Multilingual Programs growing throughout OUSD
Multilingual Programs growing throughout OUSD
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Dear Educators and Friends,
This month's theme, Priority 3: Expand and Enhance Robust Language Programs is a jam-packed three-part area of our work in the 2018-2021 Roadmap to ELL Achievement. First, we want to share with you about Multilingual Programs in OUSD.
Our vision is ambitious: we aspire to offer a Pre-K through 12th grade multilingual pathway, including Dual Language programs and World Language courses. Not only will this allow us to leverage the incredible linguistic and cultural assets of our students, but it will provide Oakland families with equitable access to the proven cognitive and social benefits of bilingualism.
Here are a few things you should know about our progress so far:
  • Dual Language Expansion: Responding to community demand, ELLMA supported the expansion of Dual Language (DL) programs at International Community School, Greenleaf and SOL for a total of eight programs.                         -----> Last year, over 700 Biliteracy Pathway Awards were given to emerging bilingual students who are on their way towards a CA State Seal of Biliteracy. 

  • Training for Teachers and Leaders: Summer curriculum institutes, improved PD and guidance via the ELLMA partner school model. Established Dual Language Leadership Cohort to address system-level challenges.

  • Dual Language Enrollment Policy: Secured an approved policy and administration regulations to assure a balance of language groups in our Two-Way Immersion schools.This huge milestone was the result of years of collaboration and advocacy! Learn more in this presentation to the BOE.

  • Creating parity of quality across multilingual programs by purchasing Dual
    Language curriculum and assessments. Piloted the Advance /Adelante
    Language Arts curriculum and Soluciones for literacy intervention in Spanish, filling a long-standing gap of standards-based materials. 
    -------> Check out Spotlight features to learn about: 
We appreciate you for fostering the language skills of our students each day and encourage you to send us your success stories so we can share them out.
- ELLMA Team 
P.S. The General Election is tomorrow, November 6th. Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. PLEASE EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!  More info here
"At the heart of OUSD's Multilingual Pathway vision is a commitment to serve ALL students. The Two-Way Dual Language Enrollment policy is a step in the right direction for the integration of students from diverse ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. By assigning an appropriate balance of language groups, it helps foster the biliteracy of all students and develop ecosystems that celebrate diversity."     -  Multilingual Pathways Coordinator Lubia Sanchez (above, middle) on the Policy she led to approval by the Board of Education in fall, 2018.  

ELLMA Blog: Staff & Student Spotlight 

Supercharged Student Writing at Global Family

"It seems in retrospect that we planned all the steps to get here. We knew, in general, the direction we wanted to go in but the pieces came together really well for us. The hard work of the teachers coincided with these steps, they have to add their expertise and make lots of adjustments."
                    -  Principal Dante Ruiz 
We caught up with Principal Ruiz of Global Family, pictured along with Instructional Facilitator Ms. Rosa Jimenez, to learn about the results the school is experiencing so far in their pilot of a new Dual Language curriculum: Adelante (Spanish) and Advance (English). The pilot, which began in January 2018, is the latest in several phases of improvement resulting in remarkable student work and high hopes for the future.
Ms. Morgan's 6th grade class enjoying the top of the campanile at UC Berkeley.

MLA Students show off Spanish skills with the Avant

"We focus a lot in middle school on kids being able to see their growth...We really want the onus to be on the kids so they're able to see what their level is and how they can work on that. So I think this kind of data really helps them, too."
Sydney Morgan, 6th grade Humanities teacher at Melrose Leadership Academy. 
We caught up Sydney on her way back from a class field trip to UC Berkeley’s Archeology Department. In this interview, she shares a bit about her class and how a pilot of the Avant assessment for Spanish comprehension is helping to inform instruction and shine a light on the excellent language skills in development.

Noteworthy Dates & Opportunities

With 'Public Charge' proposal, tell families:You Are Not Alone

Alameda County Community Food Bank along with several community based organizations and leaders are highly concerned about the impact of the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule to penalize low income immigrant families usage of vital programs like SNAP (food stamps/CalFresh). The Protecting Immigrant Families coalition has responded with a wealth of resources as well as key points for talking with families about Public Charge.
You can take a meaningful action step right now by submitting an ORIGINAL (not form-generated) public comment here: the government looks at thoughtful comments and is less likely to pursue public charge if there is a lot of resistance.   
In addition, the Food Bank is a co-sponsor of Supervisor Wilma Chan’s town hall regarding public charge on November 8 from 4-6 PM at Nile Hall. Details and R.S.V.P. here. You're invited to learn about the proposal and ask questions in person. 

Fresh data!! ELL & RFEP Snapshots & ELPAC scores

English Language Learner (ELL) and Redesignated Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Snapshots are now available in your school’s folder. ELL and RFEP Snapshots help students to see where they stand academically, and support planning for goals. 

ELL Snapshots are provided for every ELL in grades 2nd - 12th. On one side, it shows the student's progress towards reclassification. On the other side, a planning space helps students, teachers and families work together to plan a path to reclassification.
RFEP snapshots support RFEPs whose achievement has slipped since they reached the impressive benchmark of reclassification. RFEP snapshots are part of the required monitoring of RFEPS for four years post-reclassification and are printed for RFEPs with an average SRI score of 1.5 grade levels or below in the last three benchmarks. 

Site leaders together with their ELL Ambassador should create a plan for using this awesome tool! Please feel free to contact your network's ELLMA Specialist or Mike Ray, ELD Coordinator, for thought partnership.
In addition, ELPAC Scores now available in Aeries, Illuminate and in two Dashboards: ELPAC Performance Levels and ELPAC Reclassification Criteria

ELL Ambassador Corner

ELL Ambassadors are site-based liaisons who hold the reclassification process and bring an ELL-lens to instruction. A few reminders for our amazing ambassadors: 
Winter Reclassification Materials will be available on 11/13 in your site’s Reclassification folder/ Winter 2018-19/ ELLMA Materials by School - Permission Needed.

See Procedures for Winter 2018-19 Reclassification for deadlines and details.

The LIGHT Awards application process is now open!


The deadline for the first stage of the process is November 16th. Grants (of up to $30,000 over 2 years) can be used to support your growth as teachers, your effectiveness as educators, and your ability to inspire and mentor students.

Interested teams teachers can learn more about applying here, and submit an LOI for their project idea using a link at the top of the Light Awards homepage.

Help us spread the word!

We are recruiting for the following:
                                           Please share widely with your network!
We'd love to hear from you! Please contact Kathleen with communications inquiries.
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