by Cait Ferguson
Integrating technology tools for classroom projects is a great way to provide students the opportunity to show their learning in a novel way.
Five types of projects are outlined below. Each project type has two recommended resources to get you started!
Create an infographic
MAKE A VIDEO
WRITE A BOOK
RECORD A PODCAST
ANIMATE YOUR PROJECT
Do you have a tech tool that you use with students? Share it in the comments below!
Following our 2015 Self-Study WASC visit, Five Keys was awarded a 6-year accreditation status -- the highest status a school can receive. A requirement of this status is to submit a Third Year Progress Report.
This report contains the following:
View student achievement data such as TABE gains, graduation rates, and HSE completions, read about how far we've come since 2015, and familiarize yourself with our updated SLOs (Student Learner Outcomes) and Action Plan!
CLICK BELOW TO VIEW!
by Cait Ferguson
A recent memo from the California Department of Education announced three new online databases available through the California State Library. According to the memo, "this service provides a massive digital library of books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos, and more--all aligned with the curriculum that California has created for its schools." These databases are currently on preview and will open formally in August for the 2018-19 school year. If you would like to read the full memo, including access codes to preview the databases, please click the button for more.
For more information on the three databases, including links and highlights, click through the tabs below.
According to their website, ProQuest is "committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world. Its innovative information content and technologies increase the productivity of students, scholars, professionals and the libraries that serve them. Through partnerships with content holders, ProQuest preserves rich, vast and varied information."
To access a trial account, visit this link.
According to their website, teachingbooks.net has a "mission...to equitably give all readers insights and opportunities that deepen their understanding and joy of the books they are reading."
You can start using the resources by entering your work email address here.
How can you incorporate these resources into your classroom? Here are a few ideas!
These resources can act as a great introduction to some of the core aspects of digital literacy.
Use the databases to practice with:
Research projects are a natural extension of a well stocked informational database. Students can pull up sources from many different authors to collect academic insights for their research.
If you are looking for research project ideas, visit "717 Good Research Paper Topics" here.
Debates, whether live in class or argued through a written paper, are a great way for students to conduct research and write a persuasive argument. Research databases can provide multiple different sides of an issue for a student to consider.
If you are looking for debate ideas, click here.
Want to share your ideas for using these resources in your classroom? Comment below!
What is the ELPAC?
If you know what the CELDT is, then you should get to know the ELPAC… because ELPAC is the new CELDT! The California Department of Education (CDE) requires schools to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to newly enrolled students under the age of 21 whose primary language is not English. Thereafter, schools must administer the ELPAC annually to students classified as English Learners (ELs) who are under the age of 21 until these students are Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP).
With the induction of the Common Core and English Language Development (ELD) Standards, it was only a matter of time before CELDT (California English Language Development Test) became relatively obsolete in regards to what is happening in our classrooms. The new English Language Proficiency exam, the ELPAC, replaced the CELDT this Spring 2018.
Comparison of CELDT & ELPAC
The ELPAC consists of 4 domain sections:
How Do Scores Impact Our Students and School?
Impact on Students: The performance level score determines if a student will need to receive English learner accommodations and strategies incorporated into their high school curriculum. Students will need to test annually until they have met a well-developed performance level.
Impact on School: Five Keys Schools and Programs is required by the CDE to test for English Language Proficiency. The amount of English Learners and their growth are reported annually to our California State Dashboard, the state’s accountability system.
What is the difference between an English Learner (EL) student and English Second Language (ESL) student?
The major difference is that ESL students may have already graduated with a high school diploma in their home country. English Learners are placed into High school classes with the support of EL strategies.
Step 1: Students fill out the Home Language Survey included in the enrollment form. Please make sure students fill out all required answers. (Teacher responsibility)
Step 2: OASIS and CALPADS reports are run on a weekly basis. These reports contain the number of students that need the ELPAC based on their language survey and previous records. (ELPAC team responsibility)
Step 3: An ELPAC proctor will email the teacher to arrange a date for scheduling. (ELPAC proctor responsibility)
Deadlines for Testing
Step 4: Prep the student (teacher responsibility)
Step 5: Testing Day
Step 6: Results
What acronyms can be found in the Language Status?
Any additional questions can be asked of the ELPAC team: ELPAC@fivekeyscharter.org.
Testing has officially begun!
Southern California kicked off the testing season with a Prep Rally for all staff involved with testing, and Northern California continued the momentum by opened the testing window with schoolwide Prep Rallies for students!
