Title

Beyond Curriculum: Developing Comprehensive SLIFE/ELL Programs

First Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Third Presenter's Institution

Princeton Public Schools

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

ELL and SIFE students (many times refugees as well) face multiple hurdles in seeking education including language barriers, limited or disrupted education,various forms of discrimination and issue of personal safety. We have identified best teaching practices in relation to these students and created several tiers of support to meet their holistic needs. Our strategies and programs have effectively improved overall attendance and graduation rate. These practices and program can easily be replicated in other districts for limited costs.

Brief Program Description

Do you have SLIFE/ESL students in your high school?

Attend this workshop to learn how Princeton Public School District has created an active year-round learning environment that engages students in curricular and co-curricular activities that aid in increasing English language proficiency and invites students to become active participants in the school community.

Summary

Based on the conceptual framework formulated by Wida and supplemented by several key print resources including research from Cal Linguistics, as well as New York and Denver public schools we have designed a program that addresses the needs of SIFE students in order to help them acquire English and be successful in and out of school.

Our presentation will include steps to creating a Welcome Center and a summer English camp. An administrator will be present to discuss scheduling and graduation requirements. The welcome center teacher will present curriculum and teaching practices and the director of the summer camp will present on programming and college and career support services.

Evidence

The practices we have implemented have motivated our students and have improved their attendances and engagement in school. Our school has improved relations with community organizations and as a result more resources have been made available to us. Students outside the ESL program as well as an increased number of faculty members have become involved in this work. We will present small scale and large scale changes that attendees can implement in their own schools.

Our dropout rate for ELL/SLIFE students has improved by 50% and the last two classes of ESL/SLIFE students that graduated are attending Community College or Adult Vocational School.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Jessica Baxter has 13 years of experience as an ESL teacher and Assistant Principal of Schools; Andrea Dinan has 18 years of experience working in teaching and guidance; Karen Gates has 2 years experience teaching ESL. All work at Princeton High School and have developed, implemented and enhanced the the ESL Instructional Program, the ELL Summer Program and the ELL After School Program.

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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Mar 7th, 4:00 PM Mar 7th, 5:30 PM

Beyond Curriculum: Developing Comprehensive SLIFE/ELL Programs

Harborside East & West

Do you have SLIFE/ESL students in your high school?

Attend this workshop to learn how Princeton Public School District has created an active year-round learning environment that engages students in curricular and co-curricular activities that aid in increasing English language proficiency and invites students to become active participants in the school community.