• waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    This important work, both for closing the gap in parents’ awareness of the consequences of testing policy, and for raising parent voice in this key educational issue. It will be interesting to see how high-stakes testing plays out now that ESSA is superseding NCLB.

  • Introduction
    Virginia Commonwealth University’s Quest for Distinction  mission statements asserts the university’s commitments to “addressing disparities wherever they exist,” and to forging universi […]

  • Introduction

    Virginia Commonwealth University’s Quest for Distinction  mission statements asserts the university’s commitments to “addressing disparities wherever they exist,” and to forging un […]

    • If this is going to be your dissertation or an actual project, this concept paper is such a great start! I enjoyed reading all your posts during the course . All the best!

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Jamie, Thanks, as always, for your comments and insight.
    I’m not sure what I think the district should do in terms of providing time for PD. It seems like in the past, PLCs and 1/2 day PD time has often ended up being used for maintenance and catching up. I’m thinking sheltered and supported time for teachers who sign on would allow space…[Read more]

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Jamie, Yes, great suggestion. He could be a great advocate or bridge to the community and to the school district.

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks, Divya. I will think more about Q3.

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Divya, You have reflected on each of Sherraden’s criteria to make a comprehensive, convincing evaluation of your project and questions. In general, I’m finding the community engagement piece in CEnR hard to pin down in the proposal phase–it seems like it may not emerge until you are in the field and working with your community collaborators.…[Read more]

    • You said it beautifully- .. to allow engagement to happen as it will. There is only so much you can anticipate before actually embarking on a project. I have a tough time articulating specifics for the proposal; it has been a helpful exercise though to think about strategies that have worked me in the past or based on the readings that I could use…[Read more]

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Jamie,
    Your presentation here is beautiful!
    It looks like your project meets the all criteria set forth by Sherraden and others. It’s interesting to read your reflection on alignment with CEnR. Power sharing is so much more of a consideration than in more traditional research paradigms. You can report your findings to the IB organization,…[Read more]

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Tessa, I’ve tried changing the settings. Please let me know if it still won’t open.

  • Teacher Action Research project dissemination, Virginia ESOL Supervisors Association Conference, January 28, 2016.
    Brief Overview of Project
    The SLIFE Project proposes to organize a Professional Learning Committee […]

  • Brief Overview of Project

    The SLIFE Project proposes to organize a Professional Learning Committee (PLC) of secondary ESOL teachers within the school district to meet monthly or bimonthly for self-directed […]

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I like how you included the use of local conferences / workshops as a mode of disseminating information. After reading your post I started to consider the worthiness of presenting the PD findings at one of the Regional IB conferences.

      While I work in CCPS, I am not always up to date with the new hires and I was pleased to learn about the new ESOL parent liaison, which I think is an important individual to have on your CEnR project.

      Do you think the district could do more in terms of providing time during the 1/2 days when teachers are to engage in PD? Should the county set aside at least one day each semester for the SLIFE work?

      Looking forward to seeing your project progress!
      Jamie

    • Hi Jamie, Thanks, as always, for your comments and insight.
      I’m not sure what I think the district should do in terms of providing time for PD. It seems like in the past, PLCs and 1/2 day PD time has often ended up being used for maintenance and catching up. I’m thinking sheltered and supported time for teachers who sign on would allow space for teacher-led innovation. I’m not sure across-the-board PD mandates lead to that, and there doesn’t seem to be anybody around who has the answers on SLIFE. They remain to be discovered.

  • Travis Ellison. Photos: Meadowbrook High School Graduation 2016. Richmond Times-Dispatch.
    This is what success looks like.  The student in the photo was a beginning ESOL student when he entered U.S. schools in […]

  • This is what success looks like.  The student in the photo was a beginning ESOL student when he entered U.S. schools in the 7th grade. He  received language support appropriate to his needs until he didn’t ne […]

    • Thanks for sharing such a wonderful success story!

      Do you think this young man could serve as the “poster student” for what ESOL students can achieve when given the support? Could he be an integral part of your SLIFE CEnR? I was thinking he may be a good advocate for reaching community members or reminding the county that all students can succeed when given the resources and support!

      Jamie

    • Hi Jamie, Yes, great suggestion. He could be a great advocate or bridge to the community and to the school district.

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    Research Questions
    The SLIFE Project proposes the following research questions:

    How many CCPS secondary ELs are Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)? In which schools are they […]

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    Research Questions

    The SLIFE Project proposes the following research questions:

    How many CCPS secondary ELs are Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)? In which schools are […]

    • Clear and to the point. I agree with the review of the proposal on all aspects of the 11 criteria. Your recommendations for revisions are reasonable. I think condensing 1 and 2 is a good idea, but I like Q3- it covers an important aspect of the project that is the SLIFE’s views. I do think a question for the univ researcher will be a good addition as long as it still meets the main objective of the PAR. 🙂 Good luck on the concept paper. Look forward to reading it.

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Jamie,
    Fortunately, the data I requested from the ESOL department (not R & E) came through at the last minute, and I was able to use it here. Thank you for your offer of support and help. Sometime soon when things quiet down, I will ask you if you have time to help me understand your department and its procedures.

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks for the tip!

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Divya,
    I have no experience seeking research approval, and would ask the experts before proceeding. Thank you for your advice, and for sharing the link to VCU IRB.

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Jamie,
    I am grateful for your offer of assistance with the process of research approval. I am brand-new to this and know almost nothing about what’s involved. At this point my two summer courses are keeping very busy, but I’ll be in touch soon.
    Thanks,
    Carolyn

  • waterscn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Divya,

    Thinking back to when I was a busy parent of school-aged children, I’m not sure I would have responded to an invitation to contact a researcher via phone or reached out by email unless I was really passionate (or upset) about the topic. I wonder if this method of recruiting parents will get you the diverse sample you have mentioned…[Read more]

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