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Summer Literacy Circle for English Language Learners, Madison County School District, Mississippi

Summer Literacy Circle for English Language Learners, Madison County School District, Mississippi

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  • March 26, 2010 - 1 P.M.
    Madison County School District
    Mississippi
    A Summer Literacy Program:
    Boosting Academic Achievement and
    Enhancing Language Skills
  • Presenters: Introductions
    ELL Teachers and Presenters
    Denise Bruce
    Lynn Fuller
    Jun Li
  • Facts: Madison County School District
    School District Population: 11,370One of the fastest growing top-rated school districts in the state
    Located centrally in the state of Mississippi in Madison County
    -Suburb of Jackson, MS-Population: 91,369-66% urban and 34% rural
    Total Number of schools: 21
    High Performing Schools: 5 STAR schools, 3 High Performing schools
    Madison County School District has very diverse demographics; Northeast part of Madison County is an impoverished area while the south part of the county is affluent.
    ELL Program
    -Started in 1998-194 ELL students enrolled this year -Over 20 native languages spoken by ELL students -7 certified ELL teachers; 2 teacher assistants-15 schools in our district serve students in an ELL program
  • ELL Summer Literacy Program
  • Why Have an ELL Summer Literacy Program? Where there’s a “Need” there’s a Way!
    • A survey sent to parents and teachers in April.
    • Results of the survey indicated a need for an ELL summer program to boost reading and language skills of ELL students.
    • The survey reflected the following needs:
    A need to provide an ELL Summer Program designed to enhance English language acquisition skills.
    A 4-week ELL summer program with emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking was favored.
    The greatest need for a summer literacy program was for elementary students in grades K-5.
  • Survey of Need
  • How does the program operate? How is it funded?
    The Office of Federal Programs added the following guidelines to the program:
    • The Summer Literacy Program is offered free of charge to parents.
    • Hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, beginning the first week of June and lasting 4 to 6 weeks.
    • Students in grades K-5 must be currently enrolled in the Madison County School District’s ELL program in order to participate in the Summer Literacy Program.
    • Students must pre-register for the program. Parents must complete the registration form and submit it to the school by the deadline.
  • Pre-Registration Form
  • How does the program operate? How is it funded?
    • Transportation is provided by the parents. No buses are used for transportation.
    • Certified teachers provide instruction to ELL students in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening for four hours per day, Monday through Friday.
    • Teachers selection is based on experience, performance and recommendations.
    • The Summer Literacy Program is paid through Title III funding.
  • Components of the Literacy Program
    • Literacy skills are taught by utilizing trade books for instruction.
    • Flexible Grouping: Teachers group students for reading based on students’ DRA levels and English proficiency levels. Flexible grouping is used to differentiate instruction. Teachers may have students in 2 to 3 grades grouped together for instruction. Student communication skills vary; therefore, flexible grouping is used to teach writing and communication skills (Listening and speaking).
    • Whole group, Read Alouds and Shared Reading is used.
  • Components of the Literacy Program
    • Scaffolding of comprehension skills and oral reading practices are used to develop reading proficiency skills. (Standards guide the curriculum used for reading and literacy.)
    • Literature and art are used to enhance the writing process and provide opportunities for speaking and language development.
    • Hands-on activities, games, listening stations and centers, and manipulatives (puppets) are provided to enhance listening and speaking skills.
  • The ELL Summer Program Focus
    • Focus of the four to six weeks summer literacy program: To reinforce and enrich reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through literature, thus boosting academic achievement.
    • Educational games are used to accommodate learning styles. (Listening games, kinesthetic games, speaking games)
    • Variety of books are used for teaching: leveled books, literature books, trade books, and big books.
    • A variety of leveled books are kept in our ELL Resource Room and available for teachers to check out and use for the summer program.
  • Facts about the ELL Summer Program
    • The ELL Summer Literacy Program is NOT for grade- enhancement or promotion. It is for enrichment only!
    • Teaching Strategies: Teachers immerse students in literature and use various teaching strategies to enhance learning.
    • Flexible and cooperative grouping, paired reading, echo reading, shared reading, popcorn reading, speaking and listening centers, read aloud/think alouds are strategies used.
  • Schedule and Evaluation
    • Instructional Schedule is flexible. (See samples.)
    • Students are not given a grade; they receive a weekly progress report (on Friday) that must be signed by a parent and returned on Monday.
    • End of Summer School Checklist is completed by the teacher for each student.
    • The focus of the program is to immerse students in reading and writing.
    • Result is more retention of reading fluency and reading skills, and less regression in reading.
    • Comparable data: DRA scores in May and August.
  • ELL Summer Literacy Schedules
    K-2 and 3-5
  • DRA May 2009 compared to August 2009
    • The purpose of the ELL program was to focus on literacy and increase student achievement.
    • The DRA comparison showed that 55% of the students increased their reading DRA level after the summer literacy program.
    • TheDRA level from May to August was maintained by 24% of the ELL students. There was no significant decline or regression.
  • Boosting Academic AchievementFACTS
    May 2009 DRA scores were compared to August 2009 below: (38 students)
    55% of students’ DRA levels increased 24% of students’ DRA levels were maintained; no regression8% of students regressed on DRA8% of students were Non-English Speakers; No DRA Scores to compare. Students attained English acquisition skills.5% of students were Pre-school students; No DRA scores to compare. Students made an easy transition into K, recognizing letters and sounds
  • Samples of Summer School Activities and Movie Clips
    • Students involved in activities
    • Students grouped for instruction
    • Sample of games and activities used to boost achievement
    • Interactive Word Walls are used in every classroom to help build and expand vocabulary
  • Word Walls are used for Enhancing Vocabulary and Spelling
  • Boosting Reading Skills
  • Specific Reading Skills are taught through Units of Study
  • Thematic Units Integrate Social Studies with Reading and Writing
  • Share/Compare Categories
  • Shared Reading and Read Aloud Books
  • Making Text to World Connections
  • Reading and Writing Activities
  • Center Activities
  • Teacher Models Activity for Student
  • Reading and Language Artifacts
  • Student Projects Based on Themes
  • Interactive Word Wall
  • Retelling the Story and Writing a Response to the Story
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Creating Charts and Graphs
  • Compound-Word Activity (Clip)
  • Teacher/Student Interactions (Clip)
  • Student Describes Writing Activity (Clip)
  • Teacher Guided Instruction (Clip)
  • One-on-one Writing Instruction (Clip)
  • Using Sentence Strips to Identify Parts of Speech (Clip)
  • Practice in Writing Sentences (Clip)
  • Assessment of Student Progress
    Weekly report to parents.
  • Assessment of Student Progress
    Weekly report to parents.
  • Overall Assessment of Student Progress
    Overall assessment of students summer school progress for classroom teachers.
  • Assessment of Student Progress
    • An ELL progress report goes home to parents each Friday.
    • Reports show a snapshot of the students’ progress in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
    • Parents sign reports and return them on Mondays.
    • The report informs parents of the students class participation, effort and behavior.
  • Questions / Comments
    Contact Information:
    Office of Federal Programs
    Madison County School District
    P. O. Box 159
    Flora, MS 39071
    601 879-3015
    http://www.madison-schools.com
    Emails for presenters:
    lfuller@madison-schools.com
    dbruce@madison-schools.com
    junli@madison-schools.com