Academic Year 2006 - 2007 Team Report

Delaware Team Report

 

Team Members:

Jean Ann and Bruce Peng (Shirley Wells for Fall 05), Stephen Hart, Patricia Urban, David Pickard, Terry Nolan, Terri Muraco, Minerva Acosta, Carol Johnston

Team Name (e.g. Delaware Elementary): The Delaware             Team                            

Write the number of Teacher participants for each period.

Academic Year

Summer Institute

7 teachers

2 profs F 05

(Wells and Peng)

2 profs S 06

(Ann and Peng)

(3 profs total)

3 profs

Team Location and Focus (e.g. Delaware—ESL literacy)

Location: Delaware Academy, Syracuse NY

Focus: Support the literacy development of ESL students (with the hope of expanding to all students)

Support the development of Oswego preservice teachers who do field experiences at Delaware

Support the professional development of Delaware teachers

Data analyzed on teacher learning and results (e.g. Faculty surveys, teachers reflective journals)

We collected the following data. We did not have time to analyze it during the year and we didn’t look at it in the Summer Institute because we had no teachers with us.

1. Teacher impressions of the College Experience

Data analyzed on student learning and results: (e.g. annual literacy assessments/NYS report card disaggregated data for 4th grade ELA, analysis of rubric scores on students writing samples each quarter for students in v.s. not in the program):

1). Actual letters written by Delaware children to SUNY Oswego pre-service teachers were analyzed by teachers who found that overall, most of the Delaware children made fewer mistakes the more writing they did with the pre-service teachers. We are still working with the teachers on presenting this data in a way that would be interpretable to other people.

2). Questionnaires which were filled out by:

Delaware students’ impressions of the College Experience

SUNY Oswego pre-service teachers’ impressions of the College Experience

Parents’ (of Delaware students) impressions of the College Experience

SUNY Oswego pre-service teachers’ impressions of their Field Placement Experience

Action Plan for 2005-6 (list objectives, activities, people responsible, month by month for the academic year. E.g. September— Peng will recruit teachers for ESL study group to focus on analyzing various models of ESL instruction, October-teacher team members  recruit/select students to participate in the College Experience and pair with Candidate writing partners—pre-assess students’ writing samples…)

Our central goal is to coordinate with Delaware teachers, students, parents, Oswego preservice teachers, and Oswego professors to continue and expand: 

(a).  the Delaware/Oswego College Experience specifically, we want to    include more students and parents.

(b).  the field experience for Oswego preservice teachers at Delaware

Specifically, we want to secure more field placements and orient preservice teachers in ways that are maximally helpful to Delaware teachers.

Although last year, some teachers got a good start doing this, this year, we plan to focus on all the teachers learning how to get and interpret data and to make decisions based on data. We plan to de-emphasize conference-attending, because at the moment, we cannot offer funding for the teachers and because we want to get a handle on data so we have something to share at conferences.

To this end we will follow these steps during Fall and Spring 2006-2007 as usual:

a). Continue to find grants to apply for.

b). Continue to try to get Delaware teachers paid by the Syracuse City School District.

c). Continue to figure out ways to get more parents to participate, and to reach parents in general.

d). Continue to collect data on the fall College Experience.

e). Learn to analyze data in group meetings.

f). Teachers to collaborate and write/revise a document explaining to the SUNY Oswego pre-service teachers how to write letters to Delaware children.

From this point on, what follows is the stuff we do every year. I’ve cut and pasted our 2005 Final Report and removed things that we won’t do.

August 2006

◘ Principal Amy Evans and the team meet to choose one day for the Fall (to be selected from possible November 06 dates) and Spring College Experience (to be selected from possible April 07 dates).

◘ Plan for the effort to have the Delaware teachers paid by SCSD.

◘ Delaware students to participate in the College Experience chosen.

September 2006

◘ All team members meet to divide into teams and discuss and plan for the year’s goals (grantwriting, Fall 05 and Spring 06 College Experiences (CE), Fall 05 and Spring 06 Field Placement Orientations (FPO), examination of effective ESL models and related travel).

      ◘ CE subteam meets to discuss plans for the Fall 06 College Experience:

Carol                                   secure funding for and reserving buses

Delaware CE  subteam      secure permission slips and otherdocumentation for Delaware students

Both subteams                   figure out ways to increase parent involvement

Both subteams                   figure out ways to develop curriculum related to    

                                            the College Experience

Both subteams                   figure out how to increase letter writing activity   (more and better)

                                          letters from both the Delaware students and the Oswego preservice teachers

CE subteam                      Develop preliminary rubric for analysis of letters

CE subteam                      Plan the CE day

Both subteams                  Develop a way to get information about the effectiveness of the

                                         College Experience from the Delaware students and the preservice teachers

◘ FPO subteam (Bruce and teachers) meets to discuss the implementation of the Orientation such as administering questionnaires to inservice and preservice teachers

◘ FPO subteam continues work on grantwriting

◘ Both subteams to discuss how to help the Delaware kids understand what they have to do when they write to a preservice teacher

      ◘ Both subteams to consider professional development ideas such as SFA reading specialists to be hired to come to Delaware and teach the teahcers how to teach certain aspects of reading in which there have been changes.

