ELD Weekly Bulletin
Title III/ELD Listserv - February 16, 2016
Content Conversations: Strategies for ELLs
Recently, the Oakland Unified School District partnered with Teaching Channel to launch a three-part video series on Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations. We were at the beginning stages of using classroom discussion as a district-wide strategy to more explicitly integrate language development into content area instruction.
A little over a year later, our learning continues! Oakland teachers are still hard at work, exploring the ways they can best support both language development and content understanding through whole-group and peer discussions. We know from research that language learners need regular opportunities to rehearse new language and apply in in authentic context. We also know that teachers need to be intentional about engaging all students, especially our ELLs, so that no one can hide and everyone can experience success. And anyone who has spent time in the classroom knows fostering authentic conversation among ELLs is no easy task.
In this new series, we visit or revisit Oakland elementary and high school teachers taking on the challenge of integrating language instruction for their ELLs in content instruction. You'll see them trying new strategies, fin tuning old ones, and reflecting on student learning to hone their craft.
SIOP Resource: Word Generation
Assessment Literacy Challenge: Challenge Accepted!
Our very own, Rachel Pogue, ELD teacher at Sequoyah ES, accepted the challenge and shared below on how she is supporting her ELLs in preparing for the ACCESS 2.0 test. Check out her video below.
New Resources in TransAct Parent Notifications
TransACT Communications is a partner with to provide a collection of district and school forms, notices and letters. These forms, notices and letters are free for district and school staff to use to help meet Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirement to communicate with parents and families. This is open to ALL staff!
This easy-to-use online service includes:
GenEd Parent Notifications: Contains more than 100 documents, forms, and letters for reaching out to the parent community. (Available in up to 21 languages)
Health and Medical – Head Lice, Head Injury, Immunizations
Free and Reduced Meals – Letter to Households, Application
School Administration – Back to School Kits, Bullying forms, Parent Teacher Conference Letter, Behavior Referral, Bus/Field Trip, etc.
Campus Signs – Bully Free Zone, Welcome to Our School, Restrooms, Office, etc.
Special Services –Title III/ELL forms, Section 504 Parent-Student Rights, etc.
NCLB Parent Notifications: Contains more than 70 notices supporting title program mandates under the NCLB Act (Title I, III, Highly Qualified Staff, Homeless). Available in up to 6 languages.
Section 504: Contains forms and notices specific to Section 504 (Accommodation Plan, Eligibility, etc.) Available in English and Spanish.
IDEA Parent Notification: Contains more than 60 notices supporting Special Education program requirements. Available in up to 6 languages.
Please login or register for access to TransACT by clicking here:
Click “Log In/Register” in the upper right corner
Click “New User? Register for Access”
Walk through the prompts
You will be emailed a password and login link
Click on the “Log In/Register” on the right side of the pageEnter email and password
Tech for ELD
Feedback Needed: ELD Team T-Shirts
I need feedback from you on your interest in purchasing an ELD team t-shirt so that we can set a price with the vendor. Prices will vary depending on how many t-shirts we can tell the vendor will be ordered. For the purposes of a quote, if approximately 50 t-shirts are ordered, then the individual price per t-shirt will be $9.50 for sizes S - XL and $10.50 for larger sizes.
ACCESS Test Planning Resources
Materials pick up at Enrollment Center: February 4 & 5, 2016
ACCESS 2.0 & Alternate ACCESS
- ACCESS 2.0 Roles & Responsibilities
- ACCESS 2.0 Test Administrator Form
- ACCESS 2.0 Training Schedule
- ACCESS 2.0 Additional Materials Order Form ***NEW***
- ACCESS 2.0 Q&A PowerPoint
- ACCESS 2.0 Accessibility & Accommodations Descriptions
- ACCESS 2.0 Headphone Specifications
- ACCESS 2.0 Sample Items
- ACCESS 2.0 Updates as of 02/03/2016
Upcoming Title III Events
February 16, 8:30am - Alternate ACCESS Veteran Test Administrator Training
February 16, 12:30pm - Alternate ACCESS New Test Administrator Training
February 16, 3:30pm - ESL Certification Study Group (Elementary)
February 16, 4:30pm - ESL Certification Study Group (Secondary)
February 20, 8:30am - Biliteracy Transfer Training (Day 2)
All sessions are listed for enrollment in MyLearningPlan unless noted.
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