Multilingual Education in the Buffalo Public Schools July 27, 2010 Multilingual Education Community Meeting International ...
Buffalo Public Schools  Multilingual Community Meeting July 27, 2010  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. International School #45 <ul><li>Ag...
Multilingual Education Department <ul><li>Director:  Tamara Alsace, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors:  </li></ul><ul><u...
Who are the students? <ul><li>Limited English Proficient (LEP)/English Language Learner:   Student who comes from a home w...
Total BPS LEP/ELL Population  2004-2010
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH  SPOKEN BY ELL/LEP STUDENTS IN THE BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Total:  73 Languages   Total:  73 L...
How are they identified? <ul><li>Identify students with limited English proficiency and place in appropriate English as a ...
What instructional programs  do we provide? <ul><li>Provide access to appropriate instructional programs, across academic ...
What instructional programs  do we provide? <ul><ul><li>Effective academic interventions and support services </li></ul></...
Bilingual Education Program Sites 2005 2010 School 3 K-5 K-6 School 30 PK-8 PK-8 School 33 PK-6 PK-8 School 64 PK-K PK-4 S...
Freestanding ESL  Program 2005 2010 # Elementary Schools 16 13 # High Schools 10 16 # ESL Teachers 65 83 # Teacher Aides 5...
Commissioner’s Regulations  Part 154 English  Proficiency Levels Based on  NYSESLAT Grades:  Kindergarten to 8  Grades: Gr...
Dual Language Immersion Program Inclusion in District specialized programs (e.g. vocational, gifted, etc.)   <ul><li>Frede...
SIFE/Newcomers <ul><li>Newcomer Center at Lafayette High School. </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday Academies  </li></ul><ul><li>(...
Assessment <ul><li>Monitor progress of English Language Learners utilizing appropriate assessment instruments, as required...
NYS ELA at or above standard 4 Year Summary Formerly Limited English  Proficient Students
BPS English Language Arts (ELA)  Limited English Proficiency Students  4 Year Summary Percent At or Above Proficiency (Lev...
BPS Mathematics  Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Students  4 Year Summary Percent At or Above Proficiency (Levels 3 & 4)
NYS Math at or above standard  4 Year Summary  Formerly Limited English  Proficient Students
Outreach <ul><li>Communicate with parents/guardians and community members to promote understanding, support, and involveme...
Outreach (cont.) <ul><li>Communicate with parents/guardians and community members to promote understanding, support, and i...
Professional  Learning Opportunities 2008-09 2009-10 Understanding ELLs 70 334 SIOP I 46 133 NYSESLAT 66 (ESL) 147 (all) N...
Council of Great City Schools Report <ul><li>2006  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Multilingual Education appointed  </l...
Council of Great City Schools Report <ul><li>Leadership & Strategic Direction (7) </li></ul><ul><li>Goals & Accountability...
CGCS Positive Findings <ul><li>ELLs benefitting from programs over time </li></ul><ul><li>Strong leadership team </li></ul...
CGCS Areas of Concern <ul><li>Parents don’t get information about schools in way that’s understandable </li></ul><ul><li>N...
CGCS Recommendations (85) <ul><li>Expand community outreach efforts to improve relations with various refugee, immigrant, ...
Committee Composition <ul><ul><li>Live in the City of Buffalo, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have children in the Buffalo ...
Scope of Work and Commitment <ul><li>Group: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review work already done or in process </li></ul></ul><u...
Interested? <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tamara Alsace, Director of Multilingual Education </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
<ul><li>Thank you for coming! </li></ul>
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  • Buffalo Public Schools Multilingual Advisory Committee mtg.7 27-10

    1. 1. Multilingual Education in the Buffalo Public Schools July 27, 2010 Multilingual Education Community Meeting International School #45 Tamara O. Alsace, Ph.D., Director
    2. 2. Buffalo Public Schools Multilingual Community Meeting July 27, 2010 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. International School #45 <ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome - James A. Williams, Ed.D., Superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>Greetings - Mr. Ralph Hernández, BOE President </li></ul><ul><li>Opening Remarks - Folasade Oladele, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation - Tamara Alsace, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multilingual Department Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District ELL Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programs and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CGCS Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee composition and selection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next meeting date </li></ul>
    3. 3. Multilingual Education Department <ul><li>Director: Tamara Alsace, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rose Colón, Bilingual/ESL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Henry, Bilngual/ESL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margaret Thompson, LOTE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support Staff: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrick Ferris, Title III Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wilda Ramos, Native Language Arts Support Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ahmed Mohamood, SIFE Support Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TBD, ESL Support Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joel Mercado, Language Assessment Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruth Casillas, Language Assessment Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rocio Cortés, Bilingual Guidance Counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linda Scinta, Social Worker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clerical Staff: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daisy Hernández </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myrta Pomaranski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migdalia Castro </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Who are the students? <ul><li>Limited English Proficient (LEP)/English Language Learner: Student who comes from a home where a language other than English is spoken and who scores below the designated level of proficiency on the LAB-R or the NYSESLAT, as set forth in CR Part 154. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Total BPS LEP/ELL Population 2004-2010
    6. 6. LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH SPOKEN BY ELL/LEP STUDENTS IN THE BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Total: 73 Languages Total: 73 Languages
    7. 7.
