ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - February 1, 2016

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Charting a Course Through Graphs, Charts, and Other Organizers

by Nathan Hall

If your school is like mine, your administrators are constantly evaluating various data to give everyone something to discuss on the in-service days. All of these facts gets condensed into an easy graphic with lines, bars, or fractionally divided slides presented on a PowerPoint and projected or passed out on handouts. All it takes is a little explanation and we can get a snapshot of what’s happening and where it’s headed.

While it’s easy to take for granted that graphic organizers are easy alternatives to large chunks of text, we have to remember that these could be very confusing to ELLs. Other cultures may not use the same layouts we use, different schools the students previously attended may not have incorporated these into the curriculum, or the whole process of how to make sense of weird words and lines may be overwhelming. So, as ELL teachers, we may want to take the time to go over how charts and graphs work as a part of academic language.

Read more here about using charts, graphs and more to support your ELLs.

Don't Fly Solo: A Crowd-Sourced Book for Educators Working with ELLs

Daniel Scibienski (@danielscib) is a talented ELD teacher in New Jersey who I often collaborate with and learn much from on Twitter. Daniel has launched a crowd-sourced book that allows for open contributions to create the collaborative and collective insights of ELD teachers around the world. You can add questions you have for others to answer and success and lessons learned that you can share with others. Read and add to the book here...and connect with Daniel on Twitter @danielscib!
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Call for Participation: Professional Development Opportunities for Oklahoma's ELL Educators

from Jason Smith, ELL Program Specialist, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, OSDE

We’ve created a survey in order to find out the level of interest from ELL educators and call for participation in different types of professional development activities. Below is a link to the short survey that we are asking you complete as well as disseminate through your various listservs in order to to reach a broader population of Oklahoma's ELL educators.


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Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education - January 2016 Newsletter

Want to know about the exciting things happening in bilingual education in Oklahoma? Check out the January 2016 newsletter from OABE!

Share your Successes: Minnesota TESOL Journal

The Minnesota TESOL Journal is currently accepting articles for publication. This is a great opportunity to share with others the successes in your classroom with students, families, and teachers. Submission deadline is February 15, 2016. Read more here about the publication guidelines here.
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Registration Open: Multicultural Education Institute 2016

The Multicultural Education Institute will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma on March 4th and 5th. Due to the current travel budget freeze in the district, Title III funds can only be used to pay for registration and mileage for any staff member who is interested attending MEI on Saturday, March 5th.

If you would like to attend, please submit a completed PS10 and MEI registration form to Laura Grisso by Friday, February 5th.

What Does the Fox Say and Why Is It Different in Every Language?

by Claire Fallon

Words for the noises made by common animals are some of the first words we are taught, as linguist Arika Okrent points out in this fascinating new video, "Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?"

It's an odd educational priority, perhaps, given that "meow," "woof," and "cock-a-doodle-doo" rarely become mainstays of our daily vocabularies -- but what the hey, it's fun to make animal noises.

Okrent, along with the deft whiteboard illustrating of Sean O'Neill, breaks down the linguistic reasons behind why an American dog says "woof" and a French dog says "ouah ouah." (In nearly every language, we're pretty clear that cats say something along the lines of "meow.")

Read more about different animal sounds in different languages here.

Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?

Upcoming Title III Events

Week of February 1st:

February 2, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training Part 2

February 2, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training

February 3, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training

February 3, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Paper-based Test Administrator Training

February 4 & 5, 8:00am to 4:00pm - ACCESS 2.0 Materials Pick up at Enrollment Center

February 6, 8:30am - SIOP Saturday (Day 3)

February 6, 8:30am - Bilteracy Transfer Training for Dual Language (Day 1)

All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.