Genesis of the project NKCSTraining principals on CAN DO Descriptors and ACCESS scoresThey wanted a “teacher CAN DO” documentThought about cataloging all the strategies taught throughout the life of PE in one document, starting with a matrix of strategies that could be used with the CAN Dos to scaffold instruction for ELLs across language domains and proficiency levelsThe GO TO Strategies Project is an outcome of the Project EXCELL professional development delivered to the NKCS teachers. It is designed to be used as a reference by classroom teachers of English language learners (ELLs), ELL teachers, special education teachers, principals and other supervisors overseeing the instruction of diverse groups of students in North Kansas City Schools and elsewhere, and for professional development for teachers.
A suite of documents:IntroductionStrategies sorted by principle of instructionStrategies MatrixStrategies InventoryStrategies Glossary
The GO TO Strategies Matrix consists of a one-page chart listing from three to six exemplary strategies for each of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at five different language proficiency levels. The strategies identified for a specific proficiency level can be modified by teachers for students at other proficiency levels (either lower or higher). The chart is intended to be a quick reference guide for teachers in planning and implementing instructional modifications for ELLs in their content classes. On the back of the matrix, sample strategies are briefly defined to demonstrate how to scaffold instruction for ELLs across the proficiency levels in each language domain.
Individual strategies are described in a two-column chart characterizing the Teacher’s Actions and the Student’s Actions for each strategy. These descriptions help to clarify the instructional context of the strategies. In addition, each strategy is labeled by language proficiency, teaching/learning purpose, and classroom grouping configuration.
Project excell overview
PROJECT EXCELL:EXCEPTIONAL COLLABORATION FORENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNINGLaura LukensELL Program Coordinator, North Kansas City Schoolsllukens@nkcschools.org
The Challenge of Changing Communities:Preparing All TeachersProject EXCELL:• 2007 National Professional Development GrantU.S. Department of Education, Office of EnglishLanguage Acquisition (OELA)• Purpose: To better prepare all teachers to work withEnglish Language Learners• Partnership between UMKC School of Education andNorth Kansas City Schools, with technical assistanceprovided by the Center for Applied LinguisticsProject EXCELL
Project EXCELL Goals:1. To improve UMKC’s teachereducation programs in orderto better prepare all facultyand teachers to provideeffective instruction to LEPstudents.2. To improve the effectivenessof educational personnelworking with LEP students inNKCS through high-qualityprofessional development.3. To improve LEP students’academic achievement andEnglish language acquisition.
By the Numbers:• Funding for five years• 2007- 2012• 2013: Year 6 extension• $300,000 per year• $1.5 million totalProject EXCELL
Project EXCELL at UMKCGoal 1: To improve UMKC’s teachereducation programs in order tobetter prepare all faculty andteachers to provide effectiveinstruction to LEP students.Objectives:• Faculty will participate in PD related to bestpractices for LEP students• Faculty will incorporate ELL strategies andconcepts into instruction• Faculty will revise syllabi to reflect ELLcontent and strategies• Course development and revision• Placement of pre-service teachers insettings with LEP students and ELL trainedteachersHow Accomplish:• CAL Seminars• Language Leaders-Faculty Advisory Group• Multicultural Wednesdays• Guest Lectures• Development of new endorsementsequence and other courses
Project EXCELL in NKCSThree-tiered professionaldevelopment model:• District-wide• Individual buildings• Individual teachersELL Master TrainersProject EXCELLELL Building TeamsELLEndorsementProgram
ELL Master Trainers• ELL Master Trainers:• Core group of 12 intensively trained staff• District Teachers: ELL, Mainstream,Specialists• Deliver ELL PD district-wide:• District Staff Development• Professional Growth Courses• Targeted building staff development• Provide “menu” of ELL training modulesfor specific needs in buildings• Offer at least one ELL PGC course persemester for district teachers• Infuse ELL content into all district staffdevelopmentEndorsementCandidatesELL Building TeamsELL Master Trainers
ELL Building Teams• Project EXCELL will train schoolteams on strategies to addressELL student achievement inindividual buildings• Intensive training onelementary OR secondaryELL methods:• Differentiating instructionfor ELLs• Sheltered contentinstruction• Cultural considerations• Assessment of ELLsProject EXCELLEndorsementCandidatesELL BuildingTeamsELL Master Trainers
