Monday, April 10, 2017

April 1, 2017

Image Attributions: The Teacher Gene Blog

It's time for me to begin my end of year testing for incoming Kindergarten learners and ALL current ESL students. I will be stopping by during off times in my schedule to pull students out for assessment. If I come to pull them out and it is not a good time, just let me know and I will come back at another time to complete their testing. For most learners, this assessment takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Image Attributions: Mrs. Vivan Bennett

Several of you have asked about summer school opportunities for ESL learners this year. As of now, I have not received any "official" information, but if things stay the same as in past years, ESL summer school will be available to all incoming Kindergarteners who qualify and all current Kindergarten learners. The dates and information letter have not been finalized, but as soon as they are, I will get this information to you.

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

Electronic Red Folders:

Please remember to complete your electronic red folders. I sent emails with a link for each learner at the end of the first nine weeks, but if you cannot find it, here is the link for each campus. You will need to open a new form for each ELL in your classroom.

It is a requirement that these forms be submitted each nine weeks. If no accommodations have been needed for a learner, you will still complete the form, just choose 'NO' for each question.

If you have learners that you are concerned about and feel may move toward (or are already in) the RtI process, you will also need to upload documentation to support the accommodations you have used. This piece of the process is VERY important, especially for grade levels where testing accommodations may be needed later in the year.

  1. First, take a picture or scan the document to yourself from the large copy machine. If you have multiple documents, you can put them all in a Google folder and upload the entire folder. 
  2. Then, follow the link at the top of the form. It will take you to the area where you will upload your documentation.

      3. The link will open to a page that looks like this: 

        When this screen appears, please enter the following information in the 

Student Name Box = Last Name, First Name, Section, Teacher Last Name.

      4. Click the 'Choose File' button and locate the document or Google folder to upload. 

      5. Click 'Upload File' and the documents will be shared with me.

ELPS and SIOP Certificates:

Thank you for making sure you completed and printed your ELPS and SIOP certificates. I know this was not fun, but I promise they will be kept in a safe place.

Resources for Educators:

The ESL Facilitators have created a Trello board to house resources we have found beneficial for working with ELL's. The link below will take you to our new board.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016

Reporting ELPS on Report Cards:

As you are thinking about recording scores for ELPS on your learner report cards, consider the following:

1. Spring TELPAS scores for grades 1-5 (these can be found in AWARE or in the red ESL folders in
    the cumulative folder)

To locate in AWARE follow these steps:

  • Log into Eduphoria
  • Open AWARE
  • Choose an ESL student from your class list
  • Click on the Tests and Scores tab
  • Scroll down until you see TELPAS/RTPE Test

To locate in CUMULATIVE FOLDER follow these steps:

Grades K-1:

Grades 2-5:

  • Locate RED ESL folder inside of cumulative folder in the records room
  • Inside the red folder, there will be a TELPAS score report for Spring 2016 

To determine the current ELPS score for your learners:

  • Review the TELPAS/RTPE Test scores in AWARE
    • Beginner = 1, Intermediate = 2, Advanced = 3, Advanced High = 4
  • Consider any growth that may have occurred over the summer and during the beginning of the school year that you have seen.
  • Review TELPAS rater charts to decide appropriate scores
Grades K-1:

Grades 2-12:

If you still have questions or need my assistance, please let me know. I am happy to help!

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016


Great news! The district has purchased access to a wonderful research resource. To learn more about this resource, visit

Username:  coppell
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In 2004, CultureGrams product line was acquired by ProQuest LLC, a global leader in collecting, organizing, and distributing value-added information to researchers, faculty, and students in over 160 countries.

Today, educators, librarians, and administrators in tens of thousands of institutions worldwide rely on ProQuest to:

  • Provide comprehensive, easy-to-use educational resources to power learning and increase student achievement
  • Enhance curriculum with age-appropriate, high-quality digital content from primary and secondary sources spanning thousands of titles and multiple media types
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  • Inspire students to reach their fullest potential in the core curricula of Language Arts, Social Sciences, the Sciences, and Mathematics; and secondary curricula including the Arts, Multicultural Studies, and Technology and Vocational Education."

Imagine Learning:

Thank you to those who have been getting their ESL students on Imagine Learning. This program is an amazing resource that enables learners to practice language acquisition using both their native language and English. 

Current Changes:
  • I have set up teacher accounts for all classroom educators. The log in link, user name and password information are shown below. For your password, it is either your class section + your last name OR your class section + first name + last name (whichever is more than 8 characters). EX. k2krautkramer or k2roxannkrautkramer
  • Students can access Imagine Learning through the iPad App or on the computer at 

or through the iPad App

Username: District Email 
Password: Section + Last Name OR Section + First Name + Last Name

SITE CODE: 4815210

Must See Features:


  • Login to Your Teacher Account
  • Choose the Progress Button 
  • Select a learner from the drop down list
  • Look at learner progress and skills list

  • If you see areas marked with Intervene, click on the word. This will pull up a list of specific areas of intervention for the student.
  • Click on the picture of the tools under Intervention Tools. This will pull up a list of printable resources and video lessons for educators to use for small group instruction.

Teacher Resources and Activity Menu:

When you log in, you will be able to check learner progress, weekly usage and will gain access to the Teacher Resources and Activity Menu. These are resources that are great for all learners in your classroom. 

