EL Lens

Perry Township Office of English Learners

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Project Zero

Perry Sixth Grade Academy is delving into thinking routines. This awesome work comes out of Harvard's Project Zero initiative. They are divided into the categories that you see below.

A thinking routine is a short series of steps that guides your thought process. They're simple and easy to use. Best of all, encouraging students to use them regularly will lead to them growing in confidence, improving critical thinking, and more open discussions.

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Thinking Routines in Action

Steve Drwecki utilized the thinking routine of Creative Questions. This routine allowed students to create deep, imaginative questions about the text they read involving the Cyclops.

He then allowed students to choose one student generated question to answer.

Link to the Routine here.

Education Chats

If you’re looking for a quick way to find educational Twitter chats, check out this calendar list for daily updates.


Are you looking for a tool to turn spreadsheets into engaging materials for students in all grades?

Clinton Young Elementary has been using Flippity. Andy Conkle and Liz Price (Master Teachers) demonstrated how Flippity can be used in clusters.

  • Each activity is first created in the template (make a copy),
  • then publish to the web,
  • then you click the unique link. (Make sure to publish to the web.)

Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff!

Academic Conversation Tracker

Here is a tool to use for tracking student conversations. This could be used in small groups, whole group, or virtually. Here is the link for you to view, and make a copy.


WIDA ACCESS: January 11th-March 12th

During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDA is taking measures to maintain service to educators in a safe and practical way. They remain committed to supporting educators, multilingual children, and their families during this difficult time, and always. WIDA has developed a best practices resource designed to support test coordinators and test administrators in safely administering ACCESS and WIDA Screener. In a collaboration between WIDA and IDOE, they have extended this year's window to allow for students in quarantine and for making arrangements for remote learners to test.

In order to help with the new demands of testing in a pandemic, Perry School Test Coordinators, Kim Jovic, and the EL Department have trained and certified over 150 new test administrators! Check with your building administrators to see if you can help in this way.

Besides administering the test, you can support testing by familiarizing yourself with the test format and sample items. For Kindergarten ACCESS, ask your EL teacher(s) to show you the materials and format of the test. WIDA also provides paper-based writing samples for grades 1-3:
Grade 1, Tier A: Indoor Play
Grade 1, Tier B/C: Making Bird Feeders
Grades 2-3, Tier A: Flowers at the Park
Grades 2-3, Tier B/C: Our Town

Helping our staff and students stay safe during testing, getting certified to administer WIDA ACCESS, and familiarizing yourself with the test to inform your own instruction are just a few ways you can help. Please check with your EL team to see how else you can support during this time.

EL Team

Perry Township Schools Office of English Learners

Phone number: 317-789-3720

Twitter: @PerryTwpEL

Whitney Wilkowski-Director

email: wwilkowski@perryschools.org

Twitter: @w_wilkowski

Lisa Netsch-EL Supervisor

email: lnetstsch@perryschools.org

Twitter: @CanDo_Teaching

Nichole Seal-EL Coach

email: nseal@perryschools.org

Twitter: @NicholeSeal2