ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - Week of May 4th, 2015

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Way to Go on our ACCESS for ELLs Testing!

Thank you all for all of your hard work on completing the ACCESS for ELLs testing this year. Our district testing window for ACCESS for ELLs closed on May 1st. You all did a great job of working together with your school-based teams and the testing teams to complete the assessments. Your hard work is appreciated!

My Collaborative Journey: An ESOL Teacher’s Perspective (Part 3)

by Diane Staehr Fenner

This blog post is the third in a three-part series about the steps one elementary school with 60% ELLs took to increase collaboration between ESOL teachers and content teachers in order to better meet the language needs of ELLs in their school. In the first post in this series, Jennifer Connors, the principal of Rolling Terrace Elementary School, described why the school made the move towards greater collaboration and how they got started. In the second post, Kerri Hennelly, a staff development teacher at Rolling Terrace, explained the collaborative planning process that they use. In this third and final post, Tessa Arevalo, an ESOL teacher at the school, provides her perspective on the collaborative process.

Click here to read more.

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NEW: Spotlight on English Learners

New policies and approaches to educating ELs are reshaping the K-12 education landscape. This special issue explores dual-language programs, common-core instruction for ELs, and new EL guidelines. Click here to read this special issue on supporting English Language Learners.

143 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

Thanks to the popularity of Mexican cuisine north of the border (around the world, actually), there are plenty of Spanish words that English speakers knowingly adopt in day-to-day use: taco, tortilla and quesadilla are pretty standard imports. But you may be surprised to learn that hundreds more Spanish words are in everyday use. And if you think this is due to the United States’ rapidly growing Hispanic population, you’d actually be wrong. Spanish words have been used in English for a very long time.

Click here to learn about more about Spanish words in your vocabulary.
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Webinar: History, Policy, and Research, and Implementation of New Standards for English Learners

As part of the Office of English Language Acquisition’s (OELA’s) series on “Connecting Research, Practice, and Policy,” nationally recognized scholar and researcher Kenji Hakuta of Stanford University will present a broad historical overview of the policy and research to effectively implement college- and career-ready standards for English learners (ELs). A panel of teachers will provide their perspectives in response to the presentation and research findings. OELA is pleased to co-sponsor this session with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

Date & Time: May 26, 2015, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
To access the live webinar, click here.

ESL Certification Test Prep & Reimbursement Reminder

As we approach the end of the school year if you will be submitting for reimbursement of the testing fee for the ESL Certification Test, please mark the following due dates on your calendar:
  • If you took the test between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, your test scores must be submitted to the Title III/ELD Office by June 30, 2015. Test scores taken during the 2014-2015 school year and submitted after June 30, 2015 will not be reimbursed.
  • If your scheduled testing appointment is after May 3, 2015, your test scores will not be available until July 17, 2015. Test scores received in July 2015 or after for tests taken from May 3, 2015 to June 30, 2015 will not be eligible for reimbursement because the event crosses fiscal years. If you are in this situation and would like to be reimbursed, please reschedule your test until after July 1st, 2015 so that the testing event and score report occur in the same fiscal year.

Please contact Laura Grisso with any questions related to the test or the reimbursement process.

Click here for the ESL Certification Test Reimbursement Form.

Click here for the IDRA Online Test Prep Module Registration Information.

Title III/ELD Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Title III Events & Deadlines for the Week of May 4th:
May 5th, 9:00am - Interpreter & Translator Training
May 7th, 3:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Elementary)
May 7th, 4:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Secondary)

Click here to view the Title III/ELD Calendar.