Time to Partner Up! Co Teaching-PD Dearborn Teacher University

One Hundred and twenty four first year teachers attended the latest Dearborn Teacher University session, the new professional staff defined co-teaching as “collaboration.” Participants learned about the various models of co-teaching and how important it is for the teams to pre-plan their lessons. As part of the District Strategic Plan, co-teaching partners a general education teacher with a specialized teacher in the area of Special Education or EL. Together, two highly qualified educators work to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.

We are grateful for the wonderful experience and knowledge shared by the leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Nicole West, Kim Ray, Rola Bazzi Gates, Courtney Pletzke and others. They along with  always support the DTU program by contributing their expertise and presenting on various topics.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on May 22, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Google Apps.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Google Apps

See everyone in May!

  

Free SCECH Opportunities Through Michigan Virtual

Greetings,

Several teachers often contact the school improvement office to inquire about Free SCECH opportunities. Below is a valuable source through Michigan Virtual which is an online blended learning platform for educators and students.

May 1 is the deadline to register — Last chance to enroll in  self-paced online courses to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline.

We highlighted the Free Online Courses listed below:

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Sign up for these courses by May 1 to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline!

Dearborn Teacher University Training Focuses on Special Education Services

This past week our Year One Professional Staff  received professional development in the area of Special Education. Participants spent time learning about the various acronyms and labels utilized in the department and how students are identified for potential services. In addition, the various models of intervention services offered through the MTSS process were introduced.  Our presenters also explored a variety of co-teaching models and how they benefit our students. The leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Courtney Pletzke, Rola Bazzi-Gates, Nicole West and Kim Ray did a wonderful job working with our new professional staff.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on April 17, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Co-Teaching.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Co-Teaching

We hope you have a wonderful spring break with your families and friends! See you all in April!

 

 

Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

The School Improvement Office and the Dearborn EL Department members teamed up to attend the 2018 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 47th Annual Conference.  The NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  Our teams had the opportunity to attend several high-quality sessions that focused on improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote session by Saul Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez is the chess coach and art teacher at Henderson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, where he coached his students to win the national chess championships in 2015 and 2016. Ramirez grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, and discovered chess as a child, which became a pathway out of misfortune.  This amazing middle school teacher believed in his students when no one else did. Two students from the winning team shared their stories of struggle and courage and how playing chess helped change their lives. Needless to say there was not a dry eye in the 2,000 seat auditorium. The story of their championship journey is chronicled in the book The Champions’ Game.

Another valuable session that we attended focused upon online educational resources available ​for teachers at no cost.  Here’s the description from this worthwhile session: When English language learners are placed in your mainstream classroom, it’s a huge challenge for them…and for you.  What is out there that can help you reach your student’s families, teach literacy skills, academic content, and English at the same time?  Join us for the latest research and FREE resources on Colorin Colorado. The website is sponsored by the AFT and is filled with a wealth of information for all teachers and parents to explore while working with children.  Here’s the link to the website:  http://www.colorincolorado.org/

​​The EL and SIP teams are excited to implement some of these best practices with our Dearborn students and teachers. ​

Year One Professional Staff Engage in SIOP Strategies

The February session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop had a change of scenery with our new staff members meeting at Stout Middle School this past week. This month’s topic was the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or SIOP.  Our EL Department trainers and coaches, led by Kellie Bugajski, Ameen Elder, Jeannine Oynoian and Nadra Shami spent the hour receiving a brief overview about the eight components embedded in SIOP. Participants were divided up into small groups to engage in Word Sorts, Structured Reading and Structured Conversation activities. The presenters modeled the various SIOP lessons and strategies with the hopes that our new staff could apply these ideas in their classrooms.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on March 20, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful mid-winter break with your families and friends! See you all in March!

Michigan Department of Education to introduce new school-rating system (Index)

Greetings Everyone,

Detroit Free Press published an article on the release of the new rating system.

See highlights belows:

The Michigan Department of Education is set to issue a new way of rating schools soon — one that gives them credit for student proficiency and improvement, as well as other factors that have nothing to do with test performance.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said the new system, called an index, will be released to schools in about a week and will be public in about a month.

Schools will receive an index score that will range from 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. Those with an index score of below 30 will be targeted for improvement, Whiston said during a break in Tuesday’s meeting of the State Board of Education.

Here’s how the index score will be determined:

  • 34% based on improvement on state exams
  • 29% based on the number of students proficient on state exams
  • 14% on other factors such as availability of art, music, library and physical education programs
  • 10% based on graduation rates
  • 10% based on the proficiency of English language learners on a state exam
  • 3% based on how many students are tested

See full article here: http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/jNgvCfbwnsqaujAZFhVE

Year One Professional Staff Examine Assessments

The January session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop was spent with our first year professional staff being introduced to the world of summative assessments. The high school staff, led by Dearborn High Coordinators, Christine Rosbury and Laurie Lintner, spent the hour examining the College Board website and the various resources and tools that are available to classroom teachers. Our new teachers also learned about the differences between SAT and PSAT and their subtests.

For our new elementary and middle school professional staff, Duvall principal Bob Attee, provided an engaging session on how to read and understand the information provided on NWEA reports. The participants were instructed on how the MAP and MPG student, class and grade level reports can increase their students’ achievements in the areas of Reading, Math, Language Usage and Science. The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on February 13, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be SIOP Strategies. Please note the session will meet at the Stout MS Team Room NOT at the ASC Boardroom.

The link for registration is available here: https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-year-one-siop-strategies/

ACCOUNTABILITY NEWS

Good Afternoon,
A parent dashboard was created by the Michigan Department of Education for parents and other stakeholders wanting to know more about public schools down to the building level.

This tool replaces the color-coding system of green, lime, yellow, orange, red, and purple in the previous accountability Scorecards. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed a set of communication tools to help schools and districts discuss and share the new Dashboard with parents and the community.

The dashboard is now available to the public on MI School Data (www.MISchoolData.org/ ParentDashboard) and can be accessed on any computer or mobile device.
Fatme Faraj
Director- School Improvement/Leadership Coaching
Dearborn Public Schools | Students First: Inspire, Educate, Celebrate.

Year One Professional Staff Explore Culturally Responsive Teaching

During our last Dearborn Teacher University PD session, our first year professional staff examined the critical topic of Culturally Responsive Teaching. The EL Department trainers and coaches presented information and activities that introduced the staff to the challenges that our refugee students face on a daily basis. Time was spent in small group and whole group reflecting on how educators can best support our students that endure these hardships. In addition, an eye-opening discussion on students with poverty and how to develop empathy for these students was also addressed. Several teachers requested more information on this topic. Eric Jensen’s book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind is a wonderful resource to learn more on this subject. The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on January 16, 2018. The topic will be Assessment with two sessions available. High School Year One staff will meet at 2:45-4:00 for SAT/PSAT and our K-8 session will focus upon NWEA from 4:10-5:25.  Both workshops will meet in the board room at ASC. The link for registration is available here:

High School registration:  https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-assessments-satpsat/

K-8 registration: https://events.dearbornschools.org/events/dtu-assessments-nwea/

We hope you have a wonderful holiday break with your families and friends! See you all in 2018!

Year One Professional Staff dig into curriculum

Our first Dearborn Teacher University Year One PD session met in November. Participants spent time learning about our district curriculum, resources and pacing guides. Elementary professional staff examined resources available to them on DEC through a scavenger hunt and group discussion activity. The secondary professional participated in a carousel learning activity to identify how the curriculum and resources on DEC can assist them when planning their daily lessons and assessments. Our special education staff met with the coordinators from the Special Education Department to discuss specific job related content. It was a very productive session for all!

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