English Language Arts Dispatch

September 2014

Monthy Update

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a popular trend. Here are some resources for you to engage your students in thinking about the implications of this.


PLC's will soon meet to calibrate scoring of Semester 1 Performance Tasks.


Questions to discuss in your PLC:

* How does writing instruction differ when teaching on-demand versus process writing?

* How do your expectations of student products change in on-demand versus process writing?

* How does your grading process differ for on-demand and process writing?

* What are the differences between holistic and analytic scoring? When might you use each?

* How do you define the differences between grading, scoring, commenting, or correcting?

Article: The Writing Revolution

A look at one high school that incorporated teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. Part of a larger debate about how to best teach writing.

Data Bit

When an English learner who qualifies for ELD or SEI is placed in less than 2 qualifying EL courses, we deem them to be “Critically Misplaced.” At the beginning of last year 28% of our EL students fell into this category. Due to a coordinated effort between site and district personnel, this year that number is less than 10%, and dropping. That’s almost 1,400 more EL students receiving the EL strategies and scaffolds they need from highly qualified English teachers.


For more information on EL Placement and programs, contact Rebecca Robinson, EL Programs Instructional Specialist, at (619)585-4476.

Opportunities for Teachers

San Diego Area Writing Project's 'Fall Into Writing' 2014 Conference(K-16)

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 •

8:00am - 12:00pm • UC San Diego

Registration Deadline: September 12, 2014


Secondary Literacy Partnership’s (SLP) free webinar series:

"Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Classroom Connections." Please see the flyer for more information.First webinar, "A Close Encounter, Through the Writers' Eyes, of the New ELA/ELDFramework," on September 17.


Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English, Promising Practices Conference Saturday, October 11

Raising Rigor in Reading: Complex Texts in the English Classroom with Nancy Frey.

Pre-registration Deadline is October 6, 2014.

Link to GSDCTE webpage.

CA Reps Needed for SBAC Achievement Level Setting

Registration through September 19, 2014. Participants will contribute to the process of determining achievement levels for ELA and mathematics in each grade. The achievement level setting will take place in October 2014.

Submit a proposal to present at the CATE conference

Feb 20-22 San Jose Theme: Uncommon Connections Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014

Quarter 2 Trainings

PSEUD0 53955

Sub reason: conference

Zone 1A, Oct.16, SYH

Zone 1B, Oct. 16, GJH

Zone 2A, Oct. 17, ELH

Zone 2B, Oct. 17, ELM

Zone 3A, Oct. 20, PDC, L St.

Zone 3B, Oct. 20, MOM

Zone 4A, Oct. 21, OLH

Zone 4B, Oct. 21, SOM

________________

ZONES:

1A=BVH, SYH, SUH

1B=BVM, GJH, NCM

2A=CPH,EH,MVH, OSS

2B = CPM, ELM, MVA

3A=CVH, MOH, ORH

3B = CVM, MOM, RDM

4A= HTH, OLH, PAH, SOH

4B = HTM, SOM, EHA/AV

Quote of the month

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Contacts

District ELA Curriculum Specialist, Contact for Zones: 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A

Rhea Faldoenea-Walker

District ELA Curriculum Specialist, Contact for Zones: 1B, 2A, 3A, 4B

Gina Vattuone

SpEd ELA and Read180

Michelle Sturm-Gonzalez

English Learner Programs Instructional Specialist: SEI/BIL/DL

Rebecca Robinson

ELD Curriculum & Instructional Specialist

Lisa Burgess

Lead Curriculum Specialist

Katrine Czajkowski