ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - December 14, 2015

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WIDA Can Do Philosophy

WIDA has recently articulated their Can Do philosophy which drives their focus and work. They have identified the assets, contributions, and potential that English learners bring to the work which they do. You can read more about their philosophy here and in the visual below.


Do you have a philosophy for serving the English learners with whom you work? How do you recognize their assets, contributions, and potential in your classroom? As professionals, we must have these beliefs articulated and in place to frame the work which we do everyday.


It is also important for students to develop their own belief statement. Try this with your English learners and ask them to identify their assets, contributions, and potential. What a powerful tool to empower students in their learning process!

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Early LIteracy Instruction in Spanish: Teaching the Beginning Reader

by Karen Ford & Rebecca Palacios


This article shares some ways that early Spanish and English literacy instruction are similar and different. It also explains the order in which reading skills are typically taught in Spanish and suggests activities in the classroom and at home that complement instruction.


Throughout the U.S., many children are receiving some or all of their literacy instruction in Spanish. Dr. Rebecca Palacios explains the similarities and differences between Spanish and English literacy instruction, calling attention to the order in which reading skills are typically taught in Spanish.


Read more here.

Keys to a successful dual-language program

New Fast Facts on English Learners

The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education, Releases New Fast Facts on English Learners (ELs). OELA now makes available key data on ELs via two-page factsheets on a variety of subjects. A total of seven new factsheets focus on ELs who are Black, those who are Hispanic, as well as ELs and Early Learning, and Languages Spoken by ELs.

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ACCESS 2.0 Test Planning and Preparation

From the School Leader Memo 12/11/2015


The ACCESS 2.0, formerly known as ACCESS for ELLs, is a federally-mandated English language proficiency assessment that all ELLs in grades K through 12th must participate in annually. The assessment measures English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.


The testing window for ACCESS 2.0 will begin on February 8, 2016 and run through April 1, 2016. Beginning with the spring 2016 test administration, the ACCESS 2.0 will now be administered online for students in grades 1 through 12. Students in grades 1 through 3 will take the writing subtest on paper. Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS will continue to be administered in a paper-based format. Alternate ACCESS is the ACCESS test designed for ELL students with severe cognitive disabilities who participate in the OAAP assessment.


To help facilitate the transition to the ACCESS 2.0, we have created some resources (attached) for action and information. Please contact Laura Grisso, grissla@tulsaschools.org, with any related questions.


Action required for Principals by January 15th:

1. Read the ACCESS 2016 Test Information sheet for a quick overview of the ACCESS 2.0.

2. Complete the ACCESS 2016 Test Administrator Form

3. Ensure ACCESS Test Coordinators and Test Administrators register in MLP for their required trainings (see ACCESS 2.0 Training Schedule)

4. Review ACCESS 2.0 Q&A PowerPoint and ACCESS 2.0 Padlet (This is a private Padlet for Tulsa PS team members. The password is TPSELL).

Tomás Rivera Community Volunteers in Education Nomination Form

From the School Leader Memo 12/11/2015


The Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission is currently receiving nomination forms for the Tomás Rivera Community Volunteers in Education recognition. Recipients will be honored at a GTAHAC meeting at the Tulsa City Hall in spring 2016. Nominating criteria and the nomination form is available in both English and Spanish. The deadline to submit nominations is December 31, 2015. Completed nomination forms should be emailed to GTAHAC Education Commissioner Sara Martinez, smartin@tulsalibrary.org. Please contact Laura Grisso, grissla@tulsaschools.org, with any related questions.


Action Requested for Principals by January 11:

· Share with all staff.

· If you would like to nominate someone submit the nomination form to Sarah Martinez at smartin@tulsalibrary.org.

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WIDA 2016 National Conference Call for Proposals

WIDA is thrilled to announce that the WIDA 2016 National Conference call for proposals is now open. The event takes place October 12—15, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, PA, under the theme, “Drawing on Life’s Experiences: Designing Bright Futures.”


Proposals should be for engaging presentations that spotlight English language learner (ELL) standards, instruction, assessment, research, and classroom practices that specifically address one or more of the following topics:

• Language Development

• Effective Instructional Practices

• Program Management

• State/National Initiatives


Proposed presentations should be 75 minutes long, connect to the conference theme, describe what attendees can expect to learn from attending, and identify intended learning objectives that describe what participants will know, be able to do, and how they might apply the knowledge as a result of attending the session. Educators, administrators, ELL coaches, early learning practitioners, and academic language staff at all levels are welcome to submit proposals.


The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, January 22, 2016. All of the information needed to prepare and submit proposals – instructions, guiding questions, the review rubric, and forms – are available by clicking here.


Please help us build the WIDA 2016 National Conference and impact the success of language learners! If you have any questions, contact conferences@wida.us.


Title III will provide funds for registration and travel for any Tulsa PS staff member who is accepted to present at the WIDA 2016 National Conference.

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Multicultural Education Institute 2016

The Multicultural Education Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma unites educators in Oklahoma to share the latest strategies and practices that help improve educating our increasingly diverse communities.


MEI is committed to the recognition of excellence in multicultural education. Each year the Multicultural Awards Committee selects a recipient for the Teacher of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year Awards as well as teacher incentive grant award winners. All recipients will be honored at the Multicultural Education Institute Banquet at the University of Central Oklahoma. Please help us by nominating outstanding individuals you feel are deserving of these awards.


The MEI Call for Presentations is due by January 15, 2016 to Dr. April Haulman.


Title III will provide registration and travel funds for any Tulsa PS staff member to attend. By January 22, 2016, please send a completed registration form, PS10, and hotel reservation confirmation email to Laura Grisso.

OELA Presents! Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Career Training Success (Webinar)

Date: December 17, 2015

Time: 1:00pm CST


OELA Presents!
White House Task Force on New Americans Offers Seventh of Educational and Linguistic Integration Webinar Series on “Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Career Training Success,” Thursday, December 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.


Many immigrants face significant barriers to postsecondary access and success, though the challenges vary significantly by region of origin, age at the time of immigration, and citizenship status. Immigrants who enter the country between the ages of 13 and 19 statistically achieve the lowest levels of education. Further, in the realm of postsecondary education, many immigrant college students are non-traditional students, including those who attend college part-time and may also have dependents—all factors which have led to immigrant post-secondary completion rates that lag behind the U.S. average. In this final webinar, panelists will share current research on how to create accessible pathways to postsecondary education and career training for immigrants.


Check the webinar series page for materials from past webinars and information on future ones.

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¿Qué? Content and language objectives son importantes? (Webinar)

Date: December 15, 2015

Time: 6:00pm CST


Register for the webinar


José Medina, Ed.D., a Professional Development Specialist at CAL, will lead an interactive session in which participants will consider ways to more effectively implement content and language objectives as a means for creating opportunities for all students. Whether you already integrate content and language objectives in lesson development and delivery, or would like to consider how you could do so in your classroom, this session will equip you with approaches to supporting your students’ language and content learning needs.

The webinar is free and will be archived on Education Connections for you to view later.

Title III/ELD Upcoming Events

Title III Events for the Week of December 14th:
December 15th, 4:00pm - Spanish for Educators (Edivate)

December 17th, 3:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Elementary)

December 17th, 4:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Secondary)

Register in MyLearningPlan unless otherwise noted.

Click here to view the Title III/ELD Calendar