ELL Building TeamsObjectives:• Utilize strategies and knowledge gainedthrough training• Develop ELL components of SchoolImprovement Plan and building StaffDevelopment Plan to increase ELLstudent achievement• Data analysis and consultation with ProjectEXCELL Facilitator and other team members• Opportunities for ongoing consultation duringthe five years of the Project as new groups arebrought into the ProjectProject EXCELLDavidson ElementaryHome of the Comets
On-Site ELL Endorsement• 15 NKCS teachers per year areselected for ELL endorsementprogram• Tuition and materials paid byProject EXCELL• Courses are provided at districtlocations during release time,after school and during thesummer• Courses are delivered throughUMKC adjunct faculty and Centerfor Applied Linguistics InstructorsProject EXCELLEndorsementCandidatesELL Building TeamsELL Master Trainers
Practitioner Orientation• Philosophical orientation ofall courses:• For working teachers byworking teachers• Research base for allcourses:• CAL’s Five Principles ofSheltered Instruction• Five Guiding QuestionsProject EXCELL
On-Site ELL Endorsement ProgramCourse of Study:• Spring:1. Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of OtherLanguages• Six days pulled out with subs• Location: UMKC Northland Campus• CAL Instructor2. Intercultural Communications• 14 weeks, Monday nights, 4:30-7:15PM• Location: NKCS admin campus• UMKC Adjunct• Summer:3. Second Language Acquisition• Six days (8:00-3:30) in July• Location: Northgate Middle School• CAL Instructor• Fall:4. ESL in the Content Areas• 14 weeks, Monday nights, 4:30-7:15PM• Location: NKCS admin campus• UMKC Adjunct5. Teaching Reading to ELLs• Six days pulled out with subs• Location: UMKC Northland Campus• CAL Instructor6. Practicum in TESOL• Two semester Practicum with class meetings andregular observations/coaching from instructor• Location: NKCS locations• UMKC Adjunct• Following Spring:7. Linguistics for ESOL Teachers• 14 weeks, Monday nights, 4:30-7:15PM• Location: Crestview Elementary School• UMKC Adjunct• Complete PracticumELL Master TrainersProject EXCELLELL Building TeamsELL EndorsedTeachers
The GO TO Strategies:ScaffoldingOptionsforTeachersof ELLs• Outgrowth of Project EXCELL and work withNKCS Principals’ Collaborative Group• Based on CAL’s Five Principles of Sheltered Instruction• Authors: Linda New Levine, Laura Lukens, and Betty AnsinSmallwood• References all strategies taught to teachers throughout ProjectEXCELL• Scaffolds rigorous instruction for ELLs as Missouri transitions to theCommon Core State StandardsProject EXCELL
The GO TO Strategies:Scaffolding Options for Teachers of ELLsA “suite” of resources for use in content or ELLclassrooms, plus training modules for teachers:• Introduction to the GO TO Strategies• Strategic Teaching and Learning Guided by the Five Principles ofInstruction for ELLs• Strategies Matrix• Strategies Inventory• Strategies GlossaryProject EXCELL
Strategic Teaching and Learning Using thePrinciples• Principle 1. Focus on academic language, literacy, andvocabulary.• Principle 2. Link background knowledge and culture tolearning.• Principle 3. Increase comprehensible input and languageoutput.• Principle 4. Promote classroom interaction.• Principle 5. Stimulate higher order thinking and the useof learning strategies.
GO TO Strategies InventoryThe Inventory includes a Table of Contents listing eachstrategy according to seven key teaching or learningpurposes. These categories are:• Community Building Strategies• Interactive Strategies• Teaching Strategies• Student Learning Strategies• Vocabulary Teaching Strategies• Reading Strategies• Writing Strategies
GO TO Strategies GlossaryThe Glossary lists the strategiesalphabetically:• Describes each strategy• Identifies each strategy’s primary purposeand the ways that the strategy can bemodified for different groups of students• Provides examples in the form of chartsand graphs to further clarify the strategies
Project EXCELL Outcomes• Over 90% of UMKC School of Education syllabi were revised toincorporate ELL content• 59 NKCS teachers earned Missouri ESOL certification• 4 of these teachers are now ELL teachers in NKCS• 15 ELL Building Teams were trained• 12 ELL Master Trainers were trained, who in turn delivered professionaldevelopment district-wide• NKCS ELL curriculum was developed and written• The GO TO Strategies project was developed and disseminated. Trainingmodules were delivered in various venues.• AMAOs 1 and 2 met consistently in district, scores on MAP CA and Mathimproving steadily• Increasing numbers of students transitioning out of ELL program into generaleducation setting each year
Project EXCELLLaura LukensNKCS ELL Program Coordinatorllukens@nkcschools.org(816)413-5115