Dearborn Public Schools

ESL Endorsement Courses – WSU

If you are interested in starting an ESL Endorsement with Wayne State University, please attend the following: WSU ESL Informational and Enrollment Meeting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:30 meeting OR 4:30 meeting ASC Room 25   Dr. Elizabeth Hopkins and Dr. Mary Walker will both be here to explain the program and to register students into the … Read more

Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant

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.  … Read more

EL Identification and Placement

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 … Read more

Feeder Tracks

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

On Track!

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 … Read more

Language and Literacy in Action!

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 … Read more

Welcome Back!

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.

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