Fulfilling the Promise for Secondary English Language Learners

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Fulfilling the Promise for Secondary English Language Learners. Contact Information: Bethany Barrett Bethany.barrett@ bellinghamschools.org Lindsay MacDonald Lindsay.macdonald@bellinghamschools.org Katie Brown Katie.brown@bellinghamschools.org www.mycoachkatie.com - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Contact Information: Bethany BarrettBethany.barrett@ bellinghamschools.orgLindsay MacDonaldLindsay.macdonald@bellinghamschools.orgKatie BrownKatie.brown@bellinghamschools.orgwww.mycoachkatie.com

Bellingham Public SchoolsFulfilling the Promise for Secondary English Language Learners

IntroductionsObjectives Secondary ELL Program ReviewRecommendations & possible next stepsQ & AFulfilling the Promise for Secondary English Language Learners

April 11, 2014

AgendaAll introduce ourselves, Bethany last. Bethany walk through rest of slide.2Understand the components of the Bellingham School Districts Secondary ELL Program Review.

Explore how a program review can create necessary change for ELLs in a secondary setting.

Identify recommendations and possible next steps for your ELL program.

ObjectivesBethany3

Katie: Currently at the secondary level, barriers in our environment (blue areas) are preventing our strategies from impacting the Instructional Core. 5Student data collection (How are our ELLs doing?)Student interviews (How do THEY think they are doing?)Teacher interviews (What are teacher identified barriers for ELL success?)Administrator interviews (What programs are already in place for struggling ELLs?)Family interviews (What are family identified barriers for ELL success?)Research on best practices in serving ELLs (What is working?)

Program Review Components

Katie6

School A 6% current ELLs 10% former ELLs

School B1.5% current ELLs 4% former ELLs

School C1% current ELLs 4% former ELLs

School A 6% current ELLs 10% former ELLs

School B1.5% current ELLs 4% former ELLs

School C1% current ELLs 4% former ELLs

Students earning Ds and FsIn-coming 9th grade students not yet at standard on the MSP11th graders not at standard on the HSPE12th graders not on track to graduateWhich classes are students earning the most Ds and FsAttendance

Other relevant data

9English, Math, and Science = hardest subjects

Homework is a huge struggle

ELL teacher is seen as the adult to go to for help

Many dont know if they are on track to graduate Student Reflections

Bethany

Show video of Lesly10Academic background and determination are leading factors for success in high school.Our current system does not meet the needs of ELLs or students with low skills.Concern over inconsistent grading policiesNeed consistency & innovationAt the moment, teachers are islands left to their own devices and whims; how each student negotiates six different classes is up to each student to work out.

Teacher Reflections

Lindsay11District and state data is used to identify at-risk students. Supports are not targeted for unique needs of ELLs .Some supports are working, others are not and there is no clarity about why.There is a great need to address success attributes and social-emotional stresses. Administrator Reflections

Lindsay12Community and relationships- inclusive, affirming school culture

Specialized courses focused on language development and specific needs of ELLs and LTELs

Focus on study skills, metacognition, and learning strategies (AVID-like)

ELL Best Practices: What works?

ELD classes focused on supporting academic success in other classesAll teachers have to and can teach language development related to their subjectsRigorous and relevant curriculum that is culturally responsive and empoweringMechanisms to support home languageSchool wide Katie13ELD Support classes Academic language and core content instruction

Newcomer Center geared toward 9-12th grade, centrally located

Instructional Coaching intentional focus on SIOP implementation and on-going whole staff and individual PD

SIOP Teacher Cadre - clustering ELLs in gatekeeper classes with a handpicked group of teachers who are dedicated to on-going instructional coaching in SIOP

Program Review Outcomes

Bethany14Grading practices at the high school level

Building culturally responsive and empowering school climates

FTE (allocating existing and adding more)

RTI systems at the high school level

Providing appropriate support for LTELS

Ongoing Questions

Contact Information: Bethany BarrettBethany.barrett@ bellinghamschools.orgLindsay MacDonaldLindsay.macdonald@bellinghamschools.orgKatie BrownKatie.brown@bellinghamschools.orgwww.mycoachkatie.com

Bellingham Public SchoolsFulfilling the Promise for Secondary English Language Learners

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