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Deb Drescher Warren County Public Schools. Warren County Public Schools’ Title III (ELL) program is now in school improvement status and has identified.

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1 Deb Drescher Warren County Public Schools

2 Warren County Public Schools’ Title III (ELL) program is now in school improvement status and has identified three goals to address the instructional needs of our ELL students.  One goal is our school division will increase LEP student achievement in reading by improving the ELL pass rate on the SOL Reading/Language Arts tests for grades 3-11.

3  Professional development plan:  Help our reading and English teachers increase academic vocabulary and incorporate it with writing skills for all ELL students  Provide opportunities to learn effective, research-based strategies for teaching English Language Learners

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6  What levels of service are the English Language Learning students in your classroom receiving and how do you know they are making progress?

7  Instruction of the five big ideas from the report from the National Reading Panel: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension.  Oral fluency in English is associated with comprehension and writing skills.  Oral fluency in the first language can be used to facilitate literacy development in English.

8  Individual differences contribute significantly to English literacy development.  Adequate assessments are essential for gauging individual strengths and weaknesses.  Home language experiences can have a positive impact on literacy achievement. August, Diane & Shanahan, Timothy (2006) Developing Literacy in Second Language Learners: Report of the National Reading Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth, Laurence Irbaum Associates, 2006.

9  What percentage of time during a one hour lesson do you think students are doing the talking your classroom?  How do you think oral proficiency in English is associated with English comprehension and writing skills?

10  Enhance academic language by:  Introducing new basic academic subject-specific vocabulary.  Structure multiple opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction.  Increase speaking, listening, reading comprehension and writing skills.  Support language interactions with review/preview of academic language Bongolan, Rain S., Moir, Ellen (2005) Accelerating Academic Language Development Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners, New Teacher Santa Cruz.

11  Evaluating English language learning is vital to a student’s acquisition of both social and academic vocabulary.  The English Learning Progress Rubric will be used at the beginning of the school year, mid-year, and at the end of the school year.  Each Limited English Student will be assessed using this rubric.

12  Progress will also be monitored through:  County-wide reading or English benchmark assessments  County-wide writing assessments  Final proof of academic progress is the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessment Professional Development  Professional development will be guided through the Survey for Instructional Practices for ELL Teachers.

13  The professional development plan is to:  Help our reading and English teachers increase academic vocabulary and incorporate it with writing skills for all ELL students  Provide opportunities to learn effective, research-based strategies for teaching English Language Learners  This presentation is just the beginning of this process.  Our professional development goal is our school division will increase LEP student achievement in reading by improving the ELL pass rate on the SOL Reading/Language Arts tests for grades Thank-you for your participation and commitment to help our ELL students learn and achieve.


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