Published on February 16, 2014
Highlights from Year Two 2012-2013
Design of the Grant parapros Administrators University ESL teachers ELL Student Elementary STEM teachers teacher ed faculty Parents and families
Work with parapros and administrators to find successful models for academic assistance to ELLs Find potential paraprofessionals from STEM and less common language backgrounds Design of the Grant parapros Provide focus on language of STEM and how to teach it to ELLs University ESL teachers Administrators ELL Student Provide workshops in aspects of second language acquisition and instruction of English language learners Elementary STEM teachers teacher ed faculty Parents and families Provide opportunities for families to interact meaningfully with the school in bidirectional relationships (all learn from each other) Give administrators of multilingual districts chances to network and problem solve together and provide topics of mutual interest Provide a grant for 18 s.h. of ESL endorsement coursework with a STEM focus
The Grant Team Jason Stegemoller and Kristin Lems, Codirectors
Annie Noorts, Grant Coordinator
Margie Bouchard, Administrator and Paraprofessional leader
Leah D. Miller, Lead Adjunct Trainer
Corrie Wallace, ELL Parent Center Director and Partnership Liaison
Paul Gross, Lead Data Analyst
Grant Team meeting at ELL Parent Center, spring 2013
At District 219 introducing Margie Bouchard, fall 2012
2012-2013 ~ The Year in Review • Goal: help in-service teachers complete the ESL endorsement – 20 students in Cohort A completed courses in June 2013! – 21 students in Cohort B in second year of grant coursework – 21 students started Cohort C this fall • Goal: provide professional development for inservice teachers – 14 inservice teachers for Parents as Educational Partners 2 day training – 19 inservice administrators for Perfect March 6 session administrative training
The Year in Review • Goal: provide support for paraprofessionals and potential paraprofessionals – 10 community members became paraprofessionals or substitute teachers in Year 2 • Goal: provide professional development for education school faculty about ESL – 6 NCE faculty took part in a book group and discussion
The Year in Review • Goal: provide coursework leading to ESL endorsement for pre-service students – 5 students began coursework in Summer 2013 • Goal: develop an evaluation plan for the ELL Parent Center – Submitted and received permission from Institutional Review Board to conduct parent surveys, survey written and administered for first time in June 2013
The Year in Review • Goal: provide bidirectional support for parents, community members, teachers, and students to enrich role of community for STEM success for ELLs – Three large public presentations by nationally known presenters open to the public and streamed/podcast • Additionally, data to assess performance of students by teachers trained in the STEM focused ESL cohort has been designed
Grant Cohorts Cohort A – finished last course June 12, 2013 20 completers Cohort B – finished third course (of six) June 12, 2013 20 current students Grant goal: 45
Cohort A in small group discussion
Parents as Educational Partners
Administrative Task Force meeting May 2013, held at D68 Topic: The Parent Mentor program – grant funded by State of Illinois
One of the parent mentors speaking
Training ESL course adjuncts about paying more attention to STEM content in teacher training
Pulling rubberbands at math training, Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, fall 2012
Programming and Public Events
Soo Hong Event topic: Parental Engagement • Evening keynote for: – National Louis students in endorsement coursework – students in Grant Cohorts A and B – Faculty and staff at National Louis from other departments
Lunch meeting with Soo Hong and Grant Team, Feb. 2013
Dr. Anita Pandey, Morgan State University Two presentations: Spring Advisory Board Meeting, June 28, 2013 Afternoon workshop for endorsement classes Topic: early childhood biliteracy and academic language
Research and evaluation
Evaluation Plan and data collection • Post-cohort interview with each completer from Cohort A – Already transcribed • Survey and interview designed for course takers at ELL Parent Center – Has been given 8 times already • Design of evaluation asking about “value added” for ELL students taught by cohort members…Paul Gross, Analyst
Conference Presentations during 20122013
Language at the Intersection of WIDA and the Common Core Leah Miller and Kristin Lems ITBE 2013
Teachers developing classroom practices that promote additive bilingualism in a highly diverse multilingual context W. Jason Stegemoller & Kristin Lems National Louis University Skokie, IL NABE 2013 Lake Buena Vista, FL February 8, 2013 35
Preliminary Findings from the ESL STEM Success Training Grant IAMME ~ Dec. 4, 2012, Oakbrook, IL Margie Bouchard, Kristin Lems, Leah Miller, Jason Stegemoller, Corrie Wallace ESL STEM Success Grant, National Louis University and Niles Township ELL Parent Center
Presenting at Illinois TESOL 2013 about “SIFE Math” in District 68
Presenting at National Association for Bilingual Education, Dallas, Feb. 2013
Seeking your input about: • Format for professional development of ESL adjuncts for winter and spring – Early childhood – More STEM • A fourth cohort in CPS ~ explain! • The teacher education project for this year
Here’s to another great year!
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