Thank you for coming to our first round table at Downey. Here is a summary from the Downey roundtable.
1. Goal for your school district on implementing ALD:
- Build ALD proficiency through CCSS & ELD standards.
- Academic language for all students support from Dr. Soto & constructing meaning along with EL –Achieve.
- Provide access for students to various type of literature/informational text in order to express their learning orally & in written form at a level that meets mastery of the standard.
- ALD needs to be a part of all content areas. Addressed in all classes and all levels.
2. What steps do you think are necessary to properly implement ALD into your school district:
- Training, Curriculum, and focus.
- Strategies are currently in place. Next Steps will be to look at ELD standards to see the rigor and how to support language development.
- Continuous professional learning for all state holders. Provide evidence of a learning continuum on demonstrating their progress. Actively monitoring classroom instruction and providing feedback.
- Need more resources in regards to professional learning opportunities but most importantly monitoring & feedback.
3. What are your top two challenges at this moment?
- Teacher knowledge base w/ALD and diverse population. Resources for implementation.
- Teacher training.
- Consistency. Time for preparing.
- Monitoring. Principals need support with classroom walk through.
- Monitoring the implementation across the district with meaningful feedback.
4. One lesson you can share on implement ALD:
- Incorporating a language objective with appropriate scaffolds, focusing on a specific function, embedding instructional routines.
Resources to share:
Academic Conversations. by Zwiers.
The Literacy Gaps: by Ivannia Soto.
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: by Sharroky Hollie.