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Updated 11/15/12 gb

"ESL in Maine" Blog - www.eslinmaine.blogspot.com

Shared information, resources, troubleshooting, tips, best practices, questions answered

 

Translated Health Screen and Permission Forms

All of the translated (9 languages) Health Screen and Permission Forms are posted (as well as links to the translated Vaccine Information Statements/VIS in 24 languages) in the big box of forms on this Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, MaineFlu.gov: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/maineflu/h1n1/educators.shtml#schoolclinics.

 

English Learners and Maine's Assessments Deeksha

Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) - includes assessment components and calendar of test dates

 

2014-2015:  Smarter Balanced Assessments

Maine is a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of two federally supported state-led collaboratives developing assessment systems for math and English language arts that are aligned withe the Common Core State Standards.

Maine schools are on track to begin using the Smarter Balanced Assessments during the 2014-15 academic year.  The assessments will take the place of the New England Common Assessment Program tests taken by students in grades 3 through 8, and the SAT taken by students in high school.

FMI:  Dan Hupp, Director of Standards & Assessment - 624-6827, dan.hupp@maine.gov

 

Research Study: “New Measures of English Language Proficiency and Their Relationship to Performance on Large-scale Content Assessments”

Summary:  Using assessment results for 5th and 8th grade English language learner students in three Northeast and Island Region states, the report finds that the English language domains of reading and writing (as measured by a proficiency assessment) are significant predictors of performance on reading, writing, and mathematics assessments and that the domains of reading and writing (literacy skills) are more closely associated with performance than are the English language domains of speaking and listening (oral skills). - Regional Educational Laboratory, 2009

 

Common Core State Standards and English Learners

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards in Maine

 

Application of Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners

 

From the "Common Core State Standards Initiative," Authors: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council  of Chief State School Officers; www.corestandards.org.

 

Pertinent websites and articles:

 

The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

Help your English language learners attain the competencies stipulated in the Common Core State Standards through rigorous instruction in the content areas and in promoting English language proficiency. This National Association of Secondary School Principal article can be downloaded and printed.

 

Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners

Colorín Colorado resource section explores what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will mean for English language learners (ELLs).

 

Cutting to the Common Core

As the introduction to a series of articles on how implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will affect teaching, Language Magazine presents a selection of expert advice.

 

Panel formed to address ELL issues on common core assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups charged with building Common Core State Standards assessments, has assembled an expert panel to consider the specific needs of English language learners.

CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) listing of Common Core State Standards resources

 

PreK and K Resources

Kentucky Department of Education PreK English Learner resources:

     Information and guidance for serving English Learners in pre-school and kindergarten settings

     PreK-K ELL Reference Handbook

     Child Find/Kentucky System of Intervention (KSI) Preschool Toolkit

     Kentucky DOE Kindergarten Readiness Screener:  http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/HomePageRepository/News+Room/Current+Press+Releases+and+Advisories/12-038.htm

 

Refugee Head Start Collaboration 

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) has teamed with the Office of Head Start (OHS) National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR), a national training and technical assistance center, run by Bank Street College of Education and the Education Development Center.  Virtually all refugee parents with children up to age 5 will meet the income-based eligibility requirements for Head Start services when they first arrive in the U.S. Linking newly resettled refugees with local Head Start programs can provide many benefits for both the Head Start program and for refugee families.

 

English Learners with Disabilities

Identification issues and more

AccELLerate - Spring 2011   The quarterly review of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition addresses English Learners with special needs.  (www.ncela.gwu.edu)

 

Culturally Competent Assessment of ELLs for Special Ed Services by Blatchley & Lau

 

Determining Appropriate Referrals of ELLs to Special Education: A self-assessment guide for principals    Published by CEC and NABE.  Practical recommendations for how to communicate with students and parents, how to involve parents in decision-making, how to set up teacher assistance teams, how to do IEPs, professional development, more.

 

ELLs and Response to Intervention: Referral Considerations by Rinaldi & Sampson.  This CEC articles addresses how Response to Intervention plays into the referral process.

 

ELLs with Disabilities: Identification and Other State Policy Issues by Keller-Allen, 2006.  A policy survey of 7 states.

 

Samples of other states’ manuals addressing ELLs with disabilities:  

Minnesota - http://alex.state.al.us/ell/sites/alex.state.al.us.ell/ell_files/MN%20ELL%20Companion%20for%20SPE.pdf

Virginia - http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/esl/standards_resources/resources/handbook_educators.pdf

Washington (Early Childhood) - www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/pubdocs/CLD.doc

Oklahoma - http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/SpecEd-IdentifyingELL.pdf

Vermont - http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/pgm_esl/educ_ell_sped_resource_guide.pdf

 

Film Short: "Immersion" http://learning.snagfilms.com/film/immersionxxThis 12-minute film is thought-provoking and an important resource for all school personnel.

 

Beatrice Moore Luchin 2010 and 2011 Maine workshops

“Math and English Learners: Graphic Organizers” - April 29, 2011.xTo access the handouts, go to http://syntiro.org/index.php/resources/handouts#ell and scroll down the page to "Using Graphic Organizers to Support Literacy in Math Instruction - April 29, 2011 - Presented by Bea Moore Luchin.”

