• English Learner Program

    Program Evaluation and Action Plan 

    Compiled by Jenn Noorjanian, EL Director, Milford Public Schools, Milford, Massachusetts

     

    District EL Department Highlights

     

    MCAS 2.0 and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Assessments

     

    o        Students successfully participated in MCAS 2.0 and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessments.  Trainings of ESL staff and school administrators are conducted by district director and MATSOL instructors using PowerPoint presentations and included outlining new regulations vis-à-vis Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) and WIDA standards.

    o        School administrators are informed about EL student performance on a regular basis and were given AMAO reports with explanations on how the district performed.

    o        All Milford staff and administrators are made aware of the importance of providing bilingual dictionaries for all EL and former English learners (FEL) students in the district during the MCAS 2.0 administration.  All homeroom teachers received and completed dictionary surveys and order forms which prompted the successful dissemination of dictionaries for this “loaner” program.

    o        Our EL teachers participated with their school-based teams to analyze items on the math and ELA MCAS 2.0 tests.  As a department we came up with an EL MCAS 2.0 Action Plan which emphasized equal access for EL students in math and reading intervention programs and MCAS 2.0 tutoring at every school, item analysis for our individual EL students, comparisons of MCAS 2.0 and ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 scores, and adhering to ELD curriculum materials aligned with the WIDA Standards.

     

     

    Professional Development

     

    • Milford Public Schools is a RETELL SEI Endorsement Cohort 2 school district and SEI Endorsement training is complete.

     

    Student Placement, Programming, and Monitoring

     

    o      See Student Placement and Programming tab on Home Page.

     

     

    ESL Teaching Staff and Administration Collaboration with SEI Teachers and Leadership Representatives

     

    o        We have been working toward designating specific teams of SEI teachers to work with our English Learners.  The teams of teachers have common planning time with the EL staff members and students join their English speaking peers during instructional lessons and special subject classes.

    o        EL representatives are members of all school department meetings, leadership meetings, literacy councils, summer reading meetings, curriculum councils, etc. so that the needs of our EL students can be recognized and addressed.  This ensures continuing academic and intervention services for English Learners, as well as equal access to all school activities.

     

    Community Outreach

     

    • Milford Town Library
      • There is close coordination between Milford Town Library and Milford Public Schools; the library has a large collection of foreign language books, CDs, videos and DVDs and offers the community ongoing ESL classes and conversation drop-in opportunities.

     

    EL Curriculum Development

     

    o        Milford Public Schools has put together a team of SEI and EL teachers to work on a content-based K – 12 English Language Development curriculum using DOE offered UBD MCU templates (curriculum maps, unit plans, scope and sequence documents, WIDA resources, etc.) Time is also spent during curriculum team leader (CTL) meetings.

     

    State Support of EL Directors and Mentoring Efforts

     

    • Our district director has been instrumental in reaching out to surrounding districts in the Blackstone Valley in order to provide support in the form of monthly meetings, sharing of program forms and translations, mentoring of new administrators and teachers, and sharing professional development opportunities. 

     

    • Parent Involvement and Translations

     

    • State and Federal regulations require that districts provide information about assessment and related academic achievement to parents of EL students in a language that they can understand.  In Milford, report cards and progress reports are available in the major second languages found in our district, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.  Parents may request a translation of their child’s report card or progress report by contacting the EL Director or Translation Coordinator for the Milford Public Schools.  Codes of Conduct are also available in these three languages for each school, as well as the year’s District Calendar. ESL teacher liaisons at each school coordinate the effort to have important documents and notices translated into our students’ native languages when deemed necessary or when a request is made.
    • Bilingual Parent Groups are in the process of being developed.
    • International Festival (Woodland Elementary School) – EL and SEI teachers in grades 3 – 5 participate in a festival to celebrate our district’s beautiful cultures and diversity.  Tables representing the countries of origin of Stacy’s students displayed information about these cultures, ethnic food was offered and international music and dances were shared.
    Other Family Outreach Initiatives where translators are available:
    • MCAS 2.0 Informational Evening
    • Math nights
    • Literacy Fairs
    • Parent Advisory Council Meetings
    • Adult ESL classes offered through our Community Use Program and Milford Public Library
    • Back To School Nights
    • Parent Information Nights
    • Student Assemblies
    • Family Community Network
    • Kindergarten Orientation Night

     

     

                                                                                                                                                           Last Updated: 12/19/16