ELD Weekly Bulletin
Title III/ELD Listserv - January 11, 2016
Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning for ELLs in the New Year
It is resolution season! In January we reflect on past joys and concerns from the previous year, and take the opportunity to make a resolution that will improve our lives in the New Year. Of course, we all know that resolutions are hard to keep and can often be unrealistic. The expert advice I've received on resolutions (mostly advice from women's magazines) states that you are more likely to be successful if your goal is specific and measurable. So, instead of saying, "I want to save more money" you might say, "I want to save enough money each month so that I can buy a new computer in August."
Teachers are always looking for ways to improve in the classroom; to assist with any of your New Year's resolutions that relate to instruction, I will recommend five specific and measurable actions you can implement to assist English language learners in the classroom. To increase the likelihood of success and continuity, I suggest teachers pick one item and stick to it for the rest of the year. It is better to do one thing consistently and do it well than to try to do all five and possibly lose focus and motivation, becoming a Jack of all trades and master of none. I also suggest teachers employ the "support group" method to ensure success and use the chosen strategy as a topic for a professional learning community. Sharing successes and challenges with colleagues will help you all grow professionally, and more students will benefit academically.
World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. New stories, translations, pictures and sound recordings every week. So keep coming back to enjoy new content!
Soleado: Promising Practices from the Field
Check out the latest edition of Soleado, a publication from Dual Language Education of New Mexico. This latest issue highlights resources and strategies that can be used in ELD, Dual Language, and general education classes to support the language development and academic learning of English Language Learners. Some of the articles in this issue demonstrate the power of exit slips, how to focus on content language in a sheltered instruction classroom, and the power of pictoral information charts in developing student writing.
WIDA Focus Bulletin: Observing Language Use to Promote Dual Language Development
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma & Aspiring Americans
Aspiring Americans Scholarship
• Graduating seniors of any Oklahoma High School or student of any Oklahoma Higher Education Institution
• Recipients must exhibit financial need, strong moral character, high academic achievement and promise of service to community, state and country
• Must provide an official high school transcript
• Must provide an estimate of yearly family income and household size
• Must not receive any federal financial aid
PurposeThe Aspiring Americans Scholarship is available to graduating seniors of any Oklahoma High School or student of any Oklahoma higher education institution who do not qualify for aid because of their immigration status
Contact Tracey Medina for more information.
ACCESS Test Planning Resources
Materials pick up at Enrollment Center: February 4 & 5, 2016
ACCESS 2.0 & Alternate ACCESS
- ACCESS 2.0 Q&A PowerPoint
- ACCESS 2.0 Accessibility & Accommodations Descriptions
- ACCESS 2.0 Headphone Specifications
- ACCESS 2.0 Sample Items
Upcoming Title III Events
January 12th, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training Part 1
January 12th, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training
January 12th, 3:30pm - ESL Certification Test Study Group (Elementary)
January 12th, 4:00pm - Spanish for Educators (Edivate)
January 12th, 4:30pm - ESL Certification Test Study Group (Secondary)
January 13th, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Online Test Administrator Training
January 13th, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Paper-based Test Administrator Training
January 13th, 8:30am - ACCESS Kindergarten Veteran Test Administrator Training
January 13th, 10:00am - ACCESS Kindergarten Veteran Test Administrator Training
January 13th, 12:30pm - ACCESS Kindergarten New Test Administrator Training
January 14th, 8:30am - ACCESS 2.0 Paper-based Test Administrator Training
January 14th, 12:30pm - ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training Part 2
January 14th, 3:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Elementary)
January 14th, 4:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Secondary)
January 15th, 8:30am - Reading Instruction for English Language Learners
January 15th, 8:30am - Implementing Dual Language Best Practices: Language of the Day
All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.
ELD Weekly Bulletins for SY2015-2016
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