ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - Week of March 23rd, 2015

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What are the Best Strategies to Use when Teaching English Language Learners in Content Classes?

Larry Ferlazzo is an award-winning blogger and teacher of English Language Learners in Sacramento, California. Mr. Ferlazzo writes a regular blog for EdWeek called Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo. Recently, he posed the question "What are the best strategies to use when teaching English Language Learners in content classes?" He collected and compiled responses through his blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Part One of his response blog includes responses from well-recognized ELL experts including Judie Haynes, Mary Ann Zehr, and Bárbara Cruz. To read the wealth of insight in Part One, click here.

Margo Gottlieb, lead developer of the WIDA English Language Development Standards, is the featured response for Part Two to the question of "What are the best strategies to use when teaching English Language Learners in content classes?" Ms. Gottlieb identifies the top ten most critical steps that teachers can take to effectively engage their English Language Learners in content classes:

  1. Partner with a language teacher in co-planning, co-constructing, and co-teaching as you share instruction, engage in classroom assessment, and assume joint responsibility for your language learners.
  2. Incorporate the students' linguistic and cultural resources and expertise into lessons and units of learning so that all students can engage in authentic and meaningful learning experiences.
  3. Use college & career readiness standards in conjunction with language development standards to gain a better understanding of the developmental and linguistic pathways to student achievement.

To read the remainder of Ms. Gottlieb's Top Ten list, click here.

Every Teacher - A Teacher of English Language Learners - preview.video.4
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Steps for Success 2015: TCC Informational Sessions

The Education Outreach Center for Tulsa Community College is hosting two informational sessions for potential TCC students and their parents about Tulsa Achieves, My Dream Scholarships, how to navigate the TCC enrollment process, and financial aid.

The informational session will be held in Spanish on April 28th and in English on April 30th at the Education Outreach Center, 2201 South Garnett Road.

Click here for the Steps for Success 2015 Flyer.

Click here for the My Dream Scholarship Flyer.

10 Things about Hmong Culture, Food, and Language You Probably Didn't Know

By Nancy Yang, Minnesota Public Radio

It's been 40 years since the Hmong people first began arriving in Minnesota. Today, the state boasts the second-largest Hmong population in the nation.

The Hmong are members of an ethnic group that have not had a country of their own. For thousands of years, the Hmong lived in southwestern China. But when the Chinese began limiting their freedom in the mid-1600s, many migrated to Laos, Thailand and other neighboring countries.

During the Vietnam War, the Hmong in Laos aided and partnered with American forces to fight Southeast Asian Communists in what is now known as the "Secret War."

• January 2015: Looking back at 40 years of Hmong migration to U.S.

After the United States pulled out of Laos, Communist forces began retaliating against the Hmong for siding with the United States. Thousands fled — and died — and numerous refugee camps were set up in Thailand.

Many Hmong families eventually resettled in the United States, France, Australia and other parts of the world.

To continue reading, click here.

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OKTESOL Spring Fling 2015

The Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (OKTESOL) is hosting the annual Spring Fling on Saturday, April 18th at Morrill Hall at Oklahoma State University. Registration is free for this one day event.

Title III will pay the mileage of any staff member registered to attend. A PS10 for mileage must be received by Laura Grisso in the Title III Office by Friday, March 27th. Attendees may register online for the OKTESOL Spring Fling.

Click here for more information on the OKTESOL Spring Fling 2015.

Webinar: Serving English Language Learners

Responding to gaps in preparation and professional development focused on English language learners (ELLs), the Center for Collaborative Education offers programming that address the needs of educators working in classrooms where not all students are fluent English speakers and readers, in effect, all classrooms.

Serving English Language Learners: Moving beyond Compliance towards Equity, facilitated by CCE’s English Language Learner (ELL) program staff, shares teacher successes and highlights effective practices in serving ELLs, the nation’s fastest growing student subgroup. Discussing state policies such as RETELL in Massachusetts and tools from the WIDA® framework, this webinar emphasizes the importance of student-centered, asset-based and culturally responsive teaching in the effort to move beyond compliance measures towards equitable education for all learners.

Click here to view the recorded webinar.

New ELD Instructional Software Training Opportunities

We are very excited to offer two new ELD instructional software options to support our English Language Learners: Imagine Learning for Elementary ELLs and Rosetta Stone for Secondary ELLs. Training information for ELD teachers using these software resources is below. ELD teachers should register in DK to attend one of the available sessions.

Imagine Learning (Elementary)
March 25th, 8:30am (Session 1) or 12:30pm (Session 2)
Click here to learn more about Imagine Learning Software.
Click here to learn more about the Imagine Learning Software training.

Rosetta Stone (Secondary)

March 24th, 8:30am (Session 1) or 12:30 (Session 2)
Click here to learn more about Rosetta Stone Software.
Click here to learn more about the Rosetta Stone Software training.

Title III/ELD Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Title III Events & Deadlines for the Week of March 23rd:
March 24th, 8:30am - Rosetta Stone Software Training (Secondary)
March 24th, 12:30pm - Rosetta Stone Software Training (Secondary)
March 24th, 3:30pm - ELD Teacher Talk: English Language Learning Games
March 24th, 4:30pm - ELD Teacher Talk: English Language Learning Games
March 25th, 8:30am - Imagine Learning Software Training (Elementary)
March 25th, 9:00am - Interpreter/Translator Training
March 25th, 12:30pm - Imagine Learning Software Training (Elementary)
March 25th, 4:00pm - Dual Language PLC
March 26th, 6:00pm - Multicultural Diversity Festival, Tulsa Technology Center (Broken Arrow)
March 28th, 8:30am - WIDA Weekend (Day 2)

Click here to view the Title III/ELD Calendar.