RTI- Early Warning Indicators for English Language Learners/Bilingual Students in 9th Grade

This recent article by the National High Schools Center looked at Early Warning Indicators (EWI) of English language learners to identify graduation trends for these students. Edweek has published a recent article on this report and it highlights :
1. How well 9th graders perform in their courses predict whether they will graduate– more telling that their English language profiency.
2. Grade point average
3. Attendance

These 3 indicators can accurately predict the high likely of dropping out of high school. As part of a multi-tier system of support (MTSS) or an Response to Intervention (RTI) model we can used this information to provide a strong core that engages students and keep them coming and completing their work at Tier 1 level. It can also serve to identify Tier 2 and Tier 3 needs and interventions so that they can perform in their courses and be successful in 9th grade thus increasing the probability that will graduate. This is a great link between this two frameworks with promising practices for teachers and administrators.
Here is a link to the article in Ed Week

En Español- Recursos para Padres y Maestros (Spanish Resources for Parents and Teachers

Here are 6 great website with a variety of activities that support Spanish language. Great for Dual Language Programs and ESL students learning English

Spanish Resources here are a few that are excellent and have families pages in addition for resources for teachers etc.

Colorin Colorado: http://www.colorincolorado.org/families/
Esta pagina de web en Español ha sido diseñada con el fin de brindarles información útil para ayudar a sus hijos a convertirse en buenos lectores y en estudiantes de éxito en contextos bilingues.

Ñanduti : http://www.cal.org/earlylang/benefits/benefits_of_being_bilingual.html
Esta pagina de web tiene informacion sobre las ventajas de ser bilingue.

Spanglish Baby: http://www.Spanglishbaby.com
Esta pagina de web a sido diseñada por dos madres apasionadas de que sus hijos hablen sus dos lenguas.

Discovery Kids en Español: http://www.discoveryfamilia.com/juegos/
Esta pagina tiene juegos para niños en Español que les deja practicar sus habilidades de lectura y matematicas

Libros en Español para comprar: http://astore.amazon.com/spangl-20

Cervantes Virtual Books a differente niveles: http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/inicial/lectura_05/texto/
Aqui pueden encontrar libros virtuales en tres niveles en Español

Recursos para la lectura en Español: http://wellstone.spps.org/Recursons_en_Espa_ol.html

En esta pagina de web pueden encontrar cuentos en Español y otros recursos para ayudar a sus hijos.

For researchers and teachers this page is also very informative:

Ed Week’s Web Resource on Dual Language Education

This week I would like to highlight two resources on Dual Language Education:

1. Ed Week’s Section on Dual Language Education by Leslie A. Maxwell. This webpage summarizes current research on dual language education programs better known as two-way bilingual education programs where 50% of students are English dominant and 50% are Spanish dominant (or other language) and the curriculum is provide equally in both languages. This webpage has videos, articles, and latest research on the benefits of this type of education programs that is on the rise in the US (it seems silly to say this part as Europe works very much this way and kids learn more than 2 language most of the time). In the latest post you can see a video of a program in CA where children experience literacy activities in Spanish and English. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2012/04/a_look_inside_a_dual_language.html

2. Diary of a Bilingual School is the second resource I am highlighting this week. The book is an account of a dual language program over a year. In their description, “the book focuses on Chicago’s Inter-American Magnet School, one of the nation’s most acclaimed dual immersion programs, where children thrive in an environment that unlocks their intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Simultaneously, without conscious effort, they become proficient in two languages and at home in a culture that differs from their own”. Its free on Kindle this week -click here to access

New Center on Cultural Diversity and Dual Language Supports for Early Chidlhood

For any one interested in resources on diversity and dual language learners please visit the the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness. This center provides the Head Start community with research-based information, practices, and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families.
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