Helpful information for families and staff of NCSD
My name is Ashley Davis and I have taught in public schools for the past seven years (five years as ENL teacher at Newark CSD). I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old, and am so proud to be a Newark CSD educator, working with middle and high school students daily. I find great joy in teaching and learning alongside my students every day. One of my favorite things about teaching at the secondary level is to watch my students walk on graduation day and then follow up with them in the future to celebrate their successes! I live in Williamson with my husband Kaiden, twin daughters Ana and Bella (four years old), Beagle Daisy, and our newest addition (due in March)! I love spending time outdoors, traveling with family to new places, and love singing/performing (although it has been a few years since I have graced the stage). I’m excited to continue striving to learn new things and thus provide the best services to my school and its students throughout the upcoming new year.
My name is Lisa Spencer. I have been teaching for 26 years, with this being my 24th year teaching English as a New Language in Newark. I have had the privilege of working at all grade levels and building during my career in Newark. My primary building is always Kelley School as I love the intermediate age group. This year, I am working at Kelley both in-persona and virtually with students. I also work with a few students from the middle school virtually on Wednesday and as needed. I keep in contact with several of my students who are adults and now have children of their own. I live in Shortsville with my husband, Chris and my dog, Dublin. I have one daughter, who is a third-year mechanical engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I love my job and am proud to work in Newark!
My name is Henrietta Binda and I have been teaching English as a New Language for 21+ years; 20 at Perkins School! I have taught various age groups, including adults, in Hungary, Canada, at Monroe Community College, and in the Newark School District. I have the pleasure of working alongside incredible teachers in this district, it is one of the perks of my job! I love what I teach because I am still an ENL student; English has been a new language for me as well so I can relate to my students and their families in many ways! I love the sense of belonging students feel in my room or this year, in my 'virtual' classroom! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy being with my family, traveling, cooking, baking, decorating my house, and working out.
For our families
The latest blog post from Immigrant Connections geared toward helping those in the family engagement field expand their understanding and reach so that all families, including immigrant and refugee families, are engaged equitably
Parent Orientation Video
This whiteboard animation video, which runs approximately twelve minutes, describes the English Language Learner identification and assessment process and outlines in detail various available program options. It also describes the differences between English as a New Language and the various Bilingual Education program models.
For educators in the NCSD
Strengthening English Language Learners'/Multilanguage Learners' instruction
This resource was developed by a subcommittee of OBEWL's ELL Leadership Council to help explore four instructional strategies: Bridging Languages, Using Students’ Home Language (L1), Using Cognates, and using Translations. We encourage you to use and share with colleagues!
Thanks to Kelli Powell from Canandaigua CSD for sharing!
The Visual Non-Glossary from Stephen Fleenor: A resource for Science Teachers looking to provide structured visuals for their students. Structure visuals will help students infer meaning, describe relationships, and think critically about the content.
Greg's Top 50 Tech Tools to Remotely Support Ells!
Check out this interactive page made by our colleague Greg Bailey at Hudson Valley RBERN that shares tools for:
- Creating Presentations
- Communication & Translation
Supporting Immigrants in Schools Online Workshop Series
These workshops are centered on a four-part video series that illustrates successful practices in creating safe, welcoming environments for immigrant students and families. Each session is based on Comprehensive Educator Modules developed by CUNY-IIE around the Supporting Immigrants in Schools Video Series videos: Key Immigration Issues, Immigration in Elementary Schools, Immigration in Secondary Schools, and Educating Refugee and Immigrant Students. The goal of this series is to help educators learn, act, and advocate in the classroom.