Check out this info on supporting ELLs' language development!
Check out this info on supporting ELLs' language development!
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October 5, 2020

Designated & Integrated ELD in Elementary

This month's newsletter is focused on Essential Practice 2 of our Essential Practices for ELLs during Distance Learning: Designated and Integrated English Language Development, in elementary.
Even during distance learning, it's essential that our ELLs are developing their English skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. This happens during designated ELD, a protected block of time in a student's day specifically focused on language, and during integrated ELD, where ELLs learn English while focused on other content areas, such as math, science, or ELA.
Below, we share resources to support designated ELD planning using different curricula. We walk you through the steps required for an ELL to reclassify. We interview an elementary ELL about her language, goals, and experiences in distance learning. Plus we introduce you to some new ELLMA team members! 
As always, don't miss our Multilingual, ELL Ambassador, and Sanctuary Corners for important resources and information in those areas.

Designated ELD Teaching Materials

As part of the Strong Start and Stronger Together plans, materials are available to support teaching designated ELD, personalized to their curricula: Benchmark Adelante/Advance, EL Education, or Lucy Calkins Units of Study.
For more information on identifying your ELLs, ascertaining their language proficiency levels, and creating groups, check out Getting Designated ELD Started at the Elementary Level in Distance Learning.

Benchmark Adelante/Advance

Benchmark has created a suite of resources for teachers using their curricula in distance learning, including materials for designated ELD. More information on getting started using Benchmark's D-ELD materials can be found in this letter or by watching this video on how to use the D-ELD learning activities (click here to see a first grade lesson in action). These student companion slides include synchronous and asynchronous language activities.

EL Education

An OUSD teacher leader team is creating language dives lessons aligned to the California ELD Standards to be used with the EL Education curriculum. The language dives are key sentences taken from the anchor text for the week where teachers facilitate students making meaning of both the sentence and the language used in the sentence to build ELLs academic language towards proficiency. More information about these lessons can be found by grade level in this Stronger Together folder or by watching the recorded webinar Designated ELD for EL Education: Language Dives TK-5.

Lucy Calkins Units of Study 

The D-ELD materials for schools using Units of Study center around anchor texts that students read during their ELA lessons. Some lessons are specifically for newcomers and early proficiency ELLs; others are for all ELLs. In grades TK-2, lessons focus on text access, foundational language, and language practice for the ELA text tasks. In grades 3-5, lessons focus on text access, language practice for the ELA text tasks, and language dives. For more information on using these materials, check out our K-2 or 3-5 webinars.

Reclassification: ELLs' Language Graduation


Reclassification is a major milestone for ELLs and serves as the culmination of their progress in developing academic English. Reclassification signifies that an ELL has "graduated" from needing targeted English language supports and is now Fluent English Proficient (RFEP).
The new school year has brought some changes to the reclassification process. The chart below maps out the process. Click here to read more.

ELLMA Spotlight

ELL in focus: Pilar!

Between distance learning and widespread nearby wildfires, Oakland students have faced a tumultuous fall. We decided to check in with one OUSD student to find out about how she's keeping busy during these turbulent times.
Third Grade Student
Greenleaf Elementary School


What languages do you speak?
Spanish and English and a little bit of Mam too.

What are your language goals? How is your home language helpful in your life?
To learn more about languages because if I go somewhere I can know what they are saying: English Chinese, Japanese. [It’s helpful] that all of us in our family know Spanish, and we can talk.

What makes you proud of your heritage and where you come from?
I am proud because I am from Mexico and Guatemala and also here too. San Marcos is close to Mexico. I love how they make chanclas and vestidos. We learned that also in first grade in cultural weeks. and I had to put on a dress and dance.

How has distance learning been going for you?
Not so good. The good is that we learn a lot and we have conferences and that is what I like. What I do not like is that the internet goes away and the battery of the computer dies.

What have you been doing to help yourself learn from home?
My mom helps me. It’s difficult to learn from home. I like to write on a paper when my teachers tell me things on Zoom.

