Parent Meeting: Things to Do with Kids this Summer

The EL Department hosted another New Parent Meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018 to continue supporting our district vision of establishing a partnership with parents and addressing their families’ needs through school and community outreach.

The purpose of the meeting was to invite representatives from several community outreach organizations to share resources and support with a focus on Things to Do with Kids this Summer.  The information provided included:

Hype – Camps and Program offerings, Fadia Farhat

Hype Athletics Community supports the development of diverse athletic participation and competition, educational tutoring and literacy development, and social awareness including mentoring, counseling, life skills training and substance abuse education and prevention.  The facility includes a swimming pool, basketball courts, and a female-only gym. Flyers were given to parents that describe the variety of programs offered at the two Hype locations.  In addition, information about the SMART bus system that can provide transportation to and from each location was discussed.

 

 

Henry Ford Centennial Library Library Card Applications and Resources, Daniel Sczomak and Kristen Bussell

 

The library representatives discussed free resources available and what is needed to obtain a free library card at the three libraries in Dearborn.  Parents were given applications to complete and return to the library. Daniel and Kristen discussed the free programs and resources the library offers for all ages including;

  • Summer reading programs
  • Collections of books in Arabic and English
  • Monday and Thursday evenings ESL Conversation Circles for adults
  • Audio CDs for loans
  • Books that help prepare for the citizenship test
  • Magazine and newspapers in Arabic
  • Website Resources

Dearborn Parks and Recreation – Camps and parks with recreational playground programs, Erica Lyght

 

 

The City of Dearborn has seven community parks that offer vast recreational opportunities like organized sports, scheduled picnics and gatherings, and community playscapes.  The summer programs are taught by counselors who are certified teachers and certified college students.  Erica shared flyers and the website, http://dearbornfordcenter.com/, that list the various summer programs including; outdoor activities, arts academy, outdoor aquatic programs and a variety of sports programs.  She also explained the membership options that are available.

 

 

Dearborn Police – Community Safety and National Night, Corporal Daniel Bartok

 

Corporal Bartok encouraged parents to be engaged within the community.  He discussed how police officers in the community are there to ensure students are safe in schools, that they are highly  visible during significant community events, and to create an open dialogue with the community and their children regarding seeking help when needed.

The Annual National night is being held on Tuesday, August 27, 2018 from 5-8 pm.  This free event will feature fun activities like a bounce house for kids, a dunk tank, music, police equipment on display and a chance for residents to see various police and fire vehicles up close.  The purpose of National Night Out is to send a message to criminals that “neighborhoods are organized, working with police and are fighting back against crime.” Increasing awareness of crime prevention programs is another key element of the program.

Presenters share information with parents.

Summer STAND – Students Taking a New Direction, Hassan Ozeir

Dearborn will hold their annual summer STAND program.  Supervised fun,

transportation, and lunch will be provided at NO CHARGE.  Students are selected on a first come, first serve basis and fosters leadership skills, participation in community service, includes character building activities while having fun this summer.  The students will enjoy structured arts and crafts activities and then donate products to charities, team sports and activities, and performances such as art and talent shows. Hassan shared with parents the details such as;

  • Register on online and/or call number on website
  • Applications are turned in to Student Services office by May 31, 2018
  • Program runs 9-3 p.m., June 26 – August 2nd
  • Upcoming 3rd grade – 8th grade are eligible to attend

 

 

Colorin Colorado! Resources – Summer Reading Tips

 

We provided Summer Reading Tips for parents translated in Arabic. These one-page parent tips offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers.

 

Dearborn Hosts MDE-Sponsored Workshop

The EL team engaged in a two-day WIDA workshop at ASC sponsored by MDE.  The workshop titled Scaffolding Learning Through Language  supports WIDA’s core mission to provide equitable learning opportunities for multilingual children and youth with diverse cultural and linguistic experiences.  Scaffolding UP signifies a shift from understanding scaffolding as being the routine supports that students use to seeing scaffolding as a set of dynamic practices in the classroom.

EL Team members working collaboratively to complete a task.

PPT Slide from workshop

Colorin Colorado in Dearborn Schools

Colorin Colorado  will showcase Dearborn Public Schools on an upcoming project.  The goal is to create a produced video piece and companion resources about the ways in which Dearborn schools support ELs, immigrant students, and their families.

Their initial visit to Dearborn was on April 13, 2018 by Christian Lindstrom.   The purpose of the preliminary visit was to help arrange filming schedules, logistics, and necessary permissions before filming.

During this visit, Christian had the opportunity to explore how Dearborn comprehensively and systematically supports students and their families, specifically immigrant and English Learners.  She started her day by sitting in on a parent meeting hosted at Salina Elementary, followed by parent interviews about their experience in the country and the school.

She also visited several classrooms where newcomers were scheduled.  She observed whole group instruction, teacher-led small group instruction as well as student-centered group work. Additionally, Christian interviewed support staff, including social workers, parent liaisons, counselors, secretaries, ELD Specialists as well as building and district administrators.