    8. 8. How are they identified? <ul><li>Identify students with limited English proficiency and place in appropriate English as a Second Language and/or bilingual education programs in accordance with New York State Regulations (CR Part 117 and CR Part 154) and Federal Requirements (NCLB Title I and Title III). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Language Questionnaire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Assessment Scales (LAS-O) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. What instructional programs do we provide? <ul><li>Provide access to appropriate instructional programs, across academic settings, that are grounded in an evidentiary base of scientific research in alignment with New York State Standards and that consider and/or include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English language proficiency/literacy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective English as a Second Language (ESL) methodologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freestanding ESL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native language proficiency/literacy skills as required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective bilingual instructional strategies, as appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bilingual education, NL support </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What instructional programs do we provide? <ul><ul><li>Effective academic interventions and support services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estrellita, Language! Trophies ELL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional materials that are culturally responsive and that support and facilitate language development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moving into English, High Point, Visions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trofeos, Estrellita, Santillana </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion in District specialized programs (e.g. vocational, gifted, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Olmsted, Vocational high schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acculturation support for newly arrived students and their families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday Academy, Parent Academy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jumpstart, Extended School Day </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Bilingual Education Program Sites 2005 2010 School 3 K-5 K-6 School 30 PK-8 PK-8 School 33 PK-6 PK-8 School 64 PK-K PK-4 School 76 3-8 (PK-2 @36) PK-8 High School Grover <ul><ul><li>Lafayette </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Freestanding ESL Program 2005 2010 # Elementary Schools 16 13 # High Schools 10 16 # ESL Teachers 65 83 # Teacher Aides 5 20
    13. 13. Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154 English Proficiency Levels Based on NYSESLAT Grades: Kindergarten to 8 Grades: Grades 9 - 12 Units of ESL Units of ELA Units of NLA Units of ESL Units of ELA Units of NLA Beginning 2 0 1 3 0 1 Intermediate 2 0 1 2 0 1 Advance 1 1 1 1 1 1
    14. 14. Dual Language Immersion Program Inclusion in District specialized programs (e.g. vocational, gifted, etc.) <ul><li>Frederick Law Olmsted School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades PK-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades PK-K </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers learning together with the goal of becoming bilingual and biliterate. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer immersion program offered </li></ul>
    15. 15. SIFE/Newcomers <ul><li>Newcomer Center at Lafayette High School. </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday Academies </li></ul><ul><li>(Grades 6-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Project JumpStart </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Extended </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Extended school day programs </li></ul>Effective academic interventions and support services Acculturation support for newly arrived students and their families (Students with Interrupted Formal Education)
    16. 16. Assessment <ul><li>Monitor progress of English Language Learners utilizing appropriate assessment instruments, as required by New York State regulations and as outlined in the District’s Three-Year Academic Plan, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yearly progress in English (NYSESLAT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy development in English – DIBELS, theme tests, ELA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy development in the native language (Bilingual Programs) - IDELS, theme tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic progress in the content areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection that is timely and appropriate for program decision making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title III funding .25 data specialist in 2010-2011 </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. NYS ELA at or above standard 4 Year Summary Formerly Limited English Proficient Students
    18. 18. BPS English Language Arts (ELA) Limited English Proficiency Students 4 Year Summary Percent At or Above Proficiency (Levels 3 & 4) 2005-06 2006-07 2008-09 2009-10
    19. 19. BPS Mathematics Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Students 4 Year Summary Percent At or Above Proficiency (Levels 3 & 4)
    20. 20. NYS Math at or above standard 4 Year Summary Formerly Limited English Proficient Students
    21. 21. Outreach <ul><li>Communicate with parents/guardians and community members to promote understanding, support, and involvement by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disseminating information in multiple languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing translators, whenever feasible, to facilitate face-to-face communication between families and the school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contracts with Language Line, International Institute, Journey’s End </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing informational sessions regarding programs, initiatives, and academic requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parent academies (BPS), summer orientation sessions (JERS) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Outreach (cont.) <ul><li>Communicate with parents/guardians and community members to promote understanding, support, and involvement by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicating with local agencies regarding refugee/immigrant issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating meaningful partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BETAC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WNYRAC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refugee Tutoring Project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BIREC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Colleges and universities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Houghton, Buffalo Youth in Motion, Buffalo State Service Learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New York State Association for Bilingual Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hispanics United </li></ul></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Professional Learning Opportunities 2008-09 2009-10 Understanding ELLs 70 334 SIOP I 46 133 NYSESLAT 66 (ESL) 147 (all) Native Language Arts 9 20 Part 154 Regulations 35 51 Teacher Aides 120 53
