July 23, 2014

DELL e-Broadcast Newsletter 2014.263 - Critical Reminders for Staying Connected

Summer seems to bring bright sun and concurrent preparation for the upcoming fall. In this spirit, our newsletter will hope to bring you bright reminders as we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. Below you will find familiar reminders from our July 10, 2014 newsletter and a new link to our 2014-2015 Key Dates.

If you are a new subscriber to our DELL 15 listserv take a minute to tell us about the kind of information you need related to English learners. If you know someone that may not have received this newsletter but would like to stay connected, contact us at 312-814-3850.

Comprehensive Planning

The Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report (PDR) for the 2013-2014 school year was due on June 30, 2014. This report was required for all districts that received TBE/TPI funding in the 2013-2014 school year. Districts that did not submit the report on IWAS by the original submission due date must submit their report as soon as possible or no later than July 31, 2014. The system will close at 11:59 PM on July 31, 2014.

Please refer to the PDR User Guide on IWAS to complete your submission.

For technical assistance on how to use IWAS, please contact the Help Desk at (217) 558-3600. For assistance in responding to the questions in the PDR, please contact Dr. Seon Eun in the Division of English Language Learning at (312) 814-3850.

Key Dates

If you are an administrator serving English learners, you will want to check out our Key Dates for the 2014-2015 school year.  This critical link includes great informational strands on professional development, fiscal and report deadlines, and ACCESS for ELLs assessment dates.  “But wait,... there is more”!

See http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/key-dates.pdf to download this important roadmap.

FY14 Amendment Deadline Reminder

FY14 e-GMS budget amendments for NCLB Title III LIPLEPS programs must be submitted no later than Thursday, July 31, 2014. Please contact our division at 312-814-3850 if you have any questions.

Professional Development

Division of English Language Learning: New Directors’ Leadership Institute

DELL is pleased to announce that our annual Leadership Institute for new EL Program Directors will be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 4 & 5, 2014 in Springfield, IL.  The following is a tentative schedule for the Institute:

Monday, August 4:
English Language Development (ELD) Standards in Action: Differentiation Workshop provided by WIDA: English language learners need instruction that is differentiated for their diverse proficiency levels. Participants will collaborate on how to customize instruction for ELs utilizing WIDA tools while taking academic language into consideration. This workshop is appropriate for those directors who are familiar with WIDA Standards.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Tuesday, August 5:
DELL will offer a series of presentations and workshops geared to support English Learner Program (EL) Directors and Administrators who are new to their positions or the field of English learners, or have been working with the EL program in the district for a shorter period of time. These presentations will cover aspects of our state rules and requirements, federal legislation, and day-to-day practice with the state.

DELL has received very positive feedback from previous participants about this Institute and how it has been helpful for them in gaining an overview of rules and requirements, administrative procedures related to the EL program, as well as a program models and other considerations related to working with English Learners.

Space is limited and funds may be available for travel and lodging per Illinois Travel Regulations on a first come first served basis. To register for this Institute, please contact Sonia Serrano (sserrano@isbe.net) before July 31st. Make sure you include your full name, your district affiliation, your position, and your contact information. After receiving your information, Sonia will confirm your registration details.

Should you have any questions about the Institute, please contact Anna Szuber (aszuber@isbe.net) or Tina Paduck (tpaduck@isbe.net).

Annual Fall Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting-Date Saver Reminder

Our Annual Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting will be held September 10-11, 2014 in Lisle, IL.  Please save this date.  Additional details will be published as they become available.