In One Week: Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

There are still a few spots left for Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies on Wednesday, February 28th!

Register here.

This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1738187)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning in all content areas while meeting the diverse needs of your ELL population. Not only will you explore a variety of effective engagement activities, but you will also discover how to incorporate quick formative assessments throughout your lesson that will provide the information necessary to increase your students’ success.

Please bring the upcoming unit of study for your content area(s).

*This training and the training titled Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Lingustic Success (FA1738187) are best taken in sequence as they complement each other, but it is not required.

What: Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies (SP1837733)

Who: Teachers and Instructional Coaches

When: February 28, 2018  9am-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact joy.vandehoef@esc13.txed.net

Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier

Three 2nd graders, all English-learners, stand outside Jones Elementary in Springdale, Ark., in 2007.“A 12-year-old English learner is capable of the same complexity of thought, innovative ideas, and profound questions as a native English speaker of the same age, ” teacher Justin Minkel explains in this article for edweek.org.

What a great point about how we consider the responses of our ELLs! As educators, this is part of “the why” in our focus on providing wait time, visuals, word walls, sentence stems, and time to reference notebooks or table partners. ELL students have more to say than their emerging English skills allow. It takes time to transfer that L1 knowledge! Read more here.

 

 

Article by Justin Minkel and photo appear in www.edweek.org

TELPAS TIPS with Maria Green

Last week Kelly Bertholf, District Testing Coordinator for Pflugerville ISD and Melissa Haney, District Testing Coordinator for Hutto ISD shared some ways they organize and plan their calendars to ensure a smooth TELPAS testing window.

Continuing our efforts to share out TELPAS TIPS with our blog readers, we sat down with Round Rock ISD Bilingual/ESL Director, Maria Green to discuss her district plan for TELPAS testing.

You can view the plan here.

DS: Maria, you were so kind to share the Round Rock ISD plan with the ELL EDvocate blog audience. Tell us a little about how you use this testing plan to support your campuses.

MG: Three years ago, our Bilingual/ESL Department collaborated with our Assessment Department to formulate a standardized process for our 50 plus campuses. The TELPAS plan is intended to ensure all campus testing coordinators have an understanding of the Spring testing process.

DS: In Section IV, you discuss the importance of adhering to FERPA guidelines. Tell me more about the division of the duties you outlined here.

MG: This statement is intended to make sure all stakeholders understand the TELPAS assessment is State mandated and should be held in the same regard as the STAAR assessment. Additionally, the statement reminds campus staff to keep TELPAS documents secure and discussions regarding students should be limited to the rating process.

DS: With the Listening and Speaking assessments taking place on the computer this year, you included some extra attention to Technology in Section V. What challenges (if any) do you anticipate with these changes?

MG: We are hoping that we do not experience any challenges. Our Assessment Department has purchased headphones for each campus based on the number of ELs. The campus testing coordinator is responsible for working with their Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) to ensure all the devices are ready for the online assessment.

DS: You created a responsibility/role for collecting those writing samples of students who may be missing the necessary pieces in their folder. Ensuring that collections are complete can be a challenge. What plans have you seen used effectively on your campuses?

MG: Our department staff members schedule TELPAS Writing Collection reviews for campuses. During these reviews, we randomly select student folders to ensure the required number and types of writing samples are evident. This is done prior to the final student data entered into the TAMS system.

DS: Any other tips or thoughts you might like to share? 

MG: Collaborating with key stakeholders in your District is a must to ensure a smooth TELPAS assessment process.

 

More TELPAS TIPS are on the way…

February LPAC At-A-Glance

February is here and it’s time to check in with your LPAC calendar. As the TELPAS window approaches, it’s also a good time to review ELL enrollment numbers and consider your Bilingual/ESL classrooms and staff.

The LPAC Year-at-a-Glance (check your livebinder) is a great resource to keep close by when considering your ELLs and their annual progress.

Need a refresh on meeting protocol? Review the LPAC Framework here, and check out the video series by Region 20 ESC for some quick examples of how to conduct your meetings.

Photo by Eric Rothermel on Unsplash

The National Shortage of ELL Teachers Has Caught the Eye of Congress

“With the nationwide growth in the number of English-language-learner students, more districts are tapping a thin talent pool—and challenges remain even after schools fill vacancies.”

“The Reaching English Learners Act would create a grant program under Title II of the Higher Education Act, the part of the law that governs teacher preparation, to pave the way for colleges and school districts to develop curricula for aspiring ELL teachers.”

Read more here.

Article and photo credit to edweek.org

TELPAS TIPS with Kelly Bertholf and Melissa Haney

TELPAS season is upon us! You have likely already begun preparing -testing headsets, checking your rosters and filling your calendars. Here at the ELL EDvocate, we want to provide a place for you to share how your district readies for the testing window.

