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 not make it research-informed.  They strongly encouraged educators to rely on resources for literacy that are deeply informed by research just as the work they did to put together the Essential Instructional Practices.

If you download the document, you will notice that the focus is on classroom-level practices.  Each of these ten practices are research-informed and can have a positive impact on literacy development.  In fact, we were informed that they should be viewed as presenting a ‘minimum standard of care for Michigan’s children. The belief is that the use of these practices in EVERY classroom EVERY day could make a positive difference in Michigan’s literacy achievement.

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.  The workshop sessions included: Specially Designed Instruction for Newcomers, Building Bridges to Support Diverse Learners, and Oral Language & Writing Strategies for ELs.  The sessions were very well received.  The team also brought back some great learning!


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Welcoming A New Member to Our EL Department

Jeannine Oynoian is the new face in the EL Department.

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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 and schools in supporting the needs of ELs.  Her focus will be working with schools in the Dearborn High feeder track.

Jeannine brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment.  We are lucky to have her!

Jeanine’s extension is 73126 and email is oynoiaj@dearbornschools.org

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 with each other and had some fun too!!

3D Community

The 3D community which consists of ELD Specialists, Instructional Coaches and Special Education Resource Teachers collaborate together to create interactive lessons consisting of Oral Language Development, Phonics and Word Work, a Reading Strategy and a Structured Writing Tasks.  The theme-based lessons will be available for teachers and students to use for summer school and beyond.

Maura Makes an Impact!

Congratulations to Maura Sedgeman for receiving the 2017 impact award!  Maura was nominated by team members for her unwavering dedication to students and staff and was one of the winners chosen by a panel.  Yay Maura!

The Impact award recognizes staff members who demonstrate the Dearborn Public School District’s Core Values and are consistently professional, personable and polite as they work with students, contribute to the classroom environment, and provide overall customer service in a variety of roles.

Congratulations Maura Sedgeman!

After 43 dedicated years, Maura Sedgeman bids an affectionate farewell.  Everyone has nothing but amazing things to say about Maura.  So many of us have been inspired by this outstanding educator. She’s truly remarkable!

Thank you for everything you’ve done for the students of Dearborn Public Schools directly and indirectly.

Here’s wishing you a very happy retirement Maura 🙂

And…We pulled off the surprise!!!


New Families – District Parent Meeting

We had another successful district parent meeting for new families in Dearborn Public Schools.  Representatives from Member Focus shared the different credit services they provide.  The next session on “Know Your Rights” was led by two local attorneys and was the group’s most meaningful session.  Syrian American Rescue Network (SARN) followed with more information to assist families.  Thank you to all that participated!