Projects

TA - Closed Project - Title III and EL Readiness Matters

Background

As requested by ALSDE, this project has been closed.

The SECC staff will continue to support ALSDE through the EL Readiness Matters Committee (including staff from Teaching and Learning, Office of Student Learning/Instructional Services – CCRS Implementation, and Office of Learning Support/Federal Programs/Title III, Special Education Services, and Career and Technical Education) through a review of data on EL proficiency of third grade ELs and support with ESSA implementation as it relates to requirements for serving ELs, including accountability.

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Project Updates

Most Recent Update: |

On November 22, the ALSDE Research and Development office held a research agenda planning meeting. ALSDE shared its research priorities with participants, including SECC. Plans for revising the SECC Year 5 Work Plan were contingent on outcomes of this meeting, including EL project work. On December 22, the coordinator of ALSDE’s Research and Development office and the SECC state liaison scheduled a meeting for January 4, 2017, to revise its Year 5 Work Plan. Details about Year 5 projects concerning English learners will be discussed at that time.

 

Previous Updates:

On November 22, the ALSDE Research and Development office held a research agenda planning meeting. ALSDE shared its research priorities with participants, including SECC. Plans for revising the SECC Year 5 Work Plan were contingent on outcomes of this meeting, including EL project work. On December 22, the coordinator of ALSDE’s Research and Development office and the SECC state liaison scheduled a meeting for January 4, 2017, to revise its Year 5 Work Plan. Details about Year 5 projects concerning English learners will be discussed at that time.

SECC staff sent an EL-related resource to staff from the offices of Title III, Research and Development, and the Office of Student Learning at ALSDE. The resource was a REL Northeast and Islands bridge event webinar titled “How Long Before English Learner Students Take to Reach English Proficiency?” After participating in the research agenda planning meeting held by ALSDE’s Research and Development office on November 21, the discussion of possible studies concerning ELs arose; this particular topic was timely and highly relevant.

SECC staff shared a resource webinar series concerning English learners (ELs) with staff from ALSDE’s Alabama Reading Initiative, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the Title III offices. The webinar series was developed by EL experts at AIR’s Center for English Language Learners. The series of three 1-hour webinars features an approach called Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL), developed by Diane August and a team of AIR experts. Each webinar focuses on a different topic. The first session addresses background knowledge; the second, vocabulary; and the third and final, interactive reading strategies. The presentations include research-based pedagogical methods and concrete ideas for teachers to successfully support ELs in meeting college- and career-ready standards (CCRS), with a focus on reading literature.