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 of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The online test contains similar item types to the original paper-based test, with new features made possible through the use of the online test environment.
^screenshot of Listening practice test
The Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments will not change from previous years and remain paper-based.
Bilingual Resource Teachers had a full day of learning today.
- The day started by delving into Language and Literacy to review the 7 Steps of a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom using the 12-minute research strategy.
- The learning continued by revisiting the RAN strategy and discussing benefits and adaptations for all levels from Kindergarten to 12th grade. (see previous blog for more information on how to implement this strategy with students.)
- Another important focus included a topic essential to English Learners… Oral Language Development! With explicit instruction and the right resources in hand, ELs can learn the patterns of the English Language by repeated encounters with language structures that have a gradient of difficulty.
- Finally, Resource Teachers spent an adequate amount of time sharing important feedback by participating in WIDA’s validation survey before the finalization of the NEW 2016 Can Do Descriptors.
Susan Stanley, Principal at Salina Elementary reflects on this week’s Language and Literacy work related to Planning and Teaching with the ELA Standards in Mind:
“We have had some very powerful learning this week at Salina Elementary. I truly believe that our staff has made great leaps in their understanding of Content and Language Objectives as they apply to their grade level standards. Taking the time to dissect and plan those standards into meaningful learning for our ELs with a common vocabulary, stretched our beliefs and learning for us all.
The teachers left excited and renewed. It was the definition of an effective PLC. Amy Markos is such an excellent facilitator. We are all going to see the results of this week of learning.
On behalf of the teachers and students of Salina, thank you again for bringing this learning to our building.”
The successful implementation of standards-based instruction requires teachers to embrace a continuous improvement cycle that focuses on effective teaching and learning practices.
With guidance by Dr. Melissa Castillo, the principal trainer of MelCast Educational Consulting, teachers at Oakman Elementary are reflecting deeply on their content and language objectives aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
They have committed to looking at the standards to make good decisions about the skills they need to teach aligned to those standards. The planning continues by then designing an academic task aligned to the standard that can be used to measure how well students are meeting the standards.
Dr. Amy Markos, National Language and Literacy consultant and trainer, is back in town working with dedicated staff from Geer Park and Salina Elementary. The goal for the PD is to help teachers understand the ELA standards and how they look like when teaching and learning within the literacy framework. She also worked to guide them toward planning measurable, observable Content and Language Objectives during reading instruction. It was a great, meaningful day of learning!
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If you are interested in starting an ESL Endorsement with Wayne State University, please attend the following:
It’s official! The MDE grant, focusing on teacher preparation, was awarded to the University of Michigan-Dearborn on September 28. This is a partnership with Dearborn Public Schools for 30 K-12 teachers to receive 6 credits towards their ESL Endorsement. The two classes will take place on Saturdays at ASC in the Fall and Winter terms. One class focuses on Second Language Teaching through SIOP and the other class concentrates on the foundationf reading with an emphasis on adapting reading instruction and assessment for English Language Learners. We are very grateful to Associate Professor Martha A. Adler, University of Michigan-Dearborn for seeking this grant for Dearborn Public Schools, and to Jill Chochol, Rose Aldubaily, Maura Sedgeman, Ross Groover and Nadra Lamberti for making this vital opportunity a reality.