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At Learning Point Associates, an affiliate at AIR . Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners through School Improvement. Jayne Sowers, E.D. . Senior Technical Assistance Consultant . 8/28/12. Fr amework to Increase Student Learning . Build ⇒ Coherent - aligned across programs

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meeting the needs of english language learners through school improvement

At Learning Point Associates, an affiliate at AIR

Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners through School Improvement

Jayne Sowers, E.D.

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant

8/28/12

fr amework to increase student learning
Framework to Increase Student Learning
  • Build
  • ⇒ Coherent - aligned across programs
  • ⇒ Internal – across SEA, LEA, school
  • ⇒ Supports – on-site visits, materials/ tools, professional learning
need to build internal coherent supports
Need to Build Internal Coherent Supports

All states are focused on improving their persistently low-performing schools.

  • Schools need assistance with how to best serve their students that are learning English, students with disabilities, students of poverty, and students from minority groups.
challenges benefits
Challenges – Benefits

ELLs often is a subgroup not meeting AYP

Title III knowledgeable ELLS

Title I staff knowledgeable school improvement

LEAs receive limited funding for ELLs through Title III

merge our plans reviews monitoring
Merge Our Plans, Reviews, Monitoring
  • Combine across programs and initiatives:
  • Templates for school improvement plans
  • Reviewing of applications
  • On-site monitoring visits
merge professional learning opportunities
Merge Professional Learning Opportunities
  • Provide cross-title/program trainings
  • Train all teachers
  • Use research-based effective practices
    • Provided over time
    • Job-embedded
    • With coaching/mentoring
model collaboration
Model Collaboration
  • SEAs demonstrate to LEAs working across Title programs and initiatives
  • LEAs demonstrate to schools working across Title programs and initiatives
  • Build “super-group” leadership teams at schools
build our capacity together
Build Our Capacity Together
  • Get to know other staff
  • Understand the basic requirements of other’s program
  • Use the grants management office to work together
build internal coherent supports
Build Internal Coherent Supports
  • Merge our plans, reviews, monitoring
  • Merge our professional learning opportunities
  • Model collaboration
  • Build our capacity together
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Jayne Sowers

  • P:312-288-7634
  • F: 312-288-7601
  • E-Mail: jsowers@air.org
  • 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1231
  • Chicago, IL 60606-2901
  • General Information: 800-356-2735