|Dear OASCD Members,|
Across the country and throughout the world, the issues facing the opportunity for all children to have access to a quality education are immense. Here in Oregon, we grapple on a daily basis with what it will really take to ensure all students receive a high quality education.
Oregon ASCD, an affiliate of the International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is committed to "Empowering those committed to enhancing education."
Our intent is to provide this website to members and non-members as a place to connect with efforts aimed at ensuring that when young people graduate from high school, they are not only knowledgeable but also emotionally and physically healthy, civically engaged, responsible, and caring.
As a member of Oregon ASCD you will receive:
- Reduced registration fees to regional and state conferences/institutes
- Opportunities to network with the best and most passionate educators in the state
- Opportunities to volunteer in activities that really make a difference
- Publications such as our e-newsletter and white paper on testing and assessment in Oregon
In 2009-2010, you will become a part of the 800+ member team of professionals in Oregon. Belonging to Oregon ASCD during these times of challenge and transformation of our educational system provides you opportunities to help make a positive difference for students in the state of Oregon. This year we look forward to:
- Continuing our tradition of sponsoring two conferences for pre-service teachers February 12 at Western Oregon University and February 19 at Marylhurst University. Click on link for details and registration information www.oregon-ascd.org
- Co-sponsoring a Curriculum Mapping conference based on Heidi Jacobs' and Ann Johnson's new ASCD book, "The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools and Resources" Coming in the fall of 2010.
- Expanding our use of technology to bring information and opportunities for ongoing dialogue to our many members through the use of the ASCD and OASCD Ning.
- Deepening our understanding of "The Whole Child Initiative" through the resources provided by ASCD in preparation for a fall conference on The Whole Child.
- Supporting our first student chapter at Marylhurst University and working to add more chapters in the future
- Creating stronger partnerships with others who are committed to a strong educational system in Oregon
If you aren't already a member, please consider joining by accessing the link provided under Sign Up/Renew. Oregon ASCD is providing leadership and support to those involved throughout Oregon. The membership year is twelve months beginning with the date the membership fee is received. It is possible to coordinate ASCD and Oregon ASCD memberships by completing a joint dues form and joining both organizations simultaneously but that has to be completed through the ASCD website (click here).
We look forward to welcoming you to our ranks and working with you to improve education in Oregon!
Oregon ASCD President
From the Field
Sheltered Instruction: It's MORE Than Good Teaching
By Karie Mize, Ed.D.; Western Oregon University
Sheltered instruction is an umbrella term for culturally and linguistically responsive ways to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). You are probably already doing a lot of things in your classroom to scaffold content instruction in ways that help ELLs. What makes sheltered strategies especially effective is when teachers plan their lesson and purposefully select strategies with the instructional needs of English Language Learners in mind. It is not a random choice of activities, but rather the thoughtful inclusion of sheltered strategies in each phase of a lesson.
Two sheltered approaches that are common in Oregon are GLAD and SIOP. GLAD stands for Guided Language Acquisition Design and is typically geared for elementary students. SIOP, or Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, is especially effective with middle and secondary ELLs. These approaches are a way of operationalizing or putting into practice the types of sheltered teaching and learning strategies that are important for English Language Learners. Many practicing teachers find it really helpful to be trained in a sheltered approach like GLAD or SIOP to help them structure their lessons.
Teachers can also design their own effective lessons when they understand why sheltered strategies benefit learners who have both content and language needs. For example, every approach to sheltered instruction stresses the use of visuals (graphic organizers, pictures, maps, videos, etc.) because having visual input is especially important for someone learning the graphophonic rules of a language. Using "wait time" is also considered a vital part of sheltered instruction. After asking a question, teachers can make sure there is a delay before calling on students so that ELLs have time to process the question and formulate an answer. Similarly, strategies based on the principles of cooperative learning are a focus of sheltered instruction because people acquiring a second or additional language need to have consistent opportunities to talk about meaningful subjects. Working in pairs or small groups increases the number of peer interactions, which fosters not only language acquisition but also content knowledge. Obtaining an ESOL endorsement gives teachers the foundational knowledge they need to understand how to shelter their instruction and why each strategy will benefit their English Language Learners. ESOL endorsed teachers have a vast array of sheltered strategies from which to choose.
Sheltered strategies will benefit not only your language learners, but also the other students in your class. "Wait time," for example, will help ensure that each of your students has the opportunity to think of a meaningful response. It is a "good" strategy for fluent English speakers, but it is much more for a language learner. It's essential! Without wait time, ELLs may not be able to actively participate in the lesson, which could lead to frustration and ultimately their disengagement from school. In this sense, sheltered instruction has many elements present in effective teaching for all students (Echevarria & Graves, 2007) but is vital for the academic success of English Language Learners.
Karie welcomes your questions or comments! email@example.com
Echevarria, J. & Graves, A. (2007). Sheltered content instruction: Teaching students with diverse abilities (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
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|Beginning Your Journey in Education
Pre-Service Teacher Conference
Western Oregon University, Feb. 12
Marylhurst, Feb. 19, 2010
ASCD National Conference
March 6-8, 2010
San Antonio, TX
Coming in FALL 2010!
Curriculum Mapping Conference:
Improving Student Performance Through Alignment and Collaboration
OASCD Student Chapter at WOU
Western Oregon University has had their application accepted to organize a student chapter of ASCD. This is great news for our preservice teachers and their school based and university mentors and supervisors.By meaningfully engaging student teachers with ASCD resources and involving them with members of the ASCD community, future educators and leaders gain an edge that energizes and raises their professional performance level.
|OASCD Board of Directors
Next Meeting: February 12, 2010 Cabinet:
Executive Director: Colin Cameron
Past President: Cate Hill
-Mark Girod: WOU Liaison/
-Dennis Hironaka: Eastern Director
-Scot Stockwell: Northwest Director
-Desiree Margo: Central Director
-Samantha Steele: Southern Director/Leadership Council/ LEAP Representative
-Aeylin Summers: Columbia Director
-Chris Gutierrez: PPS/OALA
Tom Ruhl: Student Chapter Advisor
-Nancy McCullum: Communications Director
-Harriett Jackson-Vimegnon: Urban Director
-Diane Hicks: South Valley Director
-Kathy Welling: ASCD Contact