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To increase academic language with ESOL students which in turn will build their confidence and overall educational performance.

Provide a tool that can be utilized in school and at home, as requested by my ESOL parents/families.

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Imagine Learning ESOL Online Resource & Additional Language Building Resources

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School:
Southern Oak Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Barbara Feger 
Students Impacted:
71 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
October 31, 2022

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Tash Elwyn - $1,009.00

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Goal

To increase academic language with ESOL students which in turn will build their confidence and overall educational performance.

Provide a tool that can be utilized in school and at home, as requested by my ESOL parents/families.  

 

What will be done with my students

IMAGINE LEARNING ONLINE ADAPTIVE SOFTWARE PROGRAM LICENCES: The program provides rigorous and equitable language development. With students spending only 20 minutes a day on this program I'm able to access data that helps me drive my instruction within a few clicks. I will allow students the time in school, during independent reading time to access the program. Students and families are knocking on my door for more resources to help their child learn at home. I will use this tool to collect necessary data that NO OTHER program is able to offer and fill gaps in language and education on a weekly basis for individual students.

ACCELERATE LEARNING READING KITS - (4 levels) Depending on ability level, I will utilize these kids in a small group to increase the foundational skills vital for student growth. This kit is highly engaging, and I know it'll capture the attention of my EL students and although challenged with rigorous content, they'll enjoy the diversity that this program has to offer. It has reusable resources so it'll benefit ESOL students for YEARS to come and they can grow WITH the program which is awesome!

READING FLASH CARD LIBRARY - during lunch we have "lunch bunch" and practice our English. I've found that flash cards WITH pictures help the students not only read the words but also understand the meaning quite quickly. There is a ten-minute block I have dedicated for this daily. I also share my resources and lend the cards to the families that request and when they master them, they send them back for more. As you can imagine, with five new students who came to us not knowing one word of English, these cards come in handy for them AND their families. I always need more to share.  

 

Benefits to my students

IMAGINE LEARNING ONLINE ADAPTIVE SOFTWARE PROGRAM LICENCES: Students who are new to speaking English would use an online tool called, “Imagine Language & Literacy.” We have had an influx of students this year who are brand new to our country. I’ve utilized this program in the past and cannot rave enough about the tremendous benefits it offers our English Learners. It is not currently being provided to the students I work with directly, because they have me. The county provides funding for licenses for students who do not have an ESOL teacher at his/her school. I realize I am their most important resource at school, outside of their GE teacher(s) and peers. As I understand the need to prioritize, I am searching for a means to provide this valuable resource for my ESOL students who are new to the country and/or not making significant academic gains after one year in our schools.

Last year there was a “special cause” situation, so I was able to see what the program offers and, WOW!! The results were immediate, and the acceleration of language acquisition was instantly obvious to all this student’s teachers. This program is used to promote rigorous and equitable language development that accelerates learning across all subjects, transforming students into more confident learners. In addition to supporting ELLs through adaptive software, it provides resources and intervention tools that our ERTs used with small groups demonstrating how adaptive the program can be. Working at a Title I school, we have the privilege of 1:1 computer use and Wifi/internet is also provided to families in need. When I have parents coming to me, asking how they can help at home when they don’t speak English themselves, Imagine Learning provides the opportunity for the student to grow academically outside of school as well. This program would be utilized to enrich the instruction being provided daily by multiple face to face teachers and allow these students and families the tools necessary for boosting language. It is aligned not only with the B.E.S.T standards but also with WIDA ELD standards. The amount of knowledge this provides not only the student, but the teachers who work with the student(s) is insurmountable. I was able to tailor my lessons directly to the student’s specific academic needs after just 20 minutes of student program use. This tool is research based and used for not only ESOL students but for Tier I and II interventions for struggling students who do not have the added struggle of learning a new language. I really hope that you’re able to support the need I have found within my school. Our ESOL population would be so very thankful to have this extra support and I would be able to tailor my lessons to their specific needs daily. It is an essential tool that would be worth every penny.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT KIT - Develops skills in mastering letter sounds, CVC words, sight-words, phonics, decoding, fluency and comprehension. The program will assist English language learners in developing key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening! Ideal for individual, small-group or whole-class instruction, each leveled set includes 50 double-sided cards that have a step-by-step language lesson on one side which will allow me to differentiate and a corresponding write & wipe activity to help students master the concept on the other. (Yay - reusable!!) As kids complete the activities, they’ll build the skills and confidence they need to strengthen their daily use of English. Best of all, our activities mirror what students encounter on English language assessments! Complete set includes all 4 levels!

ACCELERATE LEARNING READING KITS - Help English language learners develop key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening while building the skills and confidence they need to strengthen their daily use of English. Packed with tons of engaging materials, the "Accelerate Learning Reading Kits" are thoughtfully designed kits rapidly increase student learning by focusing on the foundational skills needed for literacy!

READING FLASH CARD LIBRARY - Develops skills in building vocabulary, using sight-words, recognizing vowels and consonants, using blends and digraphs, and recognizing spelling patterns. 

 

Describe the Students

We have 71 ESOL students at our school. 12/71 are also ESE or in the RTI process attending PSW meetings. I personally teach grades 3 - 5 but a a team we share our resources so K - 5 ESOL students would benefit from my requests. The licenses for Imagine Learning would be specifically for 5 of the students who are new to the country and English. The ESOL students are in the program because based on testing they are not proficient in English. The licenses and materials listed below would benefit all 71 students at our school.

If I'm granted the money for the use of these "educational tools" I can assure you a very important subgroup would benefit DAILY from these resources.

If you need more information from me, please feel free to reach out!

Barbie Feger
585-610-7323
fegerb@pcsb.org  

 

Budget Narrative

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Items

# Item Cost
1 Imagine Learning License (x5) $500.00
2 Accelerate Learning Reading Kit - complete set $249.00
3 English Language Development Activity Cards Complete Set $200.00
4 Reading Flash Card Library $60.00
  Total: $1,009.00

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