Professional Development Offerings and Special Announcements
NOTE: Sessions are only open to NYCDOE employees.
DOE employees that would like to receive additional information on ELL-related professional development opportunities and educational resources should email OELL@schools.nyc.gov using a valid DOE email account.
Draft LAPs and Translation and Interpretation Plans
Open to: All principals
Deadline: November 15, 2013
All schools are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to complete a Language Allocation Policy (LAP) and a Translation/Interpretation Plan (LTI) once every two years; as they were not due last year, the LAP and LTI must be submitted this year. You should use these forms, LAP and LTI, to complete drafts for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, and email them to your senior ELL CPS by November 15. Your senior ELL CPS will review your LAP and LTI and provide you with feedback by December 13 to incorporate into your final LAP and LTI. For questions, contact your senior ELL CPS.
Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and/or Dual Language Planning Grant for 2014-15
Open to: All school-based staff
Extended Deadline: November 29, 2013
The Office of English Language Learners invites all schools throughout the city to be part of a new and exciting comprehensive effort to strengthen instruction and raise achievement for English Language Learners. Through the Bilingual Program Planning Grant, schools will be provided with a unique opportunity to create a new Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and/or Dual Language program for the 2014-15 school year, thereby offering academically rigorous instruction to prepare students for college and careers. Schools are invited to apply for the Bilingual Program Planning Grant for up to $20,000, which can be used to plan a new bilingual program. To access the RFP for this exciting opportunity click here: http://intranet.nycboe.net/SpecialPopulations/ELL/Maximizing+Funding/default.htm. Send TBE and DL grant applications to BilingualGrants@schools.nyc.gov.
When to Refer ELL Students for Disability Evaluations: What to Do Before Referral
Open to: School-based psychologists, speech-language teachers, and RTI team members
Event: November 21, December 5, and December 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University
This one-day training for school-based psychologists, speech-language teachers, and RTI team members provides information on how to identify and address the academic achievement gaps that may affect ELL students’ performance. The training will explore the impact of second language acquisition, lack of quality prior instruction, socio-economic status, and students with interrupted formal education. The workshop will provide an evidence-based approach to appropriate school-based services before, or instead of, referring for a disability evaluation. This workshop will be offered at Columbia University three (3) times during the school year as follows: Thursday, November 21; Thursday, December 5; and Thursday, December 12. Each workshop will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can apply to participate by visiting the specific link associated with each date; registration is free. For additional information, contact Dionisio Rodriguez at DRodrig10@schools.nyc.gov .
Student application for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Open to: 11th and 12th grade high school students of all Hispanic descent*
Deadline: December 20, 2013
Applications for the 2014 Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLY) program are now available online https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PRHYLI2014 . *The institute begins in January and is open to juniors and seniors of any Hispanic background. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly; it culminates in a weekend trip to Albany. Students also learn resume writing, debating, and leadership skills. Please urge all eligible students to participate in this exceptional program. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay on a historic example of bullying and how they, as Hispanic/Latino leaders, can take active roles in ending bullying in their schools and communities. For more information contact Miguel Cordero at Mcordero@schools.nyc.gov.
Spanish Native Language Arts Curriculum Guide (SNLACG)
Open to: All educators of ELLs
The Spanish Native Language Arts Curriculum Guide (SNLACG) was developed as an initiative of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of English Language Learners (OELL). It represents a consensus among a Native Language Arts (NLA) core group of Spanish-language educators and administrators, and is the first integration of its kind of all four New York State Language Learning Standards: Native Language Arts (NLA), English Language Arts (ELA), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
The SNLACG comprises an application of standards, benchmarks, performance indicators, language objectives, content objectives, linguistic skills, suggested methodologies, assessments, and the Common Core State Standards. It is intended to be a high school-level (grades 9–12) curriculum guide that will be adapted and utilized by individual schools based on each school’s specific instructional needs for promoting student achievement, and to give teachers and administrators a user-friendly reference from which effective Spanish native language learning activities can be designed. The SNLACG does not follow any one particular methodology, yet it is specifically geared toward leading Spanish Native Language Learners to academic native language proficiency.
Readers who would like to send suggestions and feedback can do so through: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SNLACG_feedback.
English Language Acquisition Needs Determination (ELAND) Review Procedures - UPDATED
Relevant to: All school-based staff (including ELL coordinators and IEP teams), networks, and clusters
Based on an agreement between the NYC Department of Education and the NY State Education Department, a new procedure, the English Language Acquisition Needs Determination (ELAND), will be used to determine if an ELL:
Students who are determined to not require ELL services as per the above criteria will be declassified as English Language Learners and will not need to receive ELL services nor be administered the NYSESLAT. For more information on the criteria and requirements, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the ELAND memorandum at http://intranet.nycboe.net/SpecialPopulations/ELL/Resources/eland.htm. For further information, please contact your senior ELL CPS.
- has a disability that is the determinant factor preventing him or her from reaching proficiency on the LAB-R/NYSITELL and/or NYSESLAT; and
- has sufficient English skills to benefit from instruction in English; and
- does not require ELL services.
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