ELL Professional Development and Technical Assistance
PSESD Multilingual Services Manager is available to partner with districts to provide professional learning, coaching and technical support. Support is customized to equip districts with identified needs aimed at impactful implementation of evidenced-based ELL practices.
Districts serve students and families from a wide range of cultures who speak many languages. While it provides an exciting multicultural environment, it can be challenging to deliver equitable services to all. Our interpreter services support your efforts through the creation of an effective, low-cost in-house interpreter program and customized training and technical support. There are two main components, interpreter program development and professional development. Interpreter Program Development Services include administrative consultation, technical assistance and ongoing support to establish your individualized in-house program:
- Establish policy and procedures to develop and manage an in-house interpreter program.
- Recruit and retain a qualified pool that reflects the your district’s community
- Create an effective and seamless centralized interpreter database.
- Assistance creating a billing and payroll infrastructure
Professional Development Interpreter Training (6-hours) Professional Development is provided for identified bilingual staff and /or community members on how to be professional, effective interpreters. Maximum class size 35 participants. Staff Professional Development District staff learn how to work with interpreters and develop cross-cultural relationships with students and families, work with professional interpreters to create a culturally responsive learning environment. Maximum class size 35 participants.
Puget Sound ELL Director’s Consortium This consortium consists of ELL Directors in the PSESD region and districts on the I5 corridor. The group meets four times a year to discuss grant implementation, problems of practice and share resources. To join this group in person or on the Wiggio platform please send your email to email@example.com with your request. ELL District Leads Network (ELL district level coaches, facilitators and or TOSAs) This group meets approximately five times per year. During the network meeting ELL District Leads have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers, discuss problems or practice, increase leadership skills and share resources to strengthen their districts ELL PD/coaching services. To join this group in person or on the Wiggio platform please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
ELL Program Reviews (District and School level)
The ELL Program Review Team collaborates with school districts to ensure improved educational results and outcomes for our ELL students. This process includes a review of both quantitative data and qualitative information provided by districts and a final report that include recommendations to ensure districts are equitably serving their ELL students.
ELL Paraeducator/Teacher Professional Development
Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development (3 hours) Learn the difference between social and academic language, the stages of language acquisition and strategies and techniques for facilitating the instruction of ELL students in the content areas. Washington English Language Proficiency Levels (3 hours) Gain knowledge of the English Language Proficiency Standards and English Language Proficiency Level and learn strategies for facilitating instruction of ELL student’s language development. ELL Instruction in the Content Areas (3 hours) Gain awareness of the different needs of ELL students, Learn about different supports ELL students require in various content areas and gain strategies for facilitating the instruction of ELLs with diverse language learning needs in a variety of settings.
Bilingual Instructional Assistants
The Bilingual Instructional Assistant (BIA) program supports Dual Language Learners (DLL) who are currently enrolled in Head Start (HS) and ECEAP classrooms. BIAs support DLL children in acquiring English language skills while also supporting the development of home language. Currently, PSESD provides BIA support in several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Somali, Dari, Farsi, Ukrainian, Tigrinya, Oromo, Punjabi, Burmese, Amharic and many more. Contact Juanita Salinas for information at email@example.com.
Bilingual Instructional Assistant Mentor Program
The BIA Mentor program supports our BIAs in developing their skills in working with children and developing their language skills. Mentors are former BIAs and provide feedback, technical expertise and wisdom that is drawn from their training and experience with DLLs. Contact Jesse Acosta for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customized ELL Professional Development
Multilingual Services provides professional development for teachers, paraeducators, site/center staff, etc. focused on the unique needs of ELL students and their families. Contact PSESD’s Multilingual Services Manager for a consultation at email@example.com.
Preschool GLAD® – Professional Development
Preschool GLAD® is a set of 19 strategies designed to support ELL students in building oral language skills in preschool, Kindergarten and first grade classrooms. The strategies allow children who are not proficient in English to gain access to the content that is being taught in English. PSESD can provide a full 5-day training or customize a training that meets the needs of your staff. Contact PSESD’s Multilingual Services Manager to schedule a training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSESD’s Early Learning program provides interpreters to Early Head Start, Head Start and ECEAP staff when working with diverse families that speak languages other than English. Interpreters are trained before they are added to the list and approved to work with families. For more information about attending training, becoming an interpreter, or gaining access to the interpreter list, contact PSESD’s Multilingual Services Manager at email@example.com.
Education Northwest ELL Parent Guide “The Parent Guide for English Learners” gives you basic information about various topics. It will help you talk with your child’s school, ask the right questions, and support your child on their journey as an English learner. English and Spanish versions are available.” Home Language Campaign The Home Language Campaign is a state-wide effort to promote the importance of developing the home language and the value of multilingualism. OSPI Resources Translated materials and information on accessing phone and translation services. WSSDA Language Access Plan Information about the WSSDA Language Access Policy. DREAMers Scholarships “At TheDream.US, we’re working to help over 4,000 highly motivated DREAMers graduate from college with career-ready degrees. DREAMers are immigrant youth who came to this country at a very young age without documentation.” RELNW Research and Presentations
About Northwest Immigration Rights Project (NWIRP) Conozca Sus Derechos DACA Community Advisory Post-Election Immigration for Families List of Resources for Immigration Information on avoiding Immigration Scams