Resources from OBEWL and the ELL Leadership Council
The English Language Learner (ELL) Leadership Council is a group of approximately 70 English as a New Language Directors from around New York State (NYS) who meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices related to ELLs. This council has met regularly for the past five years to provide a direct line of communication between the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) and ELL administrators from the districts with the highest enrollment of ELLs in NYS. Within the ELL Leadership Council, five workgroups were created in response to COVID-19 school closures in the spring of 2020 to research and create resources to address the following issues:
- Social-Emotional Learning
- Compliance Advisory Council
- Progress Monitoring, Feedback & Engagement Strategies
- Strengthening ELL Instruction in Response to COVID-19 Closures
- Adapting ELL Instruction in a post COVID-19 Learning Environment
Below are some resources that have been developed from these workgroups thus far. More will be added as they are completed.
From the Progress Monitoring, Feedback & Engagement Strategies workgroup:
- Infographic (PDF): Considerations for Progress Monitoring for ELLs with Equity in Mind
- Presentation (PDF): Considerations for Progress Monitoring for ELLs with Equity in Mind
- Recorded webinar - YouTube Channel Video
From the Compliance workgroup:
- Checklist for Developing or Selecting an English Language Proficiency (ELP) Progress Monitoring (Interim) Assessment
- Instructional Units of Study Position Statement and Guidance For COVID-19 Fall School Re-Opening
From Strengthening ELL Instruction in Response to COVID-19 Closures workgroup:
The closure of schools across New York State due to COVID-19 has changed the way we interact with students, the way we communicate with parents and students, the way we assess, the way we grade, the way we teach, and the way we provide targeted instruction to our students across the state. The Strengthening Instruction in Response to COVID-19 Closures Workgroup, from the English Language Learner (ELL) Leadership Council, works to develop resources aligned the Principles of the Blueprint to support all teachers of Multilingual Learners (MLs), which include: current ELLs, students who were once ELLs but have exited out of ELL status, students who were never ELLs but are heritage speakers of a language other than English, and world languages students.
Topic 1: Using Translation as a Support Not a Solution
The targeted audience for the Using Translations as a Support Not a Solution resource are all educators from K-12 that work with ELLs & MLs. This resource will help you explore four instructional strategies: Bridging Languages, Using Students’ Home Language (L1), Using Cognates, and Using Translations. It is highly recommended that educators implement the first three strategies, before using translations for instruction.
- Using Translations as a Support Not a Solution One Pager
- Using Translations as a Support Not a Solution Presentation
- Using Translations as a Support Not a Solution Recorded Webinar
Topic 2: Communicating and Engaging with Families of Multilingual Learners
This resource focuses on providing high leverage practices for educators across the state on how to maintain and promote an ongoing communication and engagement with the parents of MLs.
The main objectives for Topic 2 include reviewing the importance of engaging families in open communication, identifying useful strategies for maintaining ongoing communication with the families of MLs, and sharing different methods, tips, and tools to engage families and improve the communication between the home, the district, and the school.
Professional Learning Webinars
The Council meets twice a month, with one business meeting and one professional learning opportunity. Below are links to the recorded professional learning workshops since September 2020. An additional video will be made available each month on this website as well as on the NYSRBERNOnDemand site for districts to use as internal professional learning.
Virtual Engagement - September 29, 2020 - G. Bailey, M. Soares, S. Strock, R. Wasilewski
Prioritizing Standards to Address Learning Loss - October 27, 2020 - H. Rubin, C. Stevenson
Progress Monitoring / NYS Seal of Biliteracy - November 17, 2020 - K. Lowell, J. Waterhouse / C. Black, D. Mumper, S. Sweet