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Monday, January 5

  1. page ELL Plan & Program Guide edited Atlantic Community School District’s ... & PROGRAM GUIDE Index Executive Summary Definit…
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    & PROGRAM GUIDE
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    Executive Summary
    Definitions
    Additional
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    TESOL Standards
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    Guiding ELL Program
    Registration
    ProgramRegistration and Identification
    Assessment
    IdentificationAssessment and Program Entrance Procedures
    Program
    ProceduresProgram Participation & Goals
    Grading
    GoalsGrading & Classroom Accommodations
    Qualified
    AccommodationsQualified Personnel
    Atlantic
    Atlantic ESL Professional Development Plan
    Transition
    PlanTransition and Exit from ELL Program
    Program Evaluation
    Program Monitoring
    Responsibilities
    ProgramProgram EvaluationProgram MonitoringResponsibilities of Personnel
    Registration
    PersonnelRegistration & Identification Protocol
    ELL
    ProtocolELL Family Communication Protocol
    Language
    ProtocolLanguage Identification Chart
    Elementary
    ChartElementary K-5 Program Outline
    Secondary
    OutlineSecondary 6-12 Program Outline
    ELL
    OutlineELL Parent/Family/Community Resources
    ELL Resources/Curriculum
    Professional
    ResourcesELL Resources/CurriculumProfessional Development Resources
    Sheltered
    ResourcesSheltered English Instruction Models
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    ModelsA Quick Lesson on Language Acquisition
    The
    AcquisitionThe Classroom: The First Critical Connection
    Teaching
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    English Speaking Students
    Reading DO’s
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    Other
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    Differentiation
    SuggestionsDifferentiation Guide for ELLs
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    & Expectations

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Monday, September 17

  1. page ESL Department Staff edited ... Minerva Seehusen, an English language learner herself, grew up in Puerto Rico, and moved to Io…
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    Minerva Seehusen, an English language learner herself, grew up in Puerto Rico, and moved to Iowa to earn her degree from ISU. Her husband, Alan, is a pastor. They have four children: Don-30, Annie-27 (married to Spencer Roland), Katie-25, David-21. Expecting our second grandchild in March. This is her 5th year of helping ELLs with their learning, and her favorite memory is seeing the priceless wonder written on one of her first students faces when he started reading after many struggles. What she enjoys most about education is helping families with their physical needs and the students with their learning.
    English/ESL Teacher-Coordinator
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    the better.
    {jen_profile_1.jpg} Jennifer Hartwig, originally from Alta, Iowa, spent 11 years as a legal assistant and 3-1/2 years as an online copy editor for CNN before feeling the call into education and ESL at the beginning of 2005. Since then she has earned her teaching degree, ESL endorsement, and Master of Arts in English, serving as the K-12 ESL Coordinator and teaching high school English. Her favorite part about teaching English language learners is when a non-English speaker suddenly makes a new connection and gets that bright and happy look of victory in his eye, while her favorite part of teaching overall is to help students make the connections that strengthen their own learning and abilities.
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    Deb Murphy, 1st grade teacher, originally from Omaha, NE lives in Atlantic. She and her husband have three daughters and two grandchildren. The first 5 years of her 30 years of teaching were in Nebraska, and the rest have all been in Atlantic. She has taught ELLs for four years and enjoys that all of the children are so nice and polite. What she likes best about teaching is helping the children to love learning and teaching kids that school is a good place to be.
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    Rita McLaren, 1st grade teacher,
    2nd Grade
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Wednesday, August 29