By Cait Ferguson
Online resources are now invaluable in education. From lesson plans to instructional strategies, teachers find inspiration and assistance from the many classroom resources and educational platforms available. So, how do we find the right resources that will work for our Five Keys classrooms and students? Searching through the google results to find the gems can be time consuming and hit or miss, so we have done some searching for you!
We have compiled a "Technology Resources List", with recommended resources sorted by the content or task they address. The list includes a brief description and a link for each resource, as well as an "internet friendly" and "no access friendly" recommendation. This recommendation is designed so in custody and community site teachers can quickly identify resources that will work with limited access. These recommendations also usually include whether the resource can be easily printed, and if the resource is intended for teacher use, student use, or both.
Ten of the resources from the list are provided below. Expand each of the tabs to find the recommendation that may just work for you!
GENERAL CURRICULUM RESOURCES
Find it here: https://teachersfirst.com/matrix.cfm
According to Teachers First, the website provides "a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format."
Resources cover most disciplines, and the search function makes it easy to find specific topics in your desired TABE range.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES
Find it here: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/
Resources for all grade levels and a wide range of writing tasks, including a library of "printouts" with graphic organizers . You can search for resources by type, or by theme or learning objective to find materials that will work for your classroom.
Stanford History Education Group (SHEG)!
Find it here: https://sheg.stanford.edu/
Document based lessons in world history and U.S. history. Both student and teacher versions easily available for download.
Speak Truth to Power!
Find it here: http://blogs.nysut.org/sttp/curriculum/
This curriculum includes specific stories about social activists, called “defenders”, also has lesson plans and recommendations for additional resources.
Find it here: https://www.ck12.org/teacher/
According to the site, good to “create digital classrooms, customize textbooks, and learn K-12 STEM concepts.” CK-12 covers many content areas, and adapts readings to different lexile levels.
English Language Development
Find it here: https://americanenglish.state.gov/
According to the site, "The American English website provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), exploring American culture, and encouraging conversation within the global EFL community."
Find it here: https://smarthistory.org/
Smarthistory is a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage. Collection of videos and essays are designed to be engaging and conversational and cover art that ranges from the Paleolithic to the present.
Find it here: https://www.teachervision.com/teaching-strategies/special-needs
In their own words, “information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps. We'll help you figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and provide you with other useful tips.”
The "Technology Resources List" will be updated periodically. If you would like to suggest a resource to add to the list, please comment below or fill out the google form here.
By Helena Li
The CAASPP state test that our 11th and 12th grade students are taking is much more technologically-advanced than the traditional multiple-choice test that we are used to. This test has a much greater variety of questions that require digital literacy in order to complete tasks such as short answer, drag and drop, completing a table, drawing a graph, and more.
Types of Questions
Tools on the test
Line Reader tool
Mark for Review Tool
By Helena Li
ISP: Small Group Instruction courses now automatically import into WPRs
When ISP teachers hold small group classes now, principals will be able to create a course for it so that you can enter attendance and grades just like a site-based class and import into WPRs.
Why this matters:
Previously, any small group instruction grades and attendance would have to be entered separately into WPRs, which took much longer than if you could just import them. You are now free to hold SGI classes with minimal paperwork!
What does it look like?
Deficient credits total now shows on transcript
On the Required Units table, the total number of deficient credits now shows on the bottom right. Though the total will be correct 99% of the time, please pay attention to how the RJ credits are fulfilled. Most students fulfill it within Advanced English, but a few students may come to us with Advanced English done, in which case they may need additional RJ credits that the total doesn’t account for. RJ credits could also be fulfilled through 5 Keys Electives, Voc. Electives, or General English. Depending on how you have the student fulfill the RJ requirement, you may need to add additional units to the total number.
Why this matters:
Previously, teachers had to manually add up the deficient credits from the different areas to get the total credits needed. This is an oft-used number, so it saves a lot of time for teachers/students and you only need to double check the RJ part.
What does it look like?
Transcript tables are now labeled with year or type
On the Required Units table, the top of the chart will say the name of that transcript table (ex: 2016, 2012, AGR).
Why this matters:
This label will quickly tell us if the transcript table needs to be updated to the current 2016 graduation table that all students should be on (exceptions include students with reduced credits or students who had been continuously enrolled since a previous graduation table and are grandfathered). Any new or returning students should be on the 2016 table, or else their graduation credits may not be accurate. If you see that a returning student is not on this table, email Ruby (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get it updated.
What does it look like?
Tired of digging through your inbox, looking for that one email about that one policy change from who-knows-when? Now all TABE, CASAS, SBAC, and other assessment updates can be found in one place!
Assessment & Technology Team