Secondary ELD Specialists engaged in a second day of early literacy development in order to meet the needs of newcomers.
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.
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!
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.