ELL

English Language Learners
RETELL/ ESL Information For Families


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Below you will find resources for DRRSD families with children who speak a first language other than English and for teachers regarding the RETELL inititive by the MA Department of Education concerning SEI endorsement for relicensure.




Vision
The vision of the English Language Learners program at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional Schools is to foster a life-long love of learning through individualized instruction in the English Language. In providing this instruction the students will have the tools to become linguistically, academically, and socially empowered and successfully contribute in our society.


Mission
The mission of the English Language Learners program at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional Schools is to increase proficiency for our linguistically diverse English language learners through rigorous instruction that integrates linguistic, cognitive and academic skills in order to achieve student success while valuing our students’ rich cultural backgrounds. We achieve this through an individualized learning plan that includes explicit ESL instruction and SEI/Sheltered content instruction based on the development and proficiency of each child.
Core Values

*We believe that all English Language Learners (EL’s) are capable of learning to high standards when provided adequate learning environments, appropriate materials, and qualified teaching;

*We believe that our students arrive with pre-existing knowledge and for this reason, our ESL program must embrace, respect and build upon students’ cultural and linguistic differences;

*We believe in fostering learning for all ELs that is engaging, rigorous and culturally diverse;

*We believe in a strong community that has a vested interest in every student and that every student is part of the community.




Resources for Families

At DRRSD we are committed to making sure that all children can succeed in our classrooms and have access to a rigorius curriculm. For children who speak a first language that is not English, we provide the following services.

All students who indicate that another language is spoken at home will be tested by our district ESL teacher to determine eligibility for SEI services.
If found eligible, students will be scheduled to meet regularly with the ESL teacher and will be supported in their classroom so that they can access our curriculum.
Over the course of the next few years all DRRSD teachers will be participate in training that will help them meet the needs of ELL students. (See next section for more information on teacher professional development and licensure.)
DRRSD ELL Handbook
Home Links for Curriculum

SEI/ESL Acronyms:
ESL- English as a Second Language
SEI – Sheltered English Immersion
EL- English Learners
LEP- Limited English Proficient
FLEP – Formerly Limited English Proficient
BICS – Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
CALP(S)- Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency Skills
WIDA - World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment
RETELL - Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners

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Resources for Teachers

Requirements For Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement
(adapted with permission from Needham Public Schools)
DRRSD has offered a free course that meets the 15 PDP requirement twice and will offer it again in October- please sign up through the district Google doc


Every licensed educator in Massachusetts has an obligation to engage in professional development related to English Language Learners (ELL). The following information will help each educator understand exactly what steps you need to take to ensure you are compliant with the requirements and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Please read this full page to the very end.


Educators who renew their professional license beginning on August 1, 2016 and thereafter must have completed one of the two paths as identified below:




 

Which educator am I?
An ELL student was placed in my classroom in school years 14-15, 15-16, 16-17:
I have never had an ELL student placed in my classroom:
Core academic teachers:

Teachers of moderate disabilities; severe disabilities; English; reading or language arts; math; science; civics and government; economics; history; geography; early childhood and elementary teachers who teach such subjects; and administrators who supervise one of these teachers
You must complete theSEI course. The full course is 45-hours.

If you have had an ELL in your classroom in any of the above years and have not completed or scheduled to take the SEI course, you must get your name on a waiting list before January 15th which will help to protect you when you renew your license come August 1, 2016 or later and have not completed the course.  Click the link above to register for the waiting list.

Some educators can take a "bridge course" depending on your past professional development with the former ELL "category" trainings.  If you completed two of category 1, 2 or 4, you may take the long bridge course.  If you completed all three of the category 1, 2 and 4 trainings, you make take the short bridge course.

Teachers may substitute the SEI course by taking the SEI MTEL but you will still need to complete 15 PDPs in ELL (and 15 PDPs in Special Education) when you renew your license.

Teachers who hold the ESL/ELL license do not need to take the SEI course

Of your 150 PDPs to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organizations will be offering workshops as well.


At any time you have an ELL placed in your classroom, you will have one year to complete the SEI course.
All other educators holding a DESE professional license not listed above
You are not required to take the SEI course! However, you must earn PDPs in ELL and Special Education.

Of your 150 PDPs to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organization will be offering workshops as well. 

Of your 150 PDPs to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organization will be offering workshops as well.




















































































If you have completed the SEI course, your license will list you as "SEI Endorsed."  Please do not trust fate - go to your ELAR account and make sure your license lists you as endorsed.  If your endorsement is not listed, call the DESE at 781-338-6600 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

 

The SEI information can be complicated but every educator must be aware of your obligation to comply prior to August 1, 2016 or the date you will be renewing your professional license.  Additional items to note:
  • DRRSD has offered a course that meets the 15 PDP requirement twice and will offer it again August 22 & 23, 2016 - please sign up through SMART PD to reseve your seat.
  • Educators who hold an initial license are similarly accountable except for the PDP requirements.  As an initial license holder, you are not concerned about PDPs until you earn the professional license. 
  • Teachers who hold a preliminary license must complete the SEI course as they complete their required teacher preparation program.
  • The spring 2016 SEI course will be the last of the free courses that DESE will be offering.For more information, please visit the DESE RETELL Web Page who are the authorities on the SEI requirements.

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