English Learners - Ventura County Special Education

Sacramento County Office of Education
Research Study Findings Helpful in the
Identification of Actions and Services for
English Learners in the LCAP
Presented at Curriculum Council
Ventura County Office of Education
March 27, 2014
Leadership for English Learner
• Various catalysts initiated a sense of urgency
Title III Accountability status, Program Improvement, API,
data analyses, local circumstances used as leverage for
Culture of high expectations and priorities communicated
publically via Board policies, district plans, Supt. And
Principal messaging, etc…
Internal accountability for implementation
Verified via reports, agendized items, observations,
Public recognition of successes (e.g., recent RFEPs, Seal of
Leadership teams meet regularly to discuss the development,
implementation and modification of efforts
EL-Focused Practices and Resources
• Resources provided to focus on EL programs and
performance: human, fiscal, time, & organizational structures
• Clear roles for “EL focused” personnel
• Counselors assigned specifically to ELs, EL site-coordinators support
implementation of practices
• Designated personnel have oversight of EL assessment and placement
processes, produce reports for schools
• Bilingual aides and community liaisons
• Time allocated for collaborative planning & EL data review
• Daily schedules organized around ELD instructional time
• EL- Parent education centers and personnel
• Materials/programs/courses to support EL needs
Use of Assessments and Data
• Use EL data to customize reports, flag students or groups of
students (e.g., LTELs), monitor and adjust course/instructional
• Designated staff ensure “clean data” (program/data collaboration)
• CALPADS used to access student level information (new ELs)
• Identified staff member/team to review individual EL information, produce
reports, review placements, communicate with sites/teachers, etc…
• Frequent assessment results used to group, regroup and regroup
• Structured protocols guide data analysis sessions
• Assessment results used to set goals with students and parents
• students sign “contracts” for goals
• Teachers administer the CELDT to ELs
Instruction and Support
• Students grouped by ELD level for daily instruction on the same
school or grade level schedule
• all students receive language development to enhance their skills
• Elements of Effective Instruction and SDAIE methods used to
deliver lessons
• monitored via walkthroughs, student shadowing, and evaluations
• Clear course sequences used for placement (per student
• adjust and individualize instruction for every student based on needs
• secondary ELA teachers also assigned to teach ELD
• new courses designed to address needs (e.g. Academic English
Language class)
Coordination and Communication
Need for focused attention and coordinated action on behalf
of ELs
• EL counselors /coordinators meet with ELs to plan goals,
coursework/programs, discuss test purposes and results –test
• Share information with parents within the first month of school
• Structured procedures for articulation with feeder schools and
incoming students to determine student placement and explain
• transitional summer school, university visits, meeting with counselor
• EL students’ data/progress communicated regularly among
appropriate staff (e.g., teacher, counselor, coordinator, advisory
period teacher) and in collaborative meeting time.
• Designated staff ensure frequent, bilingual communication with
parents (e.g. community liaisons).
Professional Learning
• Ensure frequent, collaborative planning time
• Schedule sufficient time for Professional Development:
• early release days, during the school day, non-school time, provide
coaching and support
• smaller districts: provide substitutes so teachers can attend
training, observe peers or meet with coaches
• Build capacity through sending staff to trainer-of-trainer
• Ensure all staff are trained and supported in priority areas
• some training topics “phased in” by subject or grade span
• use of technology for professional learning (view together/discuss)
• Orientations for new teachers/administrators and
refreshers for others
Parent Involvement and Participation
• Make efforts to ensure that parents are kept informed about
their child’s progress, goals, and school events as well as
opportunities for their own education and involvement
• Explore parents’ expectations for their child during the initial
intake process
• Provide opportunities to enhance parent education and
knowledge about the school systems:
• distance learning to finish high school coursework
• ESL classes
• GED opportunities
• College entrance exams, how to complete college applications
CCSS and ELD Standards Implementation
• Recent focus on training for CCSS Math and ELA
• Focus of Program Improvement Plans
• Some districts phased in the training by subject or grade span
• Many districts beginning to implement this school year
• Some attention to implementation with subgroups of students..
• 2012 ELD Standards:
• Initial professional development/orientation for the ELD Standards
is underway
• Build on existing programs.
• Some implementation reported (e.g., ELD writing, sentence frames)
• Next Steps: Explore how to use the ELD standards as the
“gateway” to the CCSS, revise report cards
For additional information and direction on specific
strategies to support English Learners, please
contact the VCOE Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Jane Wagmeister, Lynn Friedman,
Martha Hernandez, Chrissy Schieferle, Armando
Zuniga, Charice Guerra, Judy Bowers, Lisa Walthall
(805) 437 1330

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