Educator Resources

Professional Development Offerings and Special Announcements

Training for NYSESLAT Scoring   

Relevant to:  All schools

Event:  April 24 and 25, 2014; times and locations vary

The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is administered to all English Language Learners annually to measure progress in English language acquisition and to determine continued eligibility for ELL services for the following year. Training sessions for NYSESLAT scoring will take place April 24 and 25. In order to ensure that your school is prepared for the scoring process, it is highly suggested that one staff member from each NYCDOE school registers for a NYSESLAT training sessions.  The attending staff member should be familiar with ELL assessments and capable of turnkeying to other staff as necessary.  For more information on the NYSESLAT, including the administrator’s manual and parent guide, click here. For information on preparing answer documents for packing, refer to the NYSESLAT memo. For other questions, please contact your Senior ELL CPS.

Bilingual Program Planning Meeting Designed for School Leaders

Open to:  All school leaders interested in opening a bilingual program

Event:  April 28, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

As part of April 28’s Bilingual Symposium, OELL will offer a workshop designed for school leaders who are interested in opening a bilingual program.  Participants will receive information about how to open a program, relevant resources, instructional best practices, program development and support, and program supervision.  All school leaders are encouraged to register; please contact Odalys Trapote with any questions.

Order Chinese and Spanish (ELE) Reading Assessments                                                                    

Relevant to:  All schools

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Event:  May 19 and 20, 2014

All students who receive native language arts instruction in Chinese must take the Chinese Reading Assessment, and all students who receive native language arts instruction in Spanish must take the Spanish (ELE) Reading Assessment. If your school offers native language arts instruction in either Chinese or Spanish, please order and administer exams in accordance with the following information:

For questions, please contact Rita Magier.

College and Career Readiness Benchmarks: Preparing ELL Students for Success

Open to: High school guidance counselors and assistant principals of guidance

Event: May 9, 2014 and May 23, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Manhattan

OELL invites high school guidance counselors and assistant principals of guidance to a two-day workshop focusing on impacting the socio-emotional support, academic programming and placement, and college and career readiness of our English Language Learners (ELLs).   Participants will gain an understanding of academic policy as it applies to the appropriate programming and placement of high school ELLs, supporting student achievement through an introduction of the Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism, and School Engagement initiative, and identifying resources for supporting ELLs in enrolling, persisting and succeeding in college.  This workshop will be held in a location in lower Manhattan; the exact location will be provided upon registration.  Click here to pre-register; for additional information, please email Deyci Rodriguez.

English Language Acquisition Needs Determination (ELAND) Review Process                                                                

Relevant to:  All schools

Deadline: May 9, 2014

As noted in the ELAND review procedures shared in the August 27 edition of Principals’ Weekly, you should ensure that all information from an ELAND review process is entered into ATS. To enter this information, your school should use the new ELAND function in ATS to generate the ELAND review form; the ELAND reviewer must complete this form and scan the completed form into ATS.  Schools should complete this process for all students who have gone through the ELAND review process this year, regardless of outcome, by May 9.  Schools must ensure that students who have gone through this process are eligible as per the ELAND review procedures; to learn more, schools should review the memo, Q/A, and video webinar on this webpage. 

College and Career Access for Parent Coordinators

Open to: High school parent coordinators

Event: May 16, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Manhattan

This full day training is designed to help parent coordinators in supporting parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) understand college and career readiness standards and post-secondary options.  In collaboration with the Office of Post-Secondary Readiness, OELL will guide participants in developing an understanding of the Common Core college and career readiness benchmarks and resources available for students and families of ELLs. This one day event will be held in lower Manhattan; the exact location will be provided upon registration.  Click here to pre-register; for additional information, please email Deyci Rodriguez.