Christian was also welcomed into the homes of two families.  She was given the opportunity to interview them and learn about their experience coming to the United States and their journey learning a new language and acculturating.

Teacher and students in the classrom

SIOP Professional Learning Opportunity this Summer

Moving ELs Toward Proficiency by Implementing SIOP

Date: July 17, 18, 19, 2018
Location: Wayne County Community College District -EPAC Room
Downriver Campus
21000 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180

There is NO FEE for this workshop and LUNCH is provided.  Participants should purchase the text and bring it with them.

Outcomes for Participants:
• Analyze SIOP components by actively participating in structured speaking, reading, and writing tasks.
• Apply strategies for English learners by planning and adapting them for use in the classroom.
• Infuse formative assessment into daily instruction

Required text: 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP Model 1st Edition by MaryEllen Vogt and Jana Echevarria. This book is practical for classroom teachers and has an excellent overview and essential features for each component. In addition, it gets right to the lesson planning using the components.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

MSU Global Educators

On Friday, March 23, MSU students from the Global Educators Program (GEP) led by Dr. Margo Glew visited Dearborn.  The partnership with Dearborn has been seven years long.  The yearly visits to Dearborn have been a very positive experience for the students and a highlight of the program.

They spent their day visiting classrooms and then gathered for a culminating task and reflection led by the EL Department team. The focus was on positive classroom environments, instructional strategies, student engagement and parental involvement. Thank you to the staff at Edsel Ford HS, McCollough-Unis, Henry Ford, Geer Park and Miller for opening their doors.

Students collaborating to complete chart about their school visit. Students collaborating to complete chart about their school visit. Students collaborating to complete chart about their school visit. Students collaborating to complete chart about their school visit.

Oakman Teachers Lead Learning

Oakman teachers participated in Culturally Responsive Teaching during their late start last week.  The topic was Leading Learning for Children from Poverty.  After reading an article and discussion they collaborated to create anchor charts that represent six effective practices for teachers to help students to succeed.  These effective practices include:
  • Connecting and Validating students is accomplished when effective educators build relationships and believe all students can be successful.  Validating means the focus is shifted from what a student doesn’t know  to what a student can do.
  • Educating and Responding allows students to soar in welcoming, inviting, and structured classrooms.  Students are given multiple opportunities to succeed and are allowed to demonstrate mastery through learning style.  Responding includes ensuring time is built into the school day for the teacher to teach, reteach, and advance instruction.
  • Leading and Succeeding involves working together to develop the best environment for students. If every child is taught to his or her strengths, every child will preform and master content at higher levels.

Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

Dearborn EL and SIP members teamed up to attend the 2018 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 47th Annual Conference.  The NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  Our team had the opportunity to attend several high-quality sessions that focused on improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

The pre-conference institute, Empowering English Learners: A TEAM Approach for School Leaders was l​e​​d​ by John Seidlitz who is a familiar face in our district.  This institute was organized around four keys to administrator success in promoting achievement in bilingual students ​as a TEAM​:

       Transform Professional Development

       Elevate Program Expectations

       Advocate for English Learners

       Monitor and Adjust for Improvement

Another high impact session attended ​by members ​was Creating a Culturally Responsive School. We examined questions such as, “How do we create a school atmosphere where every student and staff member is seen and valued?”  Together, the participants explored what it will take to create a truly multicultural, responsive school community. 

​The EL and SIP teams are excited to implement some of these best practices with our Dearborn students.

EL and SIP team members pose next to a NABE conference sign

New Teachers Meet SIOP

EL Language and Literacy Trainers led an after school session for new teachers with a focus on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) strategies.  The session focused on developing academic language through structured word work, listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Here’s what teachers had to share in their feedback after the session:

The portion of the session that was the most helpful was…

“…going through a lesson ourselves so we could hands on see the strategies.”

“…working through the lesson and figuring out how to use the strategies in my classroom.”

“…the variety of strategies, questions, and the opportunity for communication and interaction with other groups.”

“I found that when we actually participated in the reading activities… it helped me get a better grasp on the intentions and benefits of the activity.”

New Teachers engage in group work as presenter facilitates workshop in Stout team room.

Teachers interact with vocabulary word cards before they read.

 

Two Mindsets

Fordson High School teachers spent their Thursday afternoon engaging in Professional Development.  The EL Department facilitated a Culturally Responsive Teaching session on Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets and their effects on student achievement.  Growth Mindset is the belief that intelligence, talents and abilities can be developed.  Students that demonstrate a growth mindset:
  • significantly outscore others in the areas of math and literacy
  • are more likely to recognize the importance of effort in academic success
  • seek out challenging academic tasks to enhance learning
  • value critical feedback
The teachers explored how to build a classroom culture that supports a growth mindset regardless of student background or experiences. It’s important to understand that it isn’t just about effort; students need to try new strategies and seek input from others when they’re stuck. Students need this repertoire of approaches—not just sheer effort—to learn and improve.  Keeping in mind that “Smart is something you become, not something you are”, the teachers committed to one action that will create a positive mindset in their classroom practices.