Tag Archives: MELL

Book Study: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner

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

Targeting Outcomes for English Language Learner’s & Students with Disabilities

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 www.csd.org/pd_programs. 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

ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Refresher

Today at CSD, Marlow Barton and Debra Cole (pictured) are offering professional development on World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA) and Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (or, ACCESS for ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is a large-scale language proficiency assessment given to kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners. It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states (like Missouri) to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English.

In the full-day professional development session, participants- anyone administering the ACCESS, or is new to the field of ELL- will review and have time for question and answer sessions on:

• the test & materials
• test distribution & security
• administration of the four parts
• rating the open-ended speaking test
• kindergarten administration

Coming up in January, Marlow and Debra will hold two other WIDA professional development sessions: Introduction to the Missouri (WIDA) ELD (English Language Development) Standards on January 14, and CLIMBS: Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success on January 29th. CLIMBS stands for Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success; the January session is the first of five. The other dates include: Monday, March 11; Thursday, March 28; Tuesday, April 30; Tuesday, May 28. All sessions are still accepting registrations and you can enroll online.

Learn more about MELL, the Missouri Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL) program, at www.csd.org.