Collaboration

Collaboration involves data.

Your team uses a bunch of data, so agree on what data points mean. Use them to plan and teach so an ELL gets Language Access at his/her language level, as well as Content Access at his/her grade level.

This is not an easy task! This could mean an ELL in the 6th grade reads at a 2nd grade level still needs 6th grade lessons. To support our ELLs as a community, this ELL Data Sheet is available to download. This data sheet is what we refer to when we collaborate about ELLs.

Note: ELL Data Sheets will be updated for Quarter 1 instruction (Sep 2015) and updated accordingly as new data are available, by Jan 2016 and Jun 2016).

Here are the groups of data on the ELL Data Sheet.

0. Identify and Get to Know Your ELLs

Our ELLs this year are especially wonderful. Have you interviewed them? Key information about them are on the ELL Data Sheet, such their birthday (wish them happy birthday); language and country of origin (say it in their language!); how many years he/she has been in an ELL.

Note: At 6 years or more, the ELL is more likely to develop negative self-esteem issues, so it’s a BIG DEAL to reach Proficiency at “Commanding” and be out of ENL services.

1. NYSESLAT Results

There are two dimensions to consider: Their proficiency level and their modality performance (L/S/R/W).

  • Proficiency Level (Commanding, Expanding, etc.) ⇒ This informs you of which NLAP (New Language Arts Progression) to use.
  • Strength or Challenge in Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing.

2. F&P Instructional Guided Reading

Fountas & Pinnell invented a reading program that ranks students from pre-K to 8th grade. The SMaRT SPOT uses the LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) to guide reading levels up the continuum. The ELL Data Report informs ELA teachers and other teachers what grade level reading to start the ELLs.

3. F&P Independent Reading Level

All SHLA students must have an independent reading book at this level. ELLs especially need to keep a list of new words in their notebook and read at least 45 min. daily. Their parents need to be stay active in encouraging their student to read and ask comprehension questions. (“What are you reading about?”, “What’s the main idea?”, “How does it end?”, etc.).

4. M.A.P. Data

Math and ELA scores from NWEA’s site can give you an indication of which Common Core State Standard that you need to include in your lesson plan in order to reach and teach your ELL at his/her ZPD (Zone of Prox. Dev.). In the ELL Data Report, I’ve included the number of score points each ELL needs to get to the Norm.

5. Lexile Data (aka New Words, Vocabulary)

Both NWEA’s MAP and Achieve3000 track student lexile levels. Did you know “lexile” was invented by this company? Anyway, both lexile level scores are in the ELL Data Report, as well as the equivalent grade level. In middle school, all students need to reach 1,100 lexile in order to be developing on schedule.

6. Other Useful Language Data (Especially for ENtering, EMerging, TRansitioning)

  • Nonsense Words assesses phonemes (word sounds)
  • WADE assesses phonemes and morphemes (spelling)
  • Words-Their-Way assesses morphemes (spelling)
  • BrainPopESL assesses and teaches syntax (grammar) and semantics (meaning).

Do you have any comments on this page, or site? Please write them below and/or let me know in order to improve our collaborative effort to embrace ELLs and all learners into our community.