Spring NNETESOL News
**Workshop: Creating Curriculum-based Language Targets w/the Amplified WIDA ELD Standards
The NHDOE Title III Office is presenting a two-day workshop on April 11 and 12 with Don Bouchard, WIDA Senior Trainer. This workshop will run from 8:30 to 3:00 on both days and is targeted to teacher teams (1 ESOL teacher and 1 Content teacher).
**The Amplified 2012 English Language Development Standards
Presenter: Joy McLaughlin, ESOL Consultant from WIDA
March 29, 2013
8:30AM – 3:00PM
**Communities of Inquiry Conference, Saturday May 4, 2013 at UNHM
**With the passing of Sue Stepick, the South Central ESOL group and the DOE (NH) wanted to do something in Sue’s memory. For anyone who is interested in donating, a gift fund has been set up through the University of New Hampshire (at Manchester).
The money from the gift fund will be used to purchase books for the ESOL Curriculum Library. The ESOL Curriculum Library is located in the UNH-Manchester Library. Teachers across the state are able to check books out from there.
Sue was a wonderful mentor and friend to so many of us. The donation of books in Sue’s memory was a great way to continue to support ELL teachers across the state.
Checks can be made payable: UNHM Library, Sue Stepick gift fund
**Exciting news in Newport, NH, for an early English language Learner! One of our students just became a citizen! Wendy’s father just passed the citizenship test through the US Department of Immigration. He has been a legal resident for over 5 years, and just took the test. Because his daughter is under the age of 18, she automatically becomes a citizen! Wendy has been in the USA for about two years now. When Wendy came, she did not know any English. Wendy’s father said, “This is a good day for my family!”
Mrs. Coberley serves the Newport School District’s ESOL students. She also teaches Adult Immigrants who are working on citizenship. She has worked with Wendy’s father weekly over the past year toward citizenship goals. We celebrate this milestone for one of Newport’s outstanding residents. If you are ever in Newport, come and dine at the Ming China Restaurant, right on Main Street. It is owned and operated by this fine family!
A collaborative partnership between the University of New Hampshire and the Nashua School District
GATE CITY, a Title III, federally funded grant project through the US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), is now underway. The main objective of this five year funded partnership between UNH and the Nashua School District is to increase the number of grade level teachers in Nashua, particularly in the STEM content areas, who have ESOL certification, promoting the academic achievement of English language learners in NH. GATE CITY will support 80 Nashua educators through five graduate-level courses, which will lead participants to ESOL certification in NH.
Our first cohort of 40 Nashua educators began coursework in January 2013. The GATE CITY team received an overwhelmingly positive response from district educators eager to add ESOL certification to their list of credentials. Nearly 80 educators applied for 40 available spots. Admitted participants come from 11 elementary, middle and high schools across the district and include teachers from every grade level and every academic discipline. Members of the first cohort have been working together in collaborative teams to support culturally and linguistically diverse students by implementing new methods for instruction in their classrooms. Recruitment for a second cohort will begin in Fall 2015.
For more information on the GATE CITY project, check out these links to our website and blog:
submitted by Emily Kerr
***South Central Network Meetings
The 2012-2013 South Central ESOL network meetings will be held NHTI Concord Community College, Concord, NH in Grappone Hall, Room 217 (the Trulson conference room. The address is 31 College Ave, Concord, NH 03301. http://www.nhti.edu/directions.html Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year from 4:00pm-5:45pm. Attendees receive 2.0 hours of professional development per meeting from the NH Department of Education for attendance and participation.
Here are the remaining dates for the 2012-13 year.
September 11, 2012
October 9, 2012
November 13, 2012
December 11, 2012
January 8, 2013
February 12, 2013
March 12, 2013
April 9, 2013
May 14, 2013
June 11, 2013
***Upper Valley TESOL Network Meetings
The 2012-2013 Upper Valley TESOL network meetings will be held in Room 301 at the new Lebanon Middle School. The address is 3 Moulton Avenue, Lebanon, NH 03766. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year from about 3:15pm-5:00pm. Please park out front and then behind when that lot is full. You should enter through the front door and go upstairs to the third floor. Room 308 is the first classroom on the right in the 6th grade wing. If you have questions, please contact Charlotte Johnson at email@example.com.
***Mount Washington Valley ESOL Network Meetings
Meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month, beginning Oct.16th, from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. at The Met coffeehouse conference room in North Conway. The Met is located just north of Schouler Park in Downtown North Conway, 2680 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH. (603) 356-2332. Newcomers to the group should contact Kathy Burnell at 986-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm date and location or in case of cancellation.
– April 2012 –
Submitted by Kern Goyette and Debra St. Lawrence
Karen Goyette writes: The Hudson School District has been participating in an extensive WIDA research project which looks at the ways in which content-area teachers use WIDA resources to meet the needs of their English Language Learners. The project WIDA is conducting is intended to inform future resources that WIDA makes available to educators across the consortium as well as professional development WIDA designs.
Janine Anctil writes: News/updates from SAU #39: Mont Vernon, Amherst and Souhegan, NH school districts. This year we are in the final stages of creating an up-to-date local ESOL Compliance Manual.The manual outlines our ESOL program and policies and how we meet new legal compliance obligations.We are in communication with NHDOE during the final revision process.In addition to the legal compliance portion of the manual, we arecompilinga section of resources for ESOL teachers that will be accessible by our district ESOL teachers, in order to create more consistency and efficiency between our schools. One aspect of our compliance obligations that has been implemented this year is professional development for all staff.I presented a brief overview of our ESOL program and policies, highlighted unique needs and considerations for ELs, and suggested techniques for teachers to help support ELs in the mainstream classroom.It was received well by staff and administrators. I will also be implementing a more comprehensive program evaluation component of our ESOL program this year.It includes a yearly report of data on our EL students to identify strengths and weaknesses of our program, as well as an action plan for improvement as necessary. We also have been making an effort to create more multicultural awareness in our schools, which ties into the anti-bullying programs as well.I have been putting up multicultural/multilingual displays at all school levels to raise awareness of other cultures, languages and countries. That’s what is happening in SAU #39.Lots of exciting things!
In general: A committee has been formed to start the process of updating and revising the Competencies required for ESOL Teacher Certification. It is likely that the work will be finished by June 2012 and the new standards are projected to go into effect by December 2012. NHTI is continuing to strengthen their Teacher Conversion Program by adding an ESOL compliment to the program. Initial feedback from participants in the program has been very positive.
Upper Valley TESOL Network: The Upper Valley TESOL Network meets the first Wednesday of every month at about 3:00 at Seminary Hill School at 20 Seminary Hill in West Lebanon, NH. Meetings are held in the white annex in front of the school. Take the long ramp across from the front door of the school. Contact: Charlotte Johnson at Charlotte.Johnson@valley.net.
South Central Network: The 2011-2012 South Central ESOL network meetings will be held Manchester Community College, room 103. The address is 1066 Front Street, Manchester. Directions to Manchester Community College. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year from 4:00pm-5:45pm. Attendees receive 2.0 hours of professional development per meeting from the NH Department of Education for attendance and participation. Here are the specific dates for the remainder of the 2011-12 year. April 10, 2012 May 8, 2012 June 12, 2012
North Country Network: The North Country Network meetings will be the first Monday of the month at 3:30 at the MET Coffehouse. Contact: Karen Gibson at ESL@sau9.org if you are interested in these meetings.