Presentation on theme: "What do you think EL Civics is?. Our LOGO! ELC What do E L and C stand for?"— Presentation transcript:
What do you think EL Civics is?
Our LOGO! ELC What do E L and C stand for?
What do you know? Time to take a pre-test!
English Literacy Civics Education Grant in Oregon Regional Meetings Presentation Fall 2007 Sponsored by the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development
What is EL/Civics? EL/Civics stands for English Literacy and Civics Education
What is the federal definition of EL/Civics? The Federal Registry, November 17, 1999 defined civics education as: an educational program that emphasizes the contextualized instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civic participation, U.S. history, and government to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers, and community members.
What is the purpose of EL/Civics? The intention of EL/Civics is to provide integrated English literacy and civics education to immigrants and other limited English proficient populations to promote effective participation in the education, work, and civic opportunities of this country. Activities funded through the EL/Civics allocation will extend instructional services; funds are to be used to supplement, not supplant, adult education programs.
What is required of Oregon grantees to fulfill the purpose of EL/Civics? Incorporate Crossroads Café and/or On Common Ground into instruction. Incorporate innovative instructional strategies by using distance education and/or technology. Expand educational services. Demonstrate strong community support and partnerships.
What else is required? Participate in professional development training and activities that focus on civics curriculum development, including contributions to the EL/Civics listserv. Utilize the state approved assessment tools. Utilize TOPS data system. Meet or exceed statewide performance levels for federal reporting.
Additional Requirements in Oregon Annual End-of-Year EL/Civics reports Executive Summary of program year highlights, challenges, outcomes (both anticipated and unanticipated), and impact of program based on previous year Continuation Application Annual Continuation Applications Reflection on program implementation Future strategies, including use of program guides Budget
EL/Civics in Oregon ABS programming administered through 17 community colleges and the Dept. of Corrections in Oregon 12 community colleges administer EL/Civics grant program Urban & rural Small & large Campus-based & community-focused
EL/Civics : Overview of our beginnings Each college interpreted grant requirements differently Different levels of participation across the state Program implementation was not cohesive or very systematic
EL/Civics Professional Development Listserv administered by one state-contracted faculty from a participating college Website administered by one state-contracted faculty from a participating college Quarterly trainings led by two state- contracted faculty from participating colleges
EL/Civics Curriculum Crossroads Café video series On Common Ground video series 2002, Companion workbooks for use with On Common Ground created by Susan Gelder & Melanie Holland of Mt. Hood Community College, for CCWD
EL/Civics Standardized Assessment CASAS and/or BEST Plus Program Evaluation & Improvement End-of-Year Report/Continuation Application Program Review AIDDE model (Analyze, Identify, Design, Document, Evaluate)
EL/Civics A Year of Renewal & Reflection Hired state EL/Civics Coordinator (external, contracted position) Re-examined original RFPs Began rethinking our approach to Professional Development for EL/Civics
EL/Civics A New Beginning Created EL/Civics Advisory Group Re-invented Professional Development offerings EL/Civics State Coordination part of Education Specialist position (internal) Created EL/Civics Planning Guide Integrated California Civic Objectives with Crossroads Café and On Common Ground
EL/Civics Continuous Improvement Professional Development retreats in October, January, and April Teaching and Learning in Authentic Contexts study circles Intra- and Inter-program collaborations
EL/Civics Planning Guide: Table 1- Competency and Objective Summary CO # Competency Area (Chose 3) Civic Objective Language and Literacy Objectives (Choose 5) Instructors Responsible for Implementation Implementation Structure Date Implemented
EL/Civics Planning Guide: Table 2 – Integrating Objectives into Instruction CO # Language/Literacy Objectives Covered Corresponding Basic Skills (R, W, S, L) Instructional Activities Indicate with an * those activities which specifically include authentic content and contexts as described in the study circles training. Integrating Crossroads Café or On Common Ground into Civics Instruction (Episode/Title) Student Skill Level(s) (Educational Functioning Levels) Assessment Skill Area and Tool (R, W, S, L) CASAS FWA, CASAS R, CASAS L, BEST Plus
EL/Civics Planning Guide: Table 3 – Instructor Needs Assessment CO # Professional Development Resources Instructional ResourcesData ResourcesOther Resources
EL/Civics Planning Guides: Definitions and Instructions Definitions and Instructions for EL/Civics Planning Guides are available electronically CCWD Adult Basic Skills website Click on Title II, Compliance Calendar Program Reports.
Questions? What else would you like to know? Who do you contact for local program information? At CCWD contact Jenni Newby, ABS Leadership Specialist ext 234