Video edition! Seal of Biliteracy grads & Multilingual Oakland
Video edition! Seal of Biliteracy grads & Multilingual Oakland
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Monday, May 6, 2019
Our Multilingual Oakland vision by the numbers. Click to read!
Dear Educators and Friends,   
As we approach the final stretch of the 2018-19 school year, we are excited to share with you our bold vision for Multilingual Oakland! With the foundation we have built over many years and linguistic assets the Oakland community already brings to our schools, we are positioned to align with the California Global Initiative 2030 and grow the number of students who graduate bilingual and biliterate. 
Our goal is to provide students from PK-12th grade with language learning opportunities that ensure equitable access to the proven academic, cognitive and social benefits of bilingualism. 
Our vision for all students includes: 
  • Academic achievement - full closure of the achievement gap for ELLs & higher achievement for all.  
  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy - full bilingualism for ELLs and students who speak English at home.
  • Cultural humility and competence - a heightened level of multicultural awareness and communication skills.
Here's what is already in place:  
Eight Dual Language Schools: 5 TK-5 schools (Global, Esperanza, ICS, CUES, SEED); 2 TK-8 schools (MLA and the emerging program at Greenleaf) and one 6-8 at Oakland SOL.
World Language programs in four Middle Schools and eleven High Schools throughout Oakland. 
3,174 students enrolled in Dual Language programs in the 2018-2019 school year. That's close to 10% of OUSD enrollment!
134 California Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to High School graduates in 2019 (up from 87 last year), a 54% increase! Check out these stand-out schools: 
  • The largest % goes to LIFE ACADEMY: 22 recipients or 35% of their senior class!!!
  • Followed by CCPA: 16 recipients or 25% of their senior class!!
  • The largest total number goes to OAKLAND TECH with 54 recipients biliterate in four different languages: Spanish, Chinese, French and Japanese!!!
Learn more about our goals and progress-to-date in this graphic overview
Also in this month's newsletter:
  • Don't miss the one minute video clips of our brilliant multilingual students - Seal of Biliteracy recipients from Oakland Tech and Fremont share what it means to be recognized for their mastery of a second language. 
  • Summer PD opportunities - registration is winding down so don't wait to sign up! 
This is the time to stand back and admire the results of amazing teamwork, excellence in instruction and investment in our students' strengths. 

ENJOY the final stretch of this school year -- we are, as always, grateful for everything you do in service of our students! 

- ELLMA Team 

ELLMA Blog: Student Spotlight 

Celebrating our California Seal of Biliteracy Recipients! 
"Speaking English and speaking Spanish is gonna help me make people understand some aspects of our culture or of being bilingual or being from two different cultures that they may not take into consideration...or maybe they see themselves as one or the other but in reality we can be both. We can be both."
- Dagney, Senior at Oakland Tech. Hear Dagney speak about plans for next year! She attended Bridges and MLA before high school and is a shining example of programming that builds on our students' linguistic and cultural assets. Choose the "cc" feature for captions.
"Spanish is a gift that our parents have given to us. We were born, perhaps, in a bilingual home for a reason that can help us in the future. Speaking two or more languages may turn out to be an advantage in the future."
- Anais, Senior at Fremont High. Hear her advice to students working towards bilingualism!
Today is the first day of Ramadan, a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement and increased devotion for Muslim people. It began last evening and will end on the evening of Tuesday, June 4th. 
Upholding our value of cultural responsiveness includes understanding and honoring the cultural traditions of our students culture. Especially during this time of increased tensions, please keep the following in mind:
  • Practicing Muslim students may be fasting during daylight hours;
  • Some will need a space and time to pray;
  • Yemeni students represent the majority of our Muslim students. 
There are many ways we can support these students. Have a look at this overview of Things to Know about OUSD's Yemeni Students as well as the APISA resources for Supporting Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Students & Families.

We stand in Solidarity with Muslim Communities!

Thank you to everybody who joined us for the April 24th rapid response Sanctuary event on fighting Islamophobia and creating safe and welcoming schools for our Muslim students and families. #unafraidOUSD #iamOUSD

Community Events

Join us! Saturday, May 11th
10 am - 1 pm
Where: Cesar Chavez Educational Center/ICS and TCN elementary schools at 2825 International Blvd., Oakland 
What: The Mayan cultural Exchange will showcase the traditions and history of Oakland's indigenous Guatemalan Mam (Mayan) community. 
Join us for traditional live music, dance, weaving and food from Guatemala and the Mam community! 
Contact: Henry Sales (510) 479-2162 
Please share the flyers in English & Spanish!

Summer PD Opportunities: Register HERE!

 Multilingual Institute for teachers in Dual Language, Bilingual and World Language settings.
GLAD for elementary teachers. Contact Mike to get on the waiting list.
ALLAS for middle and high school teachers in the mainstream environment.
Registration has reached capacity. To get on the waiting list, use the sign-up link above - we will contact you as spaces open up! 
Secondary Newcomer Foundations for teachers of newcomers.

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: 
Teachers and site leaders are very positive about the new Teacher View ELL Monitoring Dashboard. Please explore and share with staff at your site so they can view critical data for all the ELLs in their class or courses.
Important Upcoming Dates:
  • Tuesday, May 7th: Final ELL Ambassador Meeting of the year at 4:00 – 5:30pm, West Oakland Middle School, 991 14th Street. Come learn & celebrate! 
  • Thursday, May 16th: Last day to get a qualifying SRI score for 2nd through 12th grade Spring Contingent Reclassification. 2nd grade ELLs must also take the SRI. 
  • Tuesday May 21st: Google Drive folders, contingent reclassification teacher forms and spreadsheets ready. Print Contingent and Contingent Appeal Reclassification Forms and distribute to teachers.
  • Wednesday, May 29th: All done: forms filed in CUMS, Teacher Forms spreadsheet updated bu ELL Ambassadors.
  • Friday, August 2nd: ELLs who achieved a 4 and met the SRI or F&P criteria for reclassification are officially changed to RFEP in Aeries.
Contact: Mike, ELD Services Coordinator 

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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