Presentation on theme: "Success Breeds Success ELD, Leveling Up & Going for an Easy Win John Wolfe Multilingual Department Sept. 14, 2012 Winning isnt everything; its the only."— Presentation transcript:
Success Breeds Success ELD, Leveling Up & Going for an Easy Win John Wolfe Multilingual Department Sept. 14, 2012 Winning isnt everything; its the only thing. ~Vince Lombardi
The Two Challenges to ELs … and at the same time accomplish grade-level content learning through their (Limited) English They have to learn English …
Two Measures of Success English Language Development Academic Achievement
How much growth? On average, alittle above average …
A Closer Look About 60% of the way up … or a 1.1 gain for level 1-2 … and 0.9 levels for Levels 2-3 and 0.8 for Levels 3-4 Maybe about 0.6 levels for Levels 4-5
Easy Win 1: Discrepant in One Area If they tanked one area, its probably an artifact of nerves or confusion/lack of familiarity with the demands of the test. You can probably pop that score up by just supporting the task a few times over the year.
Since this is the only writing test they do … (1) give them practice … and … We know what the prompt looks like … a 15-20 one-page writing task on a bizarre academic challenge. How often do students have a chance to practice this over the course of the year? Would it be useful to them to do similar, content-related tasks? Download all the W-APT stuff at the ELL2 Google Apps Site https://sites.google.com/a/mpls.k12.mn.us/ell2/w-apt https://sites.google.com/a/mpls.k12.mn.us/ell2/w-apt
(2) Show them what theyre shooting for If sample responses clarify expectations for us, isnt it reasonable to provide similar guidance to the students? Download all the W- APT stuff at the ELL2 Google Apps Site https://sites.google.co m/a/mpls.k12.mn.us/ ell2/w-apt https://sites.google.co m/a/mpls.k12.mn.us/ ell2/w-apt
(3) Easy Win 3? Go WHOLE HOG for ELD Support … http://mplsesl.wikispaces.com/MDE-WIDA-ProgressMonitor http://mplsesl.wikispaces.com/MDE-WIDA-ProgressMonitor
Standards/ Learning Targets-based Academic standards as an intellectual James Bond (elegant and daring) Language Intensive 4x (?) to get the strategy 4x (?) to get the Language 4x (?) to get the point WIDA- Informed WIDA core: Modify the language demands of instruction to meet the language abilities of the students. HOW? Modify & support. Formatively Assessed Avoid confounding learning & language Collaborative Too much to do alone
Harder … but not Impossible Supporting ELs language-related learning needs…. What youre aiming for What language the students can handle How to use the right language How to know if the students are learning How to get all this done Standards-Based / Learning Target Focused WIDA-Informed Language Intensive Formative Assessment Collaborative
The PD Options (a) Saturday and after-school Learn-Work-and-Share sessions, where teachers will develop supports for these five features related to the specific topics, units, learning targets, and state standards they're currently working with, Everyone (b) a Collaboration Institute targeted to ESL teachers and collaborating classroom teachers, to explore collaboration more in-depth Some (c) a NeXT teacher cohort to provide monthly and interim support to first-year ESL teachers and others (ESL teachers and collaborating partners) who have committed to the PD experience, New teachers and some others (d) a cohort of teachers pursuing National Board Certification, who will develop these five key features through carefully focused efforts to document best practices in their classrooms, Master Teachers (cohort already formed) (e) a "PD-in-a-box" presentation in which ESL teachers present the five key features to all other teachers in their buildings (twice -- once first quarter, once second quarter) All Staff (f) on-line Moodle Courses that support each of these five features at three varying levels of depth, Open to all (online) (g) an on-line, public sharing site of just-in-time resources, where teachers across the district will publish the strategies and supports they're developing (creating, locating) for curriculum-related student learning (and access and use materials developed by their peers) More and more teachers use this …
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