SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / May 2009 /


Featured Professional Development
Adolescent Literacy: How to Access and Comprehend Text
This interactive session on adolescent literacy will focus on helping all middle and high school teachers see their roles not as teachers of reading, but as teachers of how to access information from the different kinds of text used in their classes.
Where: SEDL headquarters, Austin, TX
When: June 10–12

Learn about other professional development sessions offered at SEDL's Center for Professional Learning.

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SEDL's Resource for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
SEDL offers several services that can help education leaders achieve the goals outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Learn more.

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SEDL Helps English Language Learners Succeed in School
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SEDL's Texas Comprehensive Center Hosts Research Summit on Accommodations for English Language Learners
SEDL's Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) recently held a 2-day research summit titled "Making Consistent Decisions About Accommodations for English Language Learners" (ELLs). The summit was the second phase in a federally funded project to assist the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in meeting the needs of ELLs. In the first phase of the project, the TEA held 14 focus groups across Texas where participants discussed how districts and schools are currently making decisions regarding ELL accommodations and assessments.

girl writing at a desk The research summit’s purpose was to review the findings from the focus groups, learn from the research of experts in the field, and stimulate dialogue among researchers and expert practitioners regarding how best to help educators select and implement ELL accommodations. Dr. David Francis, director of the Center on Instruction’s ELL strand, presented findings from his research and served as the discussant for presentations by other national experts. In addition, TEA leaders gave a presentation on the current state guidelines regarding ELL accommodations and on the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), which are integrated in all content areas and at all grade levels in Texas. Summit participants then broke into small groups to discuss the barriers to consistent implementation of state ELL guidelines. To see the agenda and list of presenters for the summit, go to the TXCC Research Summit Web page.

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Tips and Tools
Free Resource
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Academic English and Conversational English
The Southeast Comprehensive Center’s quarterly e-bulletin includes an article that explains the difference between conversational and academic English and how all teachers can help students master academic English. Learn some of the steps that school leaders and teachers can take to help ELL students learn academic English by accessing the e-bulletin online.

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  Reaching Parents of ELL Students
A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement is designed to help schools receiving Title I funds meet parental involvement provisions. The toolkit was developed by the SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools and includes resources for working with parents of ELL students and increasing their involvement in their student’s education.

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