ELD Department News

Keeping you in the know!

Wishing You a Wonderful Break!!

I want you to know how much each of you is appreciated; your efforts working with families, students, teachers, and schools does not go unnoticed. Across the district, I hear about, see, and observe the impact of your instruction and advocacy, and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do. I wish each of you a wonderful and relaxing break. Take some time to take care of yourself, your friends, and your families!

ACCESS 2.0 . . . We're Almost There!

As January 11th approaches, here are a few tips, updates, reminders, and resources for you. Please:

  • pull your roster from IC, and compare the list to the students loaded into WIDA AMS.
  • complete the Test Administrator Checklist (on wida.us) no later than January 6th. This is when I will "pull" my list of Checklist completers.
  • be prepared to administer the W-APT to potential ELs. Scan the paperwork to Christina Levesque and Remy Rummel.
  • schedule time for students to practice

It is recommended that you WAIT to print your test tickets until you know how many new students you will have. It is likely that you will have new students.

Please remember that you will only administer ACCESS 2.0 to NEPs and LEPs.

Important Links

For CRTs

IT is currently building the ACCESS 2.0 Insight apps and servers necessary for all devices. You will have specific directions for downloading and testing the apps upon your return from Winter Break. Thank you for your patience in this process.

New to DCSD ELD Orientation and W-APT Traning

If you are new to DCSD ELD, please plan to attend the required Orientation and W-APT training on Tuesday, January 5th from 9:00-4:00 at the Early Childhood Center in Castle Rock (3950 Trail Boss Lane, Castle Rock, 80104). Please bring a lunch, a charged laptop or device, headphones, and your questions! If you are a secondary teacher, please request a full-day substitute as soon as possible. If you are an elementary teacher, you will not require a substitute.

Check this out!!

Colorín Colorado is pleased to announce that it has launched its new website! The new site, made possible by the long-time support of the American Federation of Teachers and our more recent partnership with the National Education Association, features the outstanding, research-based bilingual content our audience knows and loves, presented in a new, user-friendly design that can be accessed on mobile devices. The new site includes an updated navigation making it easy to find what you’re looking for, a video library with all classroom videos and interviews (as well as more video embedded throughout the site), and updated information on ELL resources by state.

- Video library: Watch lessons in action, download related materials, and get expert advice

on teaching ELs.

- Booklists for kids, teens, and professionals, organized by topic

- Reading Tip Sheets for Parents in eleven languages!

- Reading Tip Sheets for Educators (all grade levels)

For more information, click here!!

Submitted by Becky Corr

Scholarship Opportunity

The Latin American Educational Foundation invites applications for its College Scholarship Program. Students selected as LAEF Scholars may be awarded up to as much as $2,000 each year. The scholarship is good for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees. LAEF scholarships are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

Recipients will be chosen based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, unmet financial need, persistence, desire to help others, and leadership. Applications require students to provide their academic transcripts, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, extra curriculum activities and essays.

The application period will open December 21, 2015 and will close on February 15, 2016.

For information about the College Scholarship Program, visit https://laef.awardspring.com/

Karley Arguello

Administrative Assistant

Latin American Educational Foundation

561 Santa Fe Drive

Denver, CO 80204

P: 303.446.0541 | Ext: 10 | F: 303.446.0526


Great Reads

Co-Teaching to Reach Every Learner

In this team-taught 4th grade classroom at Margaret A. Neary Elementary School, everyone belongs. Students with disabilities, English language learners, gifted math students, avid readers, students who struggle with reading—all work individually, in small teams, and as part of a whole class, learning to make good choices for their own academic and social needs and working together to foster a positive environment for everyone. . .

Co-Teaching ELLs: Riding a Tandem Bike

Content-area teachers and ESL teachers can address the needs of English language learners with a collaborative instructional cycle that starts with co-planning.

Danielle Dodge and Paula Barnick first hopped on their tandem bike of co-teaching for English language learners (ELLs) more than three years ago. As teachers in New York's Valley Stream Union Free School District 13, they've moved from the fragmented, pullout model of English as a second language (ESL) instruction into a multifaceted partnership in which they teach English language arts and social studies to their 4th grade students. Their class consists of 24 students; 5 of them are English leaners. The challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards with ELLs—as well as other diverse students who might be multiple grade levels behind in their reading and mathematics achievement—prompted the teachers to try co-teaching during their English language arts block. . .

To Clone or Not to Clone?

Instead of making co-teachers indistinguishable, good co-teaching partnerships celebrate and embrace the differences they bring to the classroom.

A small group of educators have gathered with me after school to learn about co-teaching practices. In the room are school principals, instructional coaches, classroom teachers, and a variety of specialists with expertise in special education, English language acquisition, speech, and fine motor skills. All have put in a full workday, but all are leaning forward at the student desks, eager to talk about the possibility of initiating a co-teaching model. . .

Upcoming ELD Courses

Course: English Language Development: Academic Conversations (Non PGI)

Session: 904-2, Blended

Start Date: 02/01/2016

Course Link: https://pd.dcsdk12.org/course/view.php?id=3504