July 5, 2013

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2012-240: Newsletter

Please be advised that the Train the Trainer Workshop listed below for the Joliet location has reached capacity.  Email Sonia Serrano at sserrano@isbe.net and William Garcia at wgarcia@isbe.net to register for the Springfield site.  Space is limited.  Interested individuals will be registered on a first-come first-serve basis.

This newsletter will focus on professional development and comprehensive planning essential elements.


Train the Trainer (TOT) Workshops on the Illinois English Language Development Standards Framework

Districts are invited to the Train the Trainer workshops on the English Language Development (ELD) Standards that World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium is providing in Illinois at ISBE’s request. There are no registration or participation fees for IL districts.

These are three-day interactive workshops that are student-centered and teacher-focused. These workshops will engage participants in a variety of facilitation techniques for the purpose of understanding academic language development for ELs. These workshops have been designed for educators who have a strong foundation in second language acquisition and some understanding of the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework. While acquiring facilitation techniques, participants will deepen their understanding of the Framework.

Participants must have an ESL and/or Bilingual Education endorsement and experience working with ELs and the district can send one representative or a team of two.

Detailed information about workshop times and locations are listed below.   Email Sonia Serrano at sserrano@isbe.net and William Garcia at wgarcia@isbe.net to register for the Springfield site. Space is limited.  Interested individuals will be registered on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more details about this workshop see http://www.wida.us/ProfessionalDev/workshops/Standards/TrainingOfTrainers.aspx
For more information about WIDA see http://www.wida.us/aboutUs/mission.aspx .

July 15-17, 2013:  Springfield Hilton, 700 E Adams, Springfield, IL 62777 [8:30-4:00 pm]
                               (Registration deadline: July 5, 2013)

July 29-31, 2013: Joliet Regional Office of Education (ROE), 2705 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL 60436, [8:30 am-4:00 pm]
                              (Registration is now closed)

Webinar:  Title III Program Budgeting and Planning for the LIPLEPS and Immigrant Education Programs

The Division of English Language Learning will review the conditions for the use of federal Title III funds as well as the required components of the Language Instruction Program for Limited English Proficient Students (LIPLEPS) and the Immigrant Education Program (IEP).  All district Title III program directors and any other interested parties are invited to participate.  Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar

ISBE DELL Annual Fall Program Directors’ Meeting:  Date Saver Reminder

Please save September 25-26, 2013 for the Annual Fall Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting in Lisle, Illinois.  Additional information will be forthcoming.  Hotel registration will open beginning September 1, 2013.

The 2013 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference

Registration is open for the 2013 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference which will be held on October 10-11, 2013 in Chicago at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart.

Thank you to those colleagues who submitted proposals for workshops at the conference.  

The registration packet is posted on the conference website at http://www.thecenterweb.org/ alrc/refugee.html .  Online registration by credit card will also be available starting July 8, 2013 and can be accessed from the above website.  Please contact Lynn Osheff at losheff@cntrmail.org if you have any questions.


Local Directors of Title III Programs: Request for Information

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has re-opened the request for information (RFI) on Native American English learners in order to give interested parties additional time to submit written responses.  The purpose of the RFI is to gather information pertaining to the identification and placement of Native American students who are English learners(ELs) in language instruction educational programs.  ED developed this RFI to help State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, tribes, and other interested entities identify, share, and implement practices for accurately identifying Native American students who are English learners.  All of the responses will be available to the public. 

Local directors can access the document at the following link:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/07/03/2013-16026/request-for-information-rfi-to-gather-technical-expertise-pertaining-to-the-identification-and?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov .

Please note that interested parties should submit their comments on or before August 2, 2013 through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via U.S. mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery.  The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will not accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after the comment period.