ELD Weekly Bulletin

Title III/ELD Listserv - February 16, 2016

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Content Conversations: Strategies for ELLs

by Nicole Knight

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.

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SIOP Resource: Word Generation

Word Generation is a fun activity that uses what students already know to help them understand how words work in English. You can use this activity to help students build capacity to learn new words on their own.
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Assessment Literacy Challenge: Challenge Accepted!

Stacey Vinson, ILD for Clitnon MS, Eugene Field ES, Kendall-Whittier ES, Rogers College JH/HS, and Webster HS, recently issued the Assessment Literacy Challenge to teachers across her schools to share tips, tricks, and strategies on how they are preparing students with effective assessment literacy techniques in their classroom.

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.

Challenge accepted by Rachel Pogue - Sequoyah ES

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:


New Users:

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

Returning users:

Click on the “Log In/Register” on the right side of the page

Enter email and password
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Tech for ELD

If you missed #edcamp918 on January 30, 2016 at Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy, you missed an engaging and entertaining professional learning experience for educators around the state. I snagged a few resources from twitter to share with you to support your use of tech for student and professional learning:

#edcamp918 session notes: Chrome Apps and Extensions

The Ultimate Hashtag Guide for English Language Teachers

Feedback Needed: ELD Team T-Shirts

Interest has been expressed from our ELD team in regards to designing our own team t-shirt. Props to Melissa Boone, ELD teacher at Lindbergh ES, for the great t-shirt design below.

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.

Please complete this brief survey on your interest in purchasing and ELD team t-shirt.

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Missed an ELD Department Meeting?

Check out the resources below from ELD Department Meetings this semester:

Upcoming Title III Events

Week of February 16th:

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.