 

"How Do I Know What they Know and Understand? Instant Math Assessment Techniques" - April 29, 2010

"How Do I Know What They Know? Building Your Toolkit of Assessment Strategies" PowerPoint in pdf  |  Handouts from the workshop

 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Federal Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) provides national leadership to help ensure that English language learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academically:  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html
 
US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights English Language Learner Resources
 
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELLs:  http://www.ncela.gwu.edu
 
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture useful to practitioners working with English languages learners. A recent update to the website includes"CAL Solutions: PreK-12 ELL Education: www.cal.org and www.cal.org/solutions
 
The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium is the source of ACCESS for ELLs®. a broad reach of resources are available on the site as well as links to WIDA states: www.wida.us
 
SchoolsMovingUp/WestEd offers interactive resources to schools and districts to address the challenge of raising student achievement for English Learners: http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/tpc/8.   Also use the NCLB and Diverse Learners tabs.
 
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), is a global association for English language teaching professionals: www.tesol.org. To access the nationally developed  TESOL standards in use across most states with TESOL students, click ESL Standards: http://www.tesol.org/assoc/k12standards/index.html
 
The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is a professional organization devoted to representing Bilingual Learners and Bilingual Education professionals: http://www.nabe.org/
 
Limited English Proficiency - a Federal Interagency Website:http://www.lep.gov
MAINE LINKS
The University of Maine's Project Reach provides a comprehensive, state-wide program in support of K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs) and ELL Teachers in Maine's public schools: http://www.umaine.edu/projectreach/
 
Portland Public Schools Multilingual and Multicultural Center:  http://www.portlandschools.org/schools/multilingual
 
Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) - Supporting English Language Acquisition with Technology

 

Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine http://www.hhrc.org/
 
For Maine's service center that supports Maine's Wabanaki tribes and others interested in Indian education and issues, click Wabanaki Studies. http://www.umaine.edu/ld291/
 
Multicultural Resources, Services, and Diversity Initiatives of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oma/MulticulturalResource/educ.html

GENERAL RESOURCES    These sources can be used to access many more resources than will be listed here

Successful School Environments - a premier bilingual site for families and educators of ELLs : www.colorincolorado.org
 
International network of ESL educators, Dave's ESL Cafe http://www.eslcafe.com/
 
The Internet TESL Journal - Articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and links for teachers of English as a Second Language. http://iteslj.org
 
ESL Magazine. http://www.eslmag.com/
 
Links to ESL resources and curriculum: www.schackne.com/Languageteaching.htm
 
everythingESL.net - ESL lesson plan samples, teaching tips, resources, ESL national news. http://www.everythingesl.net
 
Partnership for Hispanic Family Learning: www.YesICan.gov
 
Volunteer abroad: http://www.unitedplanet.org
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
ELLs in Your Classroom? Collaborating for Success  Presentation by Rita MacDonald (2010)
 
On-Line Dictionaries serving 6800 known languages in 191 countries: http://yourdictionary.com/languages.html
 
Learn English - a free, on-line, educational resource helping ESL and EFL students to learn English words, with high-quality audio created in a sound studio. The flash site incorporates 40 topics, along with over 1,500 English words and phrases. When you click on a word or phrase you can hear it spoken. The menus, transliterations and translations are in French, Hebrew Russian and Spanish, with an English- only menu option.
 
eGlossary - a web-based glossary for mathematics with several languages - Arabic, Bengal, Chinese, Spanish, Haitian, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Tagalog Urdu, Vietnamese. Note: this link is specific for math terms only. http://www.glencoe.com/sec/math/mlg/mlg.php
 
itools is a useful intenet tool to help English language learners to look up words, check out computer terms, or to translate text (taken from freetranslation.com), all in one site: http://www.itools.com
 
The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant, Marianne Gluszak Brown, and Valerie Nelson-Metlay
 
Language software reviews and resources - www.languagesoftware.net 
 
Newspapers Around the World - online links: http://www.thepaperboy.com
 
Domestic and International Events, Conflict Resolution, and Intercultural Understanding lesson plans (Grades K-12): http:// www.teachablemoment.org
Free Curriculum Guide for Teaching Tolerance Focusing on the Uniqueness of the Vietnamese (Grades 7 and up): www.teachingtolerance.org/kit/vietnamese-americans. Other free Curriculum Guides can be found by browsing the general site: www.teaching tolerance.org.
 
Two-Level Current Affairs Lesson Plans for English Language Learners: All lessons have a current affairs focus. Each contains a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises. Classroom handouts are reproducible in Word and PDF. http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/
 
Ethnologue: Languages of the World - an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages, including geographic distribution of 2000 living languages. http://www.ethnologue.com
 
Words borrowed from other languages - covers 146 languages: http://www.krysstal.com/borrow.html
 
The Ministry of Education from Mexico - materials on line for Spanish speakers: http://www.sep.gob.mx/wb2
MIGRANT RESOURCES
Migration Policy Institute Data Hub: http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/statemap.cfm# 
ESCORT - the Migrant Education National Support Center for Migrant Limited English Proficient Students. Texts and help kits are available for low density populations of students for whom English is a new language, particularly for migrant students: http://www.escort.org/
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: http://www.gcir.org/