ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - Week of March 9th, 2015

Understanding Language Transfer to Maximize ELL Learning

By National Geographic REACH:

English learners arrive at the doors of our schools from many different countries and every walk of life. With them, they bring a wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity that transforms the simplest classroom into a unique cultural experience.

Regardless of previous educational experiences, second-language learners have a developed sense of how language operates. Through home-language experiences, they understand how sounds combine to form words and how words combine to convey meaning, sense, and ideas. Students' understanding of their first language serves sometimes to accelerate and other times to detour their acquisition of similar skills in English.

Click here to read more about how to maximize the impact and benefit of language transfer in the classroom and access cross-linguistic comparison charts of English syntax, semantics, and phonics with Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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Live Streaming Event: Panel on ELs with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) invites you to participate remotely in this one-day program on English Learner Students with Disabilities (ELSWDs).

WHEN: Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Via live streaming at: http://edstream.ed.gov/webcast/Play/ 63d02888372148e68b1cb37f8da6e3511d

Panel 1 (9:00–11:00 a.m. ET): "Differentiating Language and Literacy Acquisition from Disability"

Panel 2 (11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET): "Valid and Reliable Assessments for ELSWDs."

Panel 3 (2:00–3:00 p.m. ET):" Assessing ELs With Significant Cognitive Disabilities—Alternate ELP Standards and Assessments, and Growth and Attainment Criteria."

To RSVP, please email Clare Halloran at challoran@air.org.

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ReadyRosie Stats for February

Congratulations, Marshall Elementary School, for having the highest number of families and children using ReadyRosie to engage in home-based family learning experiences!

The Top 5 Schools with Families & Children using ReadyRosie:
1. Marshall ES
2. Celia Clinton ES
3. Skelly ES
4. Kendall-Whittier ES
5. McKinley ES

Check out February's data for registered families and children per district and school below:

ReadyRosie Infographic of Districtwide Usage for February 2015

ReadyRosie Usage Data by School - February 2015

Parent conferences provide a great opportunity to share this great parent engagement tool with families. Check out these resources for engaging families with ReadyRosie during Spring Break:

ReadyRosie Easy Sign-up Flyer (English)

ReadyRosie Easy Sign-up Flyer (Spanish)

Spring Break Worksheet (English)

Spring Break Worksheet (Spanish)
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Alternate ACCESS Test Resources & Training Information

The Alternate ACCESS is the assessment administered to ELLs with significant, cognitive disabilities as determined by the IEP team. The Alternate ACCESS Information Sheet provides detailed information on the assessment as well as the guiding protocol questions which IEP teams must use to determine if the ELL student will take the Alternate ACCESS or the ACCESS for ELLs.

The Alternate ACCESS is administered by the Special Education student of ELLs identified to participate in this assessment. Annual training for both new and veteran test administrators is required. Below is the final opportunity for Alternate ACCESS training this semester:

March 10th, 9:00am - Veteran Test Administrator Training
March 10th, 12:30pm - New Test Administrator Training

The Special Education teach must submit the Alternate ACCESS Student Roster to Laura Grisso by March 25th, so that the testing materials can be prepared for pick up. If you have any questions regarding the Alternate ACCESS assessment, please contact your Title III Specialist.

Reminder: ACCESS for ELLs 2015 Test Directions and Checklist

The ACCESS for ELLs testing window is open! Please make sure that everyone administering the ACCESS for ELLs test is familiar with the 2015 Test Directions and Checklist which address security protocols and re-ordering of test materials. Click here to review the ACCESS for ELLs 2015 Test Directions and Checklist.

If you have any questions related to ACCESS for ELLs testing please contact your Title III Specialist for assistance.
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The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Needs You!

The Commission is recruiting currently certified educators in Oklahoma to take part in a review and revision of many subject area certification exams, including English as a Second Language. Your experience and expertise is needed.

To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

The ELD Newsletter for March 2015 is Out!

The ELD Newsletter features topics and resources to support all school leaders and teachers working with English Language Learners. Topics this month include:

  • Spanish and English content area resources
  • WIDA Weekends Review
  • Resources for immigrant students
  • Resources for Newcomer ELLs
  • Parent and Family Engagement Resources
  • ELL student projects
  • ACCESS for ELLs Testing Reminders

Click here to read more.

Title III/ELD Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Title III Events & Deadlines for the Week of March 9th:
March 9th, 9:00am - ELL Technical Assistance Training for Principals
March 9th, 4:00pm - ELL Technical Assistance Training for Principals
March 10th, 8:30am - Alternate ACCESS Veteran Test Administrator Training
March 10th, 12:30pm - Alternate ACCESS New Test Administrator Training
March 10th, 4:30pm - ESL Certification Test Study Group
March 11th, 9:00am - ACCESS for ELLs Veteran Test Administrator Training (Secondary)
March 11th, 12:30pm - ACCESS for ELLs Veteran Test Administrator Training (Elementary)

Click here to view the Title III/ELD Calendar.