  1. page ESL Definitions edited ... Sheltered English Instruction (SEI): Sheltered English Instruction is an accepted and highly-r…
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    Sheltered English Instruction (SEI): Sheltered English Instruction is an accepted and highly-respected approach to teaching ELLs, as well as mainstream students, whereby teachers use various language, cognitive, and communication strategies to teach a specific content area subject in ways comprehensible to the students while promoting their English language development.
    Sheltered English Instruction Teacher (sheltered instructor): Sheltered instructors are those teachers who provide ELLs with direct instruction in a core or supplementary content utilizing sheltered English Instruction strategies.
    Other ELLESL Terms:
    BICS:
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    English Language Proficiency
    IELDA:
    ProficiencyIELDA: Iowa English Language Development Assessment
    IPT:
    AssessmentIPT: IDEA Proficiency
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    language, native language
    L2:
    languageL2: A second language
    LER:
    languageLER: Limited-English Reader
    LES:
    ReaderLES: Limited-English Speaker
    LEW:
    SpeakerLEW: Limited-English Writer
    NELB:
    WriterNELB: Non-English Language Background
    NEP:
    BackgroundNEP: Non-English proficient
    NER:
    proficientNER: Non-English Reader
    NES:
    ReaderNES: Non-English Speaker
    NEW:
    SpeakerNEW: Non-English Writer
    TESOL:
    WriterTESOL: Teachers of
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    Other Languages, Inc.
    TELPA:
    Inc.TELPA: Tennessee English
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    Sheltered English Instruction Teacher (sheltered instructor): Sheltered instructors are those teachers who provide ELLs with direct instruction in a core or supplementary content utilizing sheltered English Instruction strategies.
    Other ELL Terms:
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    Interpersonal Communication Skills
    CALP:
    SkillsCALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
    CER:
    ProficiencyCER: Competent English Reader
    CEW:
    ReaderCEW: Competent English Writer
    ELDA:
    WriterELDA: English Language
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    progress test
    ELP:
    ELP: English Language Proficiency
    IELDA: Iowa English Language Development Assessment

    IPT: IDEA
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    proficiency placement test
    L1:
    testL1: First language,
    L2: A second language
    LER: Limited-English Reader
    LES: Limited-English Speaker
    LEW: Limited-English Writer
    NELB: Non-English Language Background
    NEP: Non-English proficient
    NER: Non-English Reader
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  3. page ESL Department Staff edited ... Minerva Seehusen, an English language learner herself, grew up in Puerto Rico, and moved to Io…
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    Minerva Seehusen, an English language learner herself, grew up in Puerto Rico, and moved to Iowa to earn her degree from ISU. Her husband, Alan, is a pastor. They have four children: Don-30, Annie-27 (married to Spencer Roland), Katie-25, David-21. Expecting our second grandchild in March. This is her 5th year of helping ELLs with their learning, and her favorite memory is seeing the priceless wonder written on one of her first students faces when he started reading after many struggles. What she enjoys most about education is helping families with their physical needs and the students with their learning.
    English/ESL Teacher-Coordinator
    {Profile Pic.jpg} Brielle Cerven, originally from Stanton, Iowa was a preschool teacher for two years before earning her ESL endorsement and joining the Atlantic Community School District. She fell in love with English Language Learners while student teaching in South Korea in 2009. She serves as the K-12 ESL Program Coordinator while also working with students in grades 4-8. Ms. Cerven's favorite part of teaching English language learners is being exposed to their cultures while also teaching them about the American culture. Overall, she loves the opportunity to impact the life of every student she comes into contact for the better.
    {jen_profile_1.jpg} Jennifer Hartwig, originally from Alta, Iowa, spent 11 years as a legal assistant and 3-1/2 years as an online copy editor for CNN before feeling the call into education and ESL at the beginning of 2005. Since then she has earned her teaching degree, ESL endorsement, and Master of Arts in English, serving as the K-12 ESL Coordinator and teaching high school English. Her favorite part about teaching English language learners is when a non-English speaker suddenly makes a new connection and gets that bright and happy look of victory in his eye, while her favorite part of teaching overall is to help students make the connections that strengthen their own learning and abilities.
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    Becky Osborne, ECSE Preschool teacher, grew up in Nebraska but now lives in Atlantic. She and her husband have a wonderful family which includes a son and daughter who live in Omaha. For 20 years of teaching, she has loved watching children learn. Six of those 20 years have included ELLs, and she says her favorite part about teaching ELLs is meeting families and hearing their traditions.
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    Pat Nelson, Kindergarten teacher, originally from Northwest Iowa, lives in Atlantic. She and her husband, Jef, have two sons: Josh and Joe. She has been a teacher for 32 years, four of those including ELLs. She has loved watching ELL students become a part of their environment around them and feel confident and comfortable. And she enjoys learning from all her students. She says the students always teach her more than she teaches them.
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    Summer Institute will bewas held June
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    The institute will provideprovided participants with
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    in Iowa.
    Keynote
    Teachers with a variety of positions including general education, special education, and ELL benefitted from the information provided.
    The keynote
    speaker iswas Dr. Kristen
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    session topics includeincluded RTI, Co-Teaching/Collaboration,
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    Population. This annual event is
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    School District. Download the flyer belowWatch for more details.details about next summer's institute!
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    Annual ELL Potluck:
    The 2011 annual ELL potluck was held Thursday, September 8th, 5:30 p.m. in the Washington Elementary Gym. We had over 75 in attendance, including ESL students, families, and educators, who enjoyed various Chuukese, Mexican, and American dishes. The highlight of the evening was the entertainment: Chuukese dancers who performed their Hawaiian dances.
    Come join us for the 2012 potluck on Monday, September 24 at 5:00 pm in the Washington Gym!
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Friday, June 22

