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New Teachers get “SIOP”ized!

Several of our new teachers participated in Day #2 of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) training at Woodworth Middle School last week.  They applied instructional strategies that align with the Common Core and other content standards to deliver lessons that address the academic and linguistic needs of our English learners.   Our emphasis this session was on … Read more

Professional Learning Day

Language and Literacy Trainers facilitate learning at the school level on the district’s PD day.   Salina Intermediate staff engaged in a full day interactive workshop on establishing a language-rich interactive classroom.  The morning focused on reviewing the WIDA Standards Framework to deepen understanding of the performance definitions and appropriate linguistic accommodations based on students’ … Read more

All in a Week’s Work…

The 3D community comprised of Instructional Coaches, Special Education Support Staff and ELD Specialists met to review the MTSS process.  The MTSS framework is grounded in the shared responsibility of assuring that all students have access to learning and are given instruction to be successful in school.   School leadership teams will facilitate ongoing professional learning … Read more

United in Purpose, Unique in Practice

Team members attended the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference.  It is one of the largest and most prominent conferences dedicated to PreK-Grade 12 EL educators and administrators.  It provided many opportunities to hear expert voices and learn about what other states and districts are doing to meet the needs of ELs.  Presenters shared current information relevant to … Read more

Bridging the Gap for MI Students

Team members from the EL Department represented Dearborn by showcasing best practices at the MAS/FPS Fall Institute on Wednesday and Thursday. Building Bridges to Understand Our Diverse Students Fostering Academic Language and Literacy for ALL The sessions had great reviews by participants!

New on Colorin Colorado – A Highlight on Dearborn’s Efforts

The team at Colorin Colorado, a bilingual site for parents and educators of ELs  had been compiling information on how schools are supporting immigrant families over the past 6 months through a series of Q&As. They were interested in learning more about the work our team does with ELs and immigrant students in Dearborn with … Read more

Michigan’s Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy

Members of the EL Department and several instructional coaches attended a valuable four day workshop delving into Michigan’s released “Essential Instructional Practices in  Early Literacy: K to 3“. Michigan educators launched the workshop by making a case for research.  They reminded the audience that just because something is written in a book or article does … Read more

Special Populations

Members of the EL Department attended the 2-day Special Populations Conference organized by the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Field Services.  Field Services’ primary goal is to support schools in helping all students learn and achieve high standards.  Kellie Bugaski, Ameena Elder and Nadra Shami shared their expertise by facilitating sessions at the conference. … Read more

Welcoming A New Member to Our EL Department

Jeannine Oynoian is the new face in the EL Department. Jeannine filled Maura Sedgeman’s position after Maura retired in July.   Jeannine comes to us from Whitmore Bolles and previously Oakman Elementary where she served as an Instructional Coach.  Her new title is Language and Literacy SIOP Trainer. She is here to serve the department … Read more

Summer Learning at FHS

Fordson teachers paused their summer vacation to review Language and Literacy TIPS for a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom this August in preparation for the new school year. These TIPS include: Total Particpation of all students Incorporating Academic Language Promoting Academic Literacy and Language Scaffolding for all Literacy Levels. This dedicated group of educators shared lots of wonderful ideas … Read more

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