ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - Week of April 27th, 2015

Creating a Planning Process that Meets ELLs’ Needs: A Staff Development Teacher’s Perspective (Part 2)

by Diane Staehr Fenner

This blog post is the second in a three-part series about the steps one elementary school took to increase collaboration between ESOL teachers and content teachers in order to better meet the language needs of ELLs in their school during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. In the first post in this series, Jennifer Connors, the principal of Rolling Terrace Elementary School, described why the school made the move towards greater collaboration and how they got started.


In this post, Kerri Hennelly, a staff development teacher at the highly diverse Rolling Terrace (a school that has approximately 60% ESOL students), explains why the previous planning process wasn’t working and the new collaborative planning process that the school now uses.


Click here to read more.

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A Look at English Language Learners Across the U.S.

Did you know Spanish is not the #1 native language for English Language Learners in every state? In fact, Michigan has a large Arabic-speaking population and the top language spoken by English Language Learners in New Hampshire is Chinese.


Click here to enlarge the infographic below on English Language Learners Across the U.S.

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Let's Celebrate El día de los niños, El día de los libros

Children’s Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, el día de los libros, often known as Día, (day in Spanish) is a year-long commitment to linking children and families to books. A collaboration of national literacy organizations, presses and readers, Día creatively celebrates all our children, the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives, and promotes culminating April Children’s Day, Book Day celebrations that unite communities. April book fiestas are held in libraries, schools, homes, parks, etc., often near April 30th.

If you are serving kids in need, sign up with First Book to get free or low-cost books. If you are an educator, librarian or program administrator, and at least 70 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, you qualify. Sign up at www.firstbook.org/latino.

Celebrating Día with Pat Mora


Día in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Teachers

Check out these fun and interactive web resources to support our English Learners!

Word on the Street: Sesame Street hosts famous like Usher and Ellen Pompeo to visit with the residents of Sesame Street on new vocabulary words.

Childtopia: Provides beginning English Learners with content area language activities with support in five different languages.

English Online France: Offers a variety of activities for older English Learners including Listening activities based on recent movie trailers.

ELD Summer Summit 2015

We are excited to invite you to participate in the fourth annual ELD Summer Summit 2015 on July 27-28, 2015. The Summit celebrates the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists, not only within our district, but also across the state of Oklahoma by showcasing strategies, tools, and resources that empower educators to support the educational achievement of ELL students.

We are currently accepting session proposals. If you are interested in facilitating a session on strategies and resources for working with English Language Learners, please complete a proposal form and send it to Laura Grisso.

Attendees should preregister in DK. The 2015 Summit will be held at East Central HS.

Click here for the 2015 ELD Summer Summit Flyer.

Click here for the 2015 ELD Summer Summit Call for Presentations.
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Title III/ELD Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Title III Events & Deadlines for the Week of April 27th:
April 28th, 4:00pm - Title III Leadership Advisory Committee Meeting
May 1st - ACCESS for ELLs Testing Materials Due to the Title III/ELD Office

Click here to view the Title III/ELD Calendar.