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.
To register their children in the Dearborn Public Schools, parents complete the home language survey during the enrollment process. If a student has any language other than English in either “Home Language” or “1st Language spoken”, he/she will be considered as potentially eligible for English language acquisition services. The bilingual resource teacher then administers the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) to assess the student’s academic language development. An additional reading (and writing) assessment is administered for more information. The resource teacher reviews the data to determine eligibility for English language acquisition services.
The testing and placement process must be completed within 30 days from the beginning of the school year or within 10 days of enrollment thereafter.
Bilingual Resource Teachers have been busy screening potentially eligible English Learners since the start of the school year. So far for 2015-16, over 1,500 English Learners have been screened and enrolled into the EL program based on the entrance criteria set by the Michigan Department of Education.
The EL Department has been reorganized to reflect the feeder track model. Among other duties, each Language and Literacy SIOP trainer has been assigned to a feeder track:
Maura Sedgeman–Dearborn High feeder school track
Kellie Bugajski–Fordson feeder school track
Nadra Shami–Edsel Ford feeder school track
Ameena Elder–New K-12 Departmental Teacher Support
Stout Middle School and Salina Intermediate successfully kicked off the school year with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Come check out the bulletin board in the lobby of ASC with student testimonials on how AVID is already impacting their learning.
Two of our Language and Literacy schools, Salina Elmentary and Geer Park, worked collaboratively in grade level teams with Amy Markos (National L&L trainer) and Nadra Shami (District L&L trainer) last week to plan for instruction with the standards in mind. From understanding how the ELA and Math CCSS standards are structured to the pacing out of instruction, the staff at both Salina and Geer are taking a standards-based approach to teaching and learning.
The EL Department’s district staff launched the year with their first workshop/meeting with resource staff. Every building has a bilingual resource teacher to support the needs of English learners (ELs) and staff working with ELs.
Resource Teachers interactively developed norms for all 2015-16 meetings.