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blog post byStarting this summer, we will be sharing blog posts from staff who working as part of the LearningLab as well as the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center. (Want to know more? Visit the “About” section at the top of the blog!) Look for information on upcoming programs, resources they’d like to share and much more!

Up first, Marlow Barton and Julie Sperry write about an upcoming symposium – click on the links for further details:

Happy almost summer! We are looking forward to seeing you in June as we focus on diversity together. We are excited about the many learning opportunities that will be waiting for you during the St. Louis Summer Symposium: Focus on Diversity.  On the first day, is Jo Gusman presenting “State Standards and The Diverse Learner” and day two is Beyond Core Expectations: A School-Wide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common-Learner with Dr. Maria Dove and Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld. On the third day, we have Theresa Roberts from California State University presenting on literacy for pre-K-2 diverse learners as well as many breakout sessions on topics such as SPED & ELL, DRDP, WIDA standards, family engagement, legal responsibilities and culturally and linguistically responsive instruction. Can’t wait to see you there!

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CLIMBS participants consult their copies of “Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach” during today’s session

The Content Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success program–  also known as CLIMBS–  is designed to assist teams of K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their English Language Learner students, to build capacity and increase collaboration among educators at the local level. CLIMBS provides an introduction to the use of research-based approaches to scaffolding instruction in classrooms that include ELLs.

Over the course of a full semester–  in five full-day, face-to-face meetings–  teams of educators learn to implement the WIDA ELD Standards in ways that support ELLs’ development of academic language and help ensure their access to intellectually challenging grade-level content. They do this by:

• Exploring cultural practices and the processes of acculturation
• Developing foundational understanding of second language acquisition processes
• Practicing strategies to differentiate instruction according to students’ English language development levels
• Exploring formative assessment as a strategy to expand language learning for students
• Integrating WIDA ELD Standards, Features of Academic Language, and Performance Definitions for planning and instruction
• Collaborating with other one another to support ELL success

CLIMBS was originally developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics on behalf of the WIDA Consortium. Pairs of educators become CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators through the CLIMBS Facilitator Institute. Then, CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators offer the CLIMBS program in a district or local educational context, for teams of ESL/bilingual and general education teachers. EducationPlus’ Marlow Barton is co-facilitating today’s session in the Rockwood School District.

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original blog post about Creating Success for ELL Students

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session on Creating Success for ELL Students is full- however- she’s agreed to facilitate another one on November 7th! At that event, she will also provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. For more details on this full-day session in November at the Brentwood Conference Center, visit our registration page.

Here’s more about the training: as the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Faber received her bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

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MELL The Missouri Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL) program is offering three informal networking and discussion sessions in a “café style” atmosphere; take this time to catch up with peers in other districts, and to learn from each other. Each of the three sessions taking place at Cooperating School Districts will be focused on a particular topic, yet there will also be time to discuss current issues in the field. Feel free to share your ideas, lessons, and discussion points. This is time for you to de-stress, relax, and exchange ideas with other ELL professionals in the St. Louis metro area.

Marlow Barton, ELL Instructional Specialist, MELL
Debra Cole, ELL Instructional Specialist, MELL

September 10, 2013
January 21, 2014
April 1, 2014

Time:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ELL Professionals including ELL Teachers, ELL Instructional Aides, and Classroom Teachers with ELLs are welcome to attend these free sessions. Light snacks will be provided; please register by September 3rd.

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flickr creative commonsAre you a teacher who is looking for ways to challenge, motivate and engage every learner in your math program? In these interactive and fun math games workshops, participants will learn how to use games as a teaching strategy and why this strategy works. Come prepared to play and learn all kinds of game strategies and teaching tips that appeal to all learning styles and will complement any math program. Student samples, reproducible game boards, journal masters and, home connection ideas will be provided. Get your math program rolling with this great workshop opportunity!

Participant Learning Outcomes:
• Games & strategies for teaching numeration, place value, operations, patterning, data management, problem solving and more.
• Ideas for adapting games across the grade levels to reach all learners in your classroom.
• Classroom & resource management ideas to make implementing games-based learning easy.
• Ideas for math backpacks, cross-graded groups, centers, resource room, English Language Learners.
• How to extend math games into journals & assessment.

There are three dates for different grade levels for this professional development (see below). The games use cards, a variety of dice, as well as dominoes as manipulatives and integrate strategies for teaching and reinforcing problem solving skills. The registration deadline for all three dates is May 1, 2013. Each workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts and costs $85 for CSD members and $100 for non-members.

DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for primary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for elementary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for middle school and junior high students: all operations and order of operations, problem solving, pre-algebra and algebra, rounding, graphing, patterning, statistics, data management and more.

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Learn the strategies you need to teach common standards to diverse learners.

The elementary years are a critical opportunity to help students of all backgrounds meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards. In this realistic, thorough book, Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies, authors Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfield show how to help every K-5 student, including English Learners, students with disabilities, speakers of nonstandard English, and other struggling learners, meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The book study’s four sessions will be facilitated by Debra Cole, ELL Instructional Specialist, MELL. All educators and administrators working with ELLs K-5 are invited to participate.

At each meeting we will review & discuss:
• Anticipated Outcomes
• Instructional Challenges
• Promising Classroom Practices
• Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

Time: 4:30–7 p.m. | Dates:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Location: Cooperating School Districts | Conference Room C (Lower Level)

Cost: $90/person. This fee includes the book and 4 dinners.
Note: University credit will be available for this book study.

Reference #34205-15  |  Registration Deadline:  April 11, 2013

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Students with diverse learning needs add pizazz to the classroom, yet also present challenges for teachers. Teachers are faced with teaching to a classroom of students, each with their own learning styles, interests, and abilities. Providing optimal learning for such a diverse group can seem overwhelming. In this April 30th workshop Special Educators, teachers of English Language Learners, and general educators will choose four mini seminars of interest from the following topics measured by State Performance Plan indicators (SPP’s) and Title III’s Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO’s):

• Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students with disabilities (SPP5B)
• Proficiency rates for students with IEPs and English Language Learners on statewide assessment for Comm Arts & Math grades 3-8, HS (SPP3C & AMAO3)
• Parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (SPP8)
• Writing transition IEP goals and exploring transition assessment tools that will enable students to meet the post-secondary goals (SPP13) Increasing English Language Development (K-12) for ELL (AMAO 1, 2, 3)

Interactive, “short and sweet” sessions will provide takeaways teachers can use the next day in their classrooms! After registering, each participant will receive a link to register for 4 break-out sessions, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. To register for Targeting Outcomes for English Language Learner’s and Students with Disabilities, visit Cost is only $15 per person.

Presenters are Cooperating School Districts/ St. Louis Regional Professional Development staff members– specialists in Special Education, School Improvement, and MELL:

Marlow Barton, MELL Instructional Specialist Debra Cole, MELL Instructional Specialist Tricia Buchanan, School Improvement ConsultantRodney Cook, Special Education Compliance ConsultantLaurie Milburn, Special Education Improvement Consultant

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