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ELAT Newsletter - February 8, 2018

ELAT Application for 2018-2019 School Year
Audience: District and School Leaders

We anticipate the application for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool project will open at the beginning of April, 2018.  This is a slight delay from last month's information. If there are updates between now and the next newsletter we will reach out to district and program level contacts through email and will post updates in The Scoop and other CDE communication channels. Thank you for your patience.


Professional Development : Virtual learning for all ELAT participants
Audience: School and District Leaders

April sessions are open and there is room for participants. End the year focusing on students become better readers by more effectively and efficiently utilizing your DIBELS Next data. This learning will help you ramp up for the 2018-2019 school year as well. 

Courses Offered: 

  1. Applying DIBELS Foundations with the Outcomes-Driven Model :  DIBELS Foundations focuses on linking DIBELS Next measures to the early literacy skills students are working on in class while also providing a structured model of decision making that utilizes tools available through mCLASS: DIBELS Next.
  2. Advanced Progress Monitoring with DIBELS Next:  Advanced Progress Monitoring takes your progress monitoring to the next level by introducing a step-by-step process for effective on and off-grade level progress monitoring that helps evaluate instructional effectiveness and informs instructional next steps.

These courses are offered in the comfort of your home or classroom! There are multiple choices for April:

  • Mondays on April 2nd, April 16th, and April 30th
  • Tuesdays on April 3rd, April 17th, and May 1st
  • Wednesdays on April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd
  • Thursdays on April 5th, April 19th, May 3rd

The Facts:

  • These are the same sessions offered in the Fall of 2017
  • The sessions are free
  • The sessions provide 10 clock hours credit
  • The sessions are hands on, offered at various times and allow you to immediately apply learnings to your everyday efforts

Feedback from teachers who took the courses last fall:  

“I was able to analyze the data from my own students in order to make the course relevant to my current needs. This enabled me to put it to use right away.” - Fall Foundations Participant

“Collaboration and learning from each other in sharing our successes and concerns on how to best help students read and use the data in the most helpful way for the students."- Fall Advanced PM Participant

Click Here to register for ELAT Virtual Learning Opportunities 


School Based Support Available: Sign up by February 23, 2018 - 15 slots left
Audience: Teachers, Interventionists, School Leaders, Instructional Coaches 

Through the ELAT (Early Literacy Assessment Tool) Project, CDE and Amplify are providing customized professional development for schools designed to help administrators, teachers, and other school leaders get the most out of their DIBELS Next data.  These half-day sessions at your school are provided through the project, are free of charge and  can focus on:

  • Utilizing DIBELS Next data analysis templates to determine specific student literacy needs
  • Identifying effective progress monitoring practices that target the correct skills
  • Understanding how DIBELS Next measures map to foundational literacy skills
  • Making instructional adjustments and differentiating instruction based on DIBELS Next data
  • Setting goals for students using Pathways of Progress

Schools Participating this year have said:

  • “Our teachers all learned something new and felt listened to and valued.  The teachers can effectively form instruction when digging deeper into the measure level probes.
  • ”“It was helpful learning how to set student goals and how to integrate data into a READ plan.”
  • “The most important take-away from the session was learning how to use the data to create reports and collect data to drive instruction.”

If these slots fill we will keep you on a waiting list for support in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Click here to register for your Customized, School-Based PD Session

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