Volume 4 Issue 4
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What do Perry Township and Marian University have in common?
Marian University prides itself on teaching and training the next generation of educators. Perry Schools is a natural choice for partnering in that training with our diverse student population, NIET evaluation process, and our experienced teachers. NIET has partnered with Marian University to support efforts to improve new teacher training beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The faculty of Marian's Klipsch Educators College have embedded the NIET Teaching Standards into their pre-service teacher coursework. Marian students have already started observing EL teachers, Newcomer classes, and classrooms with SIOP trained teachers. Cadet teachers have begun EL placements in several of our schools so please make them feel welcome and share your student success stories!
All of these questions and more can be found in Skyward by looking at a student's ILP (Individual Learning Plan). Supplemental Language Instruction can be delivered by EL staff in an EL Class, Newcomer, Intervention or Collaborative services. However, students may be receiving their service from you, the mainstream teacher, through Sheltered Instruction or Mainstream SIOP.
Lau v. Nichols, was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court unanimously decided that the lack of supplemental language instruction in public schools for students with limited English proficiency violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The services listed above are the approved supplemental language instruction that Perry Township provides for all EL students. Are you responsible for a students' services? Please check Skyward to see what services your students should be receiving. Work with your building's EL staff to discuss services and the needs of the students you share.
If you need more information on what supplemental language services include, check out the 6th installment of IDOE's video series on English Learning 101 below. This video describes WIDA's Framework and Can Do Philosophy for serving EL students. Descriptions of Academic Language and Can Do Descriptors provide resources for teachers working with ELs. These resources can help teachers understand how to provide services such as Mainstream SIOP and Sheltered Instruction while teaching content.
Culturally Inclusive Holiday Celebrations
Many holiday celebrations are coming soon, and it is important to note that our students celebrate various holidays with a multitude of traditions.
How can you make your celebrations and conversations culturally inclusive?