL population across the country. The Cadre members review AFT policy on the education of ELs, advice the AFT on special projects such as Colorin Colorado and help develop materials on professional development for educators who work with ELs in various educational settings.
Professional Learning Communities
The EL department attended the Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute in Lincolnshire, Illinois on July 30-August 1, 2018. We attend many engaging sessions such as:
- Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change We are excited to bring back our knowledge from the institute to the district.
- English Learners and PLCs
- Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever IT Takes in Elementary Schools
- Protocols for Results Turning Data Into Information
- Bringing the Four PLC Questions to Life: Systems That Ensure ALL Students Learn
- Unpack and Make Yourself Comfortable Answering Critical Question One
- Living a Fully Engaged, High Energy, Well-Balanced Professional Life!
- Getting Started: Building Consensus and Responding to Resisters
We are excited to use the gains from this learning experience to help build our schools and district into a results-oriented professional learning community!