Changes coming in the near future:
  • Imagine Learning has requested all campuses use the same log-in/password format. As a result, all learners having access to the program will have log-in/password changes. Once again, I will email you new log-in cards once this change occurs. 
  • Only NES (Non-English Speakers) and B-LES (Limited English Speakers) will have access to the program. Due to a limited number of licenses, we have had to limit which learners have access. Basically, this means some of your higher level LES learners will no longer have access to the program. I will let you know once this change is in place and which learners have been impacted.

ELPS and SIOP Certificates:

Thank you to all who have submitted copies of your ELPS and SIOP certificates. I know this was "one extra thing" to do during an already busy time of the year. All staff members who work with ELL's are required to complete these trainings. If you are unsure if this would include you, please email and I will let you know for sure.

For those who had issues finding copies of their certificates, we were told at our ESL meeting that you will need to complete the courses online and obtain a certificate. Please see me if you need help accessing the courses through Region 10. If at all possible, please have these courses completed and certificates submitted by October 28th. 

Here are the links if you need to access either course. We have had some issues logging in through Safari, so you may want to try going through Google Chrome.

Region 10 ELPS Course
*You will need to log in to your Region 10 account to see the registration page.

ELL Teaching Tip of the Week:   Building Academic Vocabulary

    Two types of language acquisition introduced by Jim Cummins:
  • BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) - 
    • Social language skills
    • Daily language for social interactions
    • Commonly used at lunch, recess, parties, etc.
    • Easy to learn 
    • Usually takes six months to two years to develop
  • CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) -
    • Formal academic language
    • Listening, speaking, reading and writing about subject area content material
    • Needed to be successful in school
    • Time and support from educators is required 
    • Usually takes five to seven years to become proficient
    • Includes skills such as comparing, classifying, synthesizing, evaluating and inferring

Attributions to Michael Fisher,

Academic Vocabulary Word Lists by Grade Level and Subject:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016

Imagine Learning:

Last week I emailed each educator with NES or LES learners log in cards for use with the Imagine Learning program purchased by the district. This program teaches language and literacy skills using both English and the learner's native language. On Friday, I met with a representative from Imagine Learning and she showed me how to access learner data and extra teacher resources. However, before you can access this information yourself, I need to set up teacher accounts for each of you. I will send you more about this program next week, but for now, please encourage your ESL students to use Imagine Learning at least twice a week for 20 minutes per session. 

Learners can also access this program at home by downloading the app on an iPad. The first time they log in, they will need to enter the site code ...


ESL Accommodations Google Doc:

Educators with ESL students in their class may have noticed that you did not receive a red folder at the beginning of the year. That is because this year, we are using an online accommodation form to simplify this process. Just as in years past, the district expectation is that you fill out an accommodation form for each learner at the end of ever nine weeks. I will email the link to those of you who have ESL students, but I am including the links for each campus below in case you would like to see what they look like. Please note: you will need to complete a form for each ESL student in your class.

At the top of each form, you will find a link to upload work samples for use as documentation to show specific examples of things you have been doing with certain ESL students in your classrooms.

Just click the link and it will take you to a screen that looks like this ...

= Last Name, First Name, Section, Teacher Last Name

Be GLAD Strategies:

 Strategy #3: Cognitive Content Dictionary - Building Academic Vocabulary

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016

Welcome to the Connecting Cultures with KK blog site. I will be updating this blog regularly and will share the link each time I have added new information. My hope is that this is a useful resource that you can reference when you have questions or are looking for answers to things you have already heard in the past.

When using the website, you will see a "Hot Topics" list on the right hand side. This will be the easiest way to search for specific topics and if you click on one of the topics, it will take you straight to every post that has that topic tagged in it.

KK's Weekly Schedule:

ESL in Coppell ISD:

The district website explains the content-based push-in model being used in Coppell ISD. I will be working directly with all NEW (Non-English Speakers) and will be working with educators to plan lessons and find resources to be used in the mainstream classroom setting for LES (Limited English Speakers) and FES (Fluent English Speakers).

Booking KK:

I have already blocked out times in my daily schedule to meet with all NES learners. Any remaining time can be booked using my booking website for your campus. I would love to meet with grade levels, individual educators and be invited into your classrooms if you just need support with your ELL's during a specific lesson. Any times that I am not booked, I will be visiting classrooms to check on LES and FES learners.

ELPS and Sheltered Instruction Training Certificates:

Thank you for taking the time to print off copies of your ELPS and Sheltered Instruction training certificates. If you have not been able to find either of these, please complete the training and print off your certificate. In addition to turning in a copy to the district, I will keep a copy in the ESL room for future reference.

Language and Content Objectives:

It is a district expectation that language and content objectives should be posted in your classroom. If you would like to learn more about writing language and content objectives, another ESL Facilitator created a presentation that explains each type of objective and includes examples. These will be looked for during campus visits.

Be GLAD Strategies:

Last week I attended a sheltered instruction training entitled Be GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design). I learned so many ideas and hope to share them with you throughout the year. This week I wanted to share two of my favorites that can be easily implemented in your classroom. The best part is, these strategies are great for ALL learners.

Strategy #1: 10/2 Lecture (5/1 Lecture for Kinder)

Strategy #2: Picture File Cards