On January 12th, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly Bertholf, District Testing Coordinator for Pflugerville ISD and Melissa Haney, District Testing Coordinator for Hutto ISD to discuss some ways they help their districts prepare for TELPAS testing.

DS: Kelly and Melissa, thanks for sharing with us. What are some things you keep in mind when building your TELPAS schedules?

MH: One of the things we do in Hutto ISD to help our campuses prepare for TELPAS is that we offer work sessions. We offer a work session before the TELPAS window opens so that our testing coordinators can build their groups and their test sessions –we want to have everything ready to go for the first day of the window. We also offer some work sessions toward the end of the TELPAS window to help everyone enter in the holistic rating information and make sure everything is ready to go before the window closes.

KB: In Pflugerville I also have several work sessions -to offer that technical support. I also create a calendar. It’s a day-by-day calendar, almost a checklist of EVERY step that needs to be completed. It allows me to follow up with my campuses so that they know what the expectations are. I also suggest that you have a calibration schedule for your campuses where they all contribute their calibration dates -so that they can share those among campuses if needed.

MH: Going off of her idea about training  -we make sure, in both of our districts I think, that we have a really good system for documenting training. It is the rater’s responsibility to keep track of their certificate, so in our district we make sure to go ahead and document ours in our professional development system so that the trainings don’t get lost year after year. We also have every campus coordinator keep a spreadsheet list of their raters, including what training they need and when they completed it so that we have a comprehensive reference.

KB:  Yes we do the same thing. It’s really important for the next year so that your campus coordinators have something to refer to. They can determine who their new and returning raters are. You want to keep those records from year to year for your campuses.

DS: In what ways are you preparing for the online portions of TELPAS this year?

KB: In PFISD, I have all my campus testing coordinators run headset tests, using every single set of headsets they are going to use during the live administration. For one, that gives us practice answering questions just like the students will, but it also makes sure our headsets are compatible with our hardware. Along the same lines, it’s really important that your students have the same opportunities to practice -to respond to a prompt, record a prompt, and listen to their own voices and decide if they want to record again or submit that recording as their answer.

DS: Absolutely, and some of our beginning ELLs may not have used a headset or microphone before, right?

 KB: Right. One of the tools we found to be helpful is flipgrid.com. It allows teachers to post a question, and it gives students a opportunity to respond and listen to themselves! -Really important practice.

 

Stay tuned for more TELPAS TIPS.

Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1738187)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning in all content areas while meeting the diverse needs of your ELL population. Not only will you explore a variety of effective engagement activities, but you will also discover how to incorporate quick formative assessments throughout your lesson that will provide the information necessary to increase your students’ success.

Please bring the upcoming unit of study for your content area(s).

*This training and the training titled Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Lingustic Success (FA1738187) are best taken in sequence as they complement each other, but it is not required.

Register here.

What: Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies (SP1837733)

Who: Teachers and Instructional Coaches

When: February 28, 2018  9am-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact joy.vandehoef@esc13.txed.net

 

Writing Across the Curriculum: Strategies for English Learners

Looking to provide more writing opportunities for the ELL students in your content area? Join us at the Region 13 ESC on February 14  for Writing Across the Curriculum with Bilingual/ESL Specialist Cody Fernandez. This training is for teachers in grades 6-12. It supports meaningful writing opportunities in each content for each student with a special emphasis on English Learners.

Register here.

What: Writing Across the Curriculum: Strategies for English Learners (SP1838758)

Who: Grade 6-12 Teachers of ELLs

When: February 14, 2018  -9am-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 7872

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact cody.fernandez@esc13.txed.net

Sheltered Instruction Plus with John Seidlitz

 

Overview:  This two-day training will explore incredibly dynamic, hands-on strategies for sheltering instruction in the content areas. Participants will come away from this training with a comprehensive plan for successfully teaching ELLs that includes:

  • welcoming English learners
  • constructing language-rich, interactive classrooms
  • differentiating instruction
  • planning instruction with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)

Participants will receive a copy of Sheltered Instruction Plus by John Seidlitz.

Register here.

What: Sheltered Instruction Plus with John Seidlitz 2018 (SP1836846)

Who: Teachers of ELLs

When: February 7-8, 2018    9am-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 7872

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact daniel.schaetz@esc13.txed.net

Enhancing Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Students

This TEA created training provides districts with a framework for supporting Immigrant students. If you are a stakeholder interested in rolling out similar trainings in your district, we encourage you to attend this learning opportunity. While this event is not an official trainer of trainers, we will discuss professional development considerations to guide LEAs in meeting cognitive, linguistic, and affective needs of immigrant students.

Register here.

What: Enhancing Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Students (SP1838748)

Who: Administrators and Teachers of ELLs

When: January 30, 2018  -1pm-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 7872

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact daniel.schaetz@esc13.txed.net