ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - February 8, 2016

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Stories for the Chinese New Year

from ColorínColorado

Many people around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year (sometimes referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival), and we've compiled a list of colorful children's books to accompany the festivities! Whether it's hanging spring-happiness poems or the exciting awakening of the dragon, these books capture the rich sense of tradition and renewal with which families sweep out the old year and welcome the new.

The Best Resources for Chinese New Year

by Larry Ferlazzo

All, or at least most, of the links in “The Best…” list are also included in The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations.

I just thought it would be helpful to teachers and others to put all of the Chinese New Year ones in its own separate list, too. It makes it a little more simple for my students when we have a lesson on the holiday. You can see a schedule of when the New Year begins in every year here.

Reading in Chinese: "This Next New Year"

To Plan Together or Not Plan Together: Why is that a Question?

by Susan Pryor

Teaching for biliteracy is different than teaching for monoliteracy…but in a typical school they may coexist under one roof or across one grade level. There are valuable benefits to collaborating with same-grade partner teachers, but it is also crucial to maintain a multilingual perspective and honor the differences inherent in literacy instruction for each context. So how do educators who teach for biliteracy collaborate with their peers who teach for monoliteracy?

It is possible! The key to this collaboration is starting at the core of teaching children how to read and write—the meaning. Whether you are nurturing literacy in one language or two, you need to have a topic to read and write (and talk!) about. Teachers can work together to establish a meaningful context for literacy instruction by developing shared units that can be applied (with some adaptations) across programs. Their collaboration can begin with consideration of three aspects of a unit.

Read more about consideration of three aspects of a unit in collaborative planning here.

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ReadyRosie Updates

The ReadyRosie website recently received a much-needed update. The best feature for our families is a new layout for our video library that is easier to use and easier to search. They also put all of the Partner Resources in one place so that you can access the tools you need to make ReadyRosie successful with our families.

For support on launching ReadyRosie with your families, contact your ELD Coordinator.

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Share your ELD Expertise at the EngageOK Education Conference

The Oklahoma State Department of Education invites proposals for EngageOK, the premier annual conference designed for and presented by Oklahoma educators. Proposals are welcome that address these questions or share practices and insights that help teachers teach expertly, administrators lead courageously, and parents guide knowledgeably.

All proposals will be completed on this form and submitted to the Events Office at the State Department of Education at events@sde.ok.gov by February 23, 2016.

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New NCELA Website

The new NCELA website has launched, featuring the English Learner Tool Kit developed to support state and local education agencies in meeting their obligations to English Learners (ELs).

Sign up for the bimonthly enewsletter, NCELA Nexus, designed to keep you up-to-date on new resources, upcoming events and provides links to opportunities for jobs, education, and funding related to education of ELs and the EL community.

Upcoming Title III Events

Week of February 8th:

February 10, 8:30am - Alternate ACCESS New Test Administrators

February 10, 8:30am - Kindergarten ACCESS New Test Administrators

February 10, 12:30pm - Alternate ACCESS Veteran Test Administrators

February 10, 12:30pm - Kindergarten ACCESS Veteran Test Administrators

February 11, 3:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Elementary)

February 11, 4:30pm - ELD Department Meeting (Secondary)

All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.