What are some of your hopes and dreams?
To go to university to know how to invent stuff. I also want to go to Mexico and see my brother and my cousins and Grandma and Grandpa and uncles and aunties.

Anything else you want to share?
I still do karate, but I do it at home. And I also do gymnastics. I like to investigate and go to the river. I enjoy watching old movies, and sometimes my cousins come over and we see each other. I also cannot go out when the smoke is bad.

Sanctuary Corner

Resources and tools to ensure all families are welcome, safe, and empowered in our schools and community! 
Last month, we shared information on the recent Supreme Court decision affecting DACA holders. To support staff and families with navigating these changes and finding resources and financial support to help with DACA renewals, please share these flyers in English and Spanish.
We are excited to share the latest issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, full of important articles and resources on anti-racist education, including an article on sanctuary work in Oakland and San Leandro schools. Here's an excerpt: 
In December of 2016, with the support of fellow representative Shanthi Gonzalez, [board member Roseann] Torres introduced a new sanctuary resolution.
The resolution’s language affirmed students’ right to education and all school services regardless of immigration status. It also encouraged improved history curricula and engagement with current events, partnerships with community-based and legal aid organizations, policies that protected students and their personal data from ICE, and training for staff to see these promises through.
The resolution passed. It was among the first of a post-2016 wave across the United States...
You can find updated resources and our Sanctuary Protocol for families here and our ICE Protocol and instructional resources on our sanctuary educator page. Please review and share!

Multilingual Corner

A regular section for our Dual Language and bilingual educators!
We have the DIBELS & IDEL data on the OUSD Data Dashboard:
We are in the process of updating DRA/EDL on the Dashboards. Meanwhile you can find your DRA/EDL data are here:
The Avant dashboard has been updated. You can also check your Avant data here.
Dual Language Assessment Support

ELL Ambassadors Corner

While addressed to our amazing ELL Ambassadors, this section has important information for the whole school community about our ELLs' civil rights and procedures and policies in place to secure these rights. 
Our first ELL Ambassador meeting of the school year will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. If you haven’t received the invitation with the zoom link, please contact Tom Felix. We are excited to begin another year of work to support ELL Reclassification and advocacy for ELLs in our schools.
ELL Ambassadors will receive access to updated ELL Snapshots to use for student and family engagement. The ELL Snapshot is an individualized report that shows where students stand with regard to reclassification criteria, and can be used as a goal setting and parent communication tool.

New Faces in the ELLMA Office

The new school year has brought some staffing changes to ELLMA. We sadly said goodbye to four talented members of our team: Sonia Hansra, Daniel Pastrana, Mike Ray, and Lubia Sanchez. Meet ELLMA's two new amazing staff members below.

Abel Guzmán, Spanish Language Specialist

I support our multilingual community in Oakland, especially Spanish learners. Our culturally and linguistically diverse students need strong multilingual skills to become biliterate and bilingual. I enjoy providing that support to help our scholars use their home languages and cultures as meaningful and powerful assets to their own learning.

Stephanie Noriega, Newcomer Wellness Initiative Program Manager

I am the Program Manager for the Newcomer Wellness Initiative. I support a team of clinical social workers in providing direct services to OUSD families across secondary schools with newcomer programs. My favorite part of working with ELLMA is the ability to be a collaborative partner across all departments to ensure newcomer families are receiving equitable support. 
While we have less staff in the ELLMA Office due to budget cuts at the central office level, we are doing our best to continue the important work that these former staff members held. We ask for your patience with any bumps while we figure it all out.
For questions or needs around Dual Language systems formally held by Lubia Sanchez, please contact Nicole Knight and Maria Ingles.
For Reclassification, PNLs, and ELL Ambassador communication formally held by Mike Ray, please contact Tom Felix.
For other staff contacts, click the Meet the ELLMA Team button below. 
Meet the ELLMA Team!
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