Materials and Resources from the Middle School Literacy and Leadership for ELLs Institute

Resource for:  Middle school administrators and educators

In collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Education, OELL developed a nine-day institute, running from October 2013 to May 2014, for middle school principals and their school-based instructional leaders.  This institute is designed to address the challenges faced by middle school instructional leaders serving linguistically diverse populations, including how to ensure that classrooms and instruction are designed to develop students’ advanced literacy skills .  Meeting once a month, sessions focus on developing participants’ core knowledge about ELLs’ literacy development; the design and implementation of literacy instruction to advance ELLs’ academic achievement; and how to lead for literacy success. Materials will be added to OELL’s website as additional institute sessions are held.  Please click here to review related materials and resources; email Stela Radovanovic with any additional questions.

A Note Regarding Surveymonkey Registration

OELL currently uses surveymonkey to support registration.  When one of our events has reached capacity and cannot accommodate any additional participants, you will encounter the following surveymonkey message: “This survey is currently closed. Please contact the author of this survey for further assistance.”  If you are inclined, please email expressing both the name of the session and your desire to attend.  You will be notified via email if an additional session is created.

Nuts and Bolts of ELL-Specific Topics for New ELL Coordinators

Open to:  All new school-based administrators and teachers

Event: March 3 through June 12, 2014; times and locations vary

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to ELL topics including the regulations that govern ELL education, demographic and performance information, the ELL identification process, and ATS reports for ELLs.  It will also include a brief introduction to the Language Allocation Policy and Title III Plans.  This session is specifically designed to be an introduction for new ELL administrators and coordinators.  School-based administrators and teachers may register here; for further information, please contact your Senior ELL CPS.

Secretary Training on ELL-Specific Topics

Open to:  All pupil accounting secretaries

Event: March 21 through June 13, 2014; times and locations vary

Pupil accounting secretaries are invited to a half-day training session which will cover ELL-related matters, such as what governs ELL education, who our ELLs are, readmits and transfer students, PreK-12 registration, and many ATS functions.  This training will help secretaries support ELL education in the schools, as well as provide the information necessary to help them facilitate their important roles.  Click here to register; for further information on this training, please contact your Senior ELL CPS.



Opportunities offered by organizations outside of the DOE


Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative, Latin America

Open to:  All members of the public

Event:  Wednesday, April 23, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 5th Ave at 89th Street

This free of charge orientation event focuses on an upcoming exhibition featuring work by contemporary artists from Latin America. The exhibition will be on view in New York City from June 13 through October 1, 2014.  The orientation will feature: an introduction to the exhibition by Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra; information about bringing youth groups to the exhibition free of charge; information about free admission for families; and a preview of the bilingual (English/Spanish) education resources for teachers and families.  Presentations will be followed by a reception. For more information, please contact Carolyn Keogh, Education Associate.

Fordham University’s “Using Informational Text with SIFE Students”

Open to:  All educators

Event date:  April 25, 2014; 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This workshop is being offered by the Fordham University Graduate School of Education, the Center for Educational Partnerships, and the NYS/ NYC Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, in collaboration with NYS Language RBERN at New York University and the Children First Network 405.  Dr. Nancy Cloud will be the keynote presenter and the day will focus on teaching informational texts to SIFE at the late elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Specifically, this hands-on, full-day institute will demonstrate how to use teaching principles, approaches and planning tools to guide instruction; select texts for SIFE learners and how to form text sets using “stair step” books on the same theme to stretch ELLs towards grade level texts; plan oral language and literacy targets when teaching informational texts; use strategies to engage learners in using text to promote academic language, reading and writing skills; and target grade level ELA Common Core Standards and build close reading skills.  Please click here to register.

STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program

Open to:  Middle and high school students

Event:  July 7 – August 1, 2014; 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location:  Thomas A. Edison High School, Jamaica, Queens

Through the STARTALK Summer Hindi Language Program, students interested in learning Hindi will undergo an intensive language program, in addition to attending field trips and cultural shows, and visiting various museums and temples.  The program will be held at Thomas A. Edison High School (165-65 84th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432).  Registration is ongoing.  Placement and orientation will be on Friday, June 27 and Monday, June 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Classes will be held from Monday July 8 to Wednesday July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Students will have an opportunity to receive high school foreign language credit as well as earn college credit from NYU. For information, please visit the Startalk website or email Sushma Malhotra.