October 2006

      ◘ Both subteams run a planned Parent Activity with the parents of the kids participating in the College Experience program

◘ Both subteams meet separately or together to discuss plans and make adjustments for individual projects as necessary

◘ Both subteams to examine the letters written so far against the rubric and adjust rubric as necessary

◘ FPO subteam to implement Field Placement Orientation

◘ FPO subteam to continue work on grant proposals

November 2006

◘ CE subteam to implement College Experience and gather information on its effectiveness from Delaware students and Oswego preservice teachers

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary

◘ FPO subteam to continue work on grant proposals

December 2006

◘ CE subteam to examine information gathered from Delaware students and preservice teachers about effectiveness of College Experience,

◘ Both subteams to examine the letters written so far against the rubric and adjust rubric as necessary

◘ FPO subteam to examine information gathered from Oswego preservice teachers and about Field Placement Orientation from Oswego preservice teachers and Delaware teachers

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary

◘ FPO subteam to gather comments on draft NEA grant proposal and make revisions

January 2007

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary including adjustments.

◘ FPO subteam (Bruce and teachers) meets to discuss the implementation of the Orientation such as administering questionnaires to inservice and preservice teachers

◘ Both subteams to discuss ESL models in consultation with Principal Amy Evans and consider ways in which function as leaders in the school around issues of social justice and equity (?) (if this item is still important to Principal Amy Evans)

◘ FPO subteam to continue to work on grant proposal

◘ Both subteams make plans how to help the Delaware kids understand what they have to do when they write to a preservice teacher

◘ Both subteams to consider most effective ESL models and plan a Spring 06 visit to schools which have these models.

February 2007

◘ Both subteams discuss and plan for the semester’s goals (grantwriting, abstract writing for conference attendance, Spring 06 CE, Spring 06 FPO, writing the documentation for Delaware becoming a PDS with SUNY Oswego, examination of effective ESL models and related travel)

◘ CE subteam (Jean and teachers) meet to plan for the Spring 06 College Experience

Carol                                  secure funding for and reserving buses

Delaware CE  subteam      secure permission slips and other documentation for Delaware Students

Both subteams                   figure out ways to increase parent involvement

Both subteams                   figure out ways to develop curriculum related to the College Experience

Both subteams                   figure out how to increase letter writing activity (more and better letters from both the Delaware students and the Oswego preservice teachers)

CE subteam                      Develop preliminary rubric for analysis of letters

CE subteam                      Plan the CE day

Both subteams                  Develop a way to get information about the effectiveness of the College Experience from the Delaware students and the preservice Teachers

      ◘ FPO subteam to implement Field Placement Orientation

      ◘ Both subteams to discuss ESL models in consultation with Principal Amy Evans and consider ways in which to function as leaders in the school around issues of social justice and equity

March 2007

◘ Both subteams run a planned Parent Activity with the parents of the kids participating in the College Experience program

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary

◘ Both subteams to examine the letters against the rubric and adjust rubric as necessary, as well as adjust plans for the College Experience

◘ Both subteams to discuss ESL models in consultation with Principal Amy Evans and consider ways in which function as leaders in the school around issues of social justice and equity

◘ Both subteams to continue drafting AERA 2007 abstract (due August 1 2006) to share results of  our more rigorous assessment of Delaware student outcomes

April 2007

◘ CE subteam to implement College Experience and gather information from Delaware students and Oswego preservice teachers

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary

◘ Both subteams to discuss ESL models in consultation with Principal Amy Evans and consider ways in which function as leaders in the school around issues of social justice and equity

May 2007

◘ CE subteam to examine information gathered from Delaware students and preservice teachers about College Experience, adjust rubric as necessary

◘ FPO subteam to examine information gathered from Oswego preservice teachers and about Field Placement Orientation from Oswego preservice teachers and Delaware teachers

◘ Both subteams meet and discuss plans for individual projects as necessary

◘ Both subteams to discuss ESL models in consultation with Principal Amy Evans and considerways in which function as leaders in the school around issues of social justice and equity

Summer Institute 2007

We do not know about participation of the teachers because they are always unavailable during the week of Project Smart due to their summer jobs at the Refugee Center in Syracuse teaching ESL.  Therefore it’s hard to predict what we can work on.

Please address how your project meets the attached standards that are marked with an *. (Beyerbach and Burrell will meet with each team to discuss how you can do this).

Standard 4

  • The school is 91% free and reduced lunch and since the school is part of one of the Big five Cities, it meets the requirements for High Needs

Standard 4.1

  • The Delaware team meets at least 40 hours per semester in order to develop and implement our plans and reflect upon them and adjust as necessary for future

4.2

  • We will implement, this year, a questionnaire to find out more about what they are learning. This has been done anecdotally in the past.

4.3

  •  Our participants are very enthusiastic about GESA and other things we learn from doing activities with the kids.  This is true for the ESL teachers especially.

5.1

  • After school hours we met with our team at the school

5.2

  • The newest teacher of the group, learned techniques from the ESL teachers in order to convert her Foreign Language teaching skills to an ESL environment.

5.3

  • We have instituted a field experience where the in-service teachers take a serious obligation to orient the Oswego pre-service teachers to the school. This is an important initiative.

5.4

  • Two faculty members from SUNY Oswego visit and interact with the teachers and students at least ½ day per week.

5.5

  • Delaware staff construct the shape of the field experience for the Oswego pre-service teachers.

6.1

  • We plan activities for the students (pre-service teachers and Delaware students) and try to keep track of whether those activities made a difference. The data is anecdotal, but we will begin to assess this data more formally.
  • A rubric will be used to analyze the letter created by the students (pre-service and Delaware)
  • We will make an attempt understand the data that we have easy access to, such as data from standardized tests.

7.1

  • The college faculty have written papers published in education and Linguistic venues discussing our projects and their relevance to the academic literature.

9.1

  • We are moving towards a model in which an entire grade of students, including monolingual, ESL, and special needs children attend the college experience.  We are coming from a model where the selection process was done in an intuitive manner by teachers.

Revised June 20, 2006