  1. msg comprehensible input message posted comprehensible input Many of the suggestions made by Krashen and McFarland on increasing comprehensible input are a natu…
    comprehensible input
    Many of the suggestions made by Krashen and McFarland on increasing comprehensible input are a natural part of teaching science (ex. demonstrate, cooperative learning, hands-on activities). The biggest obstacle is the time needed to allow 100% proficiency to occur in mixed ability classes and also meet the standards established by common core or in science, Next Generation Science Standards.
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Thursday, June 21

  1. msg year end reflection message posted year end reflection PERSONAL REFLECTION: Language acquisition involves language development, cognitive development and…
    year end reflection
    PERSONAL REFLECTION:
    Language acquisition involves language development, cognitive development and academic development. This is a very vital part considering common core standards and NCLB guidelines.
    In providing language development in my classroom, I feel it is extremely important to recognize language proficiencies of ALL students, differentiating instruction, speaking the language of the academic area, engaging students in HOTS, increasing interaction and increasing comprehension through cooperative learning, discussion, shared reading, reinforcing vocabulary and modeling the language.
    In Earth Science, so many topics can be referenced to experiences in other cultures since it is science all around us. Some of our English proficient students can learn from hearing ESL student descriptions which can help everyone interpret more clearly.
    I have also found teaching the text backwards to be beneficial. Textbooks are not a good resource for developing language objectives. Rather, they are a good resource to support language objectives and content standards.
    We have to make ALL students part of the learning process at the appropriate levels based on needs for achievement to occur. We have to differentiate instruction.
    My advice to colleagues is to utilize sheltered instruction teaching concepts in all content areas. Learning should involve and include language and content in every classroom, for every student. All students need to know content-area language. All students need to learn vocabulary in context. And, lessons in class need to allow students to put content-area language to use. With the content standards necessary to accomplish academic proficiency in a curricular area, there is not enough time at the secondary level to allow a student to learn language all by itself. By incorporating into all classes, ELL students become more connected with the mainstream population.
    PROGRAMMATIC REFLECTION:
    *I feel ALL district teachers/administrators/paras should go through this PD. Language acquisition is so important in successfully accomplishing common core and NCLB guidelines.
    *Strategies used to learn/emphasize academic vocabulary are good for us all.
    • It is scary how much we don't know about these ELL students that might be sitting in our classrooms yet that information is readily available.
    *We need to know the level of our students in order to apply the information to the highest level possible.
    *We all need to teach with sheltered instruction in mind - language and content.
    *"What I can think about I can talk about. What I can talk about I can write. What I can write I can read. I can read what I write and what other people write for me to read."
    Overall, this was very beneficial PD. I fell behind during the spring as the time commitment was more than I felt necessary. Despite that, as I stated earlier, I really feel this should be required of all staff.
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