EL Happenings

Volume 4 Issue 2

Do you know what it takes to become a citizen of the United States?

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have been a permanent resident for 5 years (3 if married to a US citizen).
  • Submit a not so short and simple application. (The current fee is $640.)
  • Complete a criminal background check. (The current biometric fee is $85.)
  • Complete an interview.
  • Take an English test.
  • Take a civics test. (You must get 6 correct questions out of 10 to pass. These 10 questions are randomly pulled from 100 questions so you must be prepared with answers for all of them! Try it yourself with this study guide/quiz.)
  • Wait, wait, and wait some more....the entire process is currently taking anywhere between 6 and 16 months! Check out all of the different processing times here - there are over 35 different applications or petitions to process!


Do you know someone that would be interested in the naturalization clinic or help advertised below? If so, please share:)

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Teacher Feature

Daneen Larrison, 2nd grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary, modeled the entire writing process with her students by having them build their favorite food with playdoh. This was a great example of the SIOP component Practice and Application and the specific feature of Hands-On Materials and/or Manipulatives to practice using new Content Knowledge and Activities provided for students to apply content and language knowledge. For some students, this was new content and allowed for them to make connections of the new learning with hands on manipulatives. For other students, this allowed the opportunity to apply the previously learned knowledge to a completely different type of assessment. Hands on materials allow some students to make a physical connection with learning - it may require a different type of planning for us as teachers, but what great success we see when it comes to students!

Teacher Takeaway-Online Visual Dictionaries for k-12

Kid’s Wordsmyth is an online dictionary WILD is their free illustrated dictionary for children, which shows colorful animated images and sounds out the word. There are Spanish and Chinese versions.


Vidtionary The web site has a collection of short videos that show different example scenes illustrating a word’s meaning.


Little Explorers is a children’s visual dictionary provided by Enchanted Learning.


ESOL Help is a very basic picture dictionary that just displays the word and has clip art to illustrate the word.


Opdome features 20 sets of vocabulary available in English, Spanish and Chinese.


A Math’s Dictionary for Kids by Jenny Eather features two different online visual dictionaries. The original A Math Dictionary for Kids is animated and interactive with over 630 common mathematical terms in simple language with definitions, examples, activities, practice and calculators. A Math Dictionary for Kids Quick Reference is a device friendly html version with definitions and detailed examples for over 950 words.


The Math is Fun Visual Dictionary illustrates several math terms and instruments and includes simple definitions. Some of the entries are interactive where students get to play with the instrument virtually.


NASA’s Picture Dictionary is for students in grades 3rd to 8th and visually teaches learners about space and NASA.

Language Objectives....

Our EL students need to grow in their use of all aspects of the English language. What are you doing in your content area to ensure our students grow their language? Language objectives are a good place to start. Click on the picture above for more information!

WIDA Professional Development

Looking for some professional development that will help you with the EL students in your classroom? WIDA now offers self-paced eworkshops. You choose the topic and the pace and print out a certificate of completion when you finish. Click here for more information and directions!

Compliance Corner

All EL students’ Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are now uploaded and available in Skyward as of August 19th. The ILP is designed to outline a plan to ensure English Learners have meaningful access to the same rigorous content and college‐and‐career ready standards as their native English‐speaking peers. You can find the 19-20 ILP in custom forms. You view the ILP by clicking view or edit depending on your Skyward access.

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The ILP is a legally binding document, and all staff who work with the student are responsible for its implementation. The ILP should be created by EL staff in collaboration with content‐area teachers to promote ongoing communication across programs and to ensure that all responsible staff members are aware of its implications. Instructional modifications are listed on the ILP as a means for the content teachers to have a list of recommended strategies for the classroom. Assessment accommodations are also documented on the ILP and should be implemented with fidelity on all local and state assessments.


Check out the next module in IDOE's English Learning 101 video series. This module reviews the core English Language Development program and services, and includes the following topics:

  • Annual Parent Notification
  • Parent Rights with regards to the EL Program
  • The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP
  • English Language Development Services
  • English Language Development Program Models
  • English Language Development Teachers
  • EL (Lau) Plans
EL101 Part IV - Providing ELD Services

Parent Liason Update

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

District EL Coaches

Nichole Seal

Email: nseal@perryschools.org

Twitter: @NicholeSeal2


JJ Tidd

Email: jtidd@perryschools.org

Twitter: @JJTidd