    24. 24. Council of Great City Schools Report <ul><li>2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Multilingual Education appointed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Policy on ELLs approved by BOE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008-2009 Superintendent and Board President requested review of ELL programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Review conducted April, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Report received May, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>85 recommendations in 10 areas </li></ul>
    25. 25. Council of Great City Schools Report <ul><li>Leadership & Strategic Direction (7) </li></ul><ul><li>Goals & Accountability (5) </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum & Instruction (11) </li></ul><ul><li>Program Design & Delivery System (10) </li></ul><ul><li>Program Monitoring (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Program & Student Placement (14) </li></ul><ul><li>Data & Assessments (8) </li></ul><ul><li>Human Capital & Professional Development (21) </li></ul><ul><li>Parents & Community (5) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding & Compliance (3) </li></ul>
    26. 26. CGCS Positive Findings <ul><li>ELLs benefitting from programs over time </li></ul><ul><li>Strong leadership team </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Academic Achievement Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Regular walkthroughs conducted </li></ul><ul><li>Documents outlining requirements developed </li></ul><ul><li>Improved registration and evaluation process </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive use of data to monitor progress </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in multilingual teacher aides </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive professional development in literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Center program considered “best practice” </li></ul><ul><li>Contract for Excellence funding targeted for ELLs </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment programs and extended learning opportunities </li></ul>
    27. 27. CGCS Areas of Concern <ul><li>Parents don’t get information about schools in way that’s understandable </li></ul><ul><li>Newcomer services inadequate </li></ul><ul><li>Performance of ELLs in Buffalo lags behind state </li></ul><ul><li>There is not a clear pathway towards graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Programs not consistent from school to school </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and administrators have not had enough training </li></ul><ul><li>Community concerned about district responsiveness to cultural and language differences </li></ul><ul><li>ELL community perceives that the district lacks mechanism to hear its concerns on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>District-wide ELL advisory committee inactive </li></ul>
    28. 28. CGCS Recommendations (85) <ul><li>Expand community outreach efforts to improve relations with various refugee, immigrant, and language groups </li></ul><ul><li>Renew and reactivate parent advisory groups </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate clear developmental sequence and pathway towards graduation for ELLs </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidate ELL enrollments into select number of elementary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Expand ELL programs in secondary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Name high level team to revamp newcomer program – include refugee and community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strategy for increasing graduation rates </li></ul><ul><li>Develop plan for translating and interpreting </li></ul>
    29. 29. Committee Composition <ul><ul><li>Live in the City of Buffalo, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have children in the Buffalo schools. or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have expertise in the field (5), or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University faculty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Refugee Resettlement Agency representatives (WNYRAC, Hope, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retirees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current BPS staff (principal, teacher, assistant) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Represent our top 5 language groups (BIREC, HUB, other) (10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>45% Spanish (4) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13% Karen (2) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11% Somali (2, inc. Bantu, Somali) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7% Arabic (1) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6% Burmese (1) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Scope of Work and Commitment <ul><li>Group: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review work already done or in process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine current conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritize recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop prioritized plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist in identifying and/or securing needed resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Individual: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend meetings regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete subcommittee work between meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain confidentiality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comply with group norms </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. Interested? <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tamara Alsace, Director of Multilingual Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>76 Buffum Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buffalo, NY 14210 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief letter of interest, along with resume and/or qualifications by August 6, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First meeting: Tuesday, August 10 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6:00-8:00 p.m. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location TBD </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. <ul><li>Thank you for coming! </li></ul>

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