The Professional Learning Committee (PLC) met November 1st, 2019 in Room A-110. The EL CIVICS Coordinator, Rita VanDyke Kao, listened to our concerns regarding the EL CIVICS units. She promised to bring the Safety EL CIVICS unit (to be used during the Spring 2020 Semester) for us to review at the next PLC Meeting in late November. Some of us said we may pilot the Student Unit in our classes this semester to provide Rita additional feedback. Finally, Rita mentioned a PT EL CIVICS Coordinator was to be hired at CEC; and most likely, we’d be working more closely with her.
After Rita left, we turned to our Writing and Listening Rubrics. We decided to the Intermediate and Advanced Levels will definitely use the same Writing (and perhaps the same Listening) Rubric. The Beginning Levels will be using their own Rubrics. All levels will be meeting separately with their group members. Both the Intermediate and Advanced Levels will do a formative writing assessment in their classes on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Then they’ll use the Rubric to grade the assessments and share the results at their Level meetings. Then they’ll use the Rubric to grade the assessments and share the results at their Level meeting. In addition, the Advanced group will also complete a formative listening assessment and grade the results with the Listening Rubric. They will bring that data to the next PLC Meeting on Friday, November 15th, 2019.
At the next meeting, the Intermediate and Advanced group members will decide on cutoff (passing) scores for Int Low; Int High; Advanced Low; and Advanced High so we could all use the same Listening Rubric. For the Writing Rubric, which has a total of 50 Points, we agreed on the cutoff (passing) scores for each level. For Adv High, a minimum of 45 out of 50; For Adv Low, 40 out of 50; for Int High, 35 out of 50; and for Int Low, 20 out of 50 on our common Writing Rubric. Finally, Mara Tavantzis agreed to record the dialogue of one of our previously created Listening Assessments. Then the Intermediate Level group could try that formative assessment after the next PLC Meeting and present the results at the final December Meeting. The goal is to share the Writing and Listening Assessments with Faculty during Spring Flex.
The Professional Learning Committee (PLC) held its first official meeting of the year on Friday, October 18th to set its goals for the 2019-20 school year. The PLC made a list of its vision and goals with the able assistance of Rob Jenkins. The goals identified by the teachers were as follows:
(1) Identify and promote formative assessment rubrics for multiple measures;
(2) Create innovative ideas to improve instruction for increased student outcomes;
(3) Pilot and edit revisions of the EL Civics Units in cooperation with the Coordinators;
(4) Identify and delineate specific multiple measures and required standards for promotion;
(5) Share, disseminate, and provide info on new CEC teacher action research to OTAN.
Pending approval from Dr. Sergio Sotelo, PLC teachers would be paid for up to 4 hours per week of documented work toward achieving the above goals with the supervision of the ESL Department.
The March 22, 2019 Meeting of the Professional Learning Committee (PLC) was held at Centennial Education Center in Room A-110. There were approximately nine (9) teachers in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to revise our listening assessments and rubrics.
The Beginning group reworked some of their questions, but was generally satisfied with the rubrics they had created. The Intermediate group removed one comprehension question on their first listening assessment from December, and added three vocabulary questions. They were also generally pleased with the rubrics they had made at the last PLC meeting.
Rob Jenkins created a progress chart to determine how much work the two groups had completed. Both the Beginning and Intermediate groups stated they had finished their writing and listening assessments, and they had conducted their team testing. However, neither group had completed their assessment school piloting as yet. Rob stated that he would be reporting to the ESL Assessment Committee on the PLC’s progress. At the next meeting on April 12th, OTAN will be giving a presentation to the PLC on accessing Open Educational Resources (OCR) in Room E108.
The Friday, March 8th Meeting of the PLC was held in Room A-110 at Centennial Education Center. The teachers met in two groups Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced to complete their Listening Assessments and Rubrics. The Intermediate Group created two listening assessments and recorded audio tracks to accompany the written dialogues. In addition, they revised and substantially shortened their listening rubrics. Their new rubric only focuses on two areas: Comprehension and Vocabulary. It uses a 4-3-2-1 Scale to evaluate the students.
The Beginning Group completed three listening assessments and revised their listening rubric. The new rubric for the Beginning Group also has a 4-3-2-1 Scale but only uses a picture for the students to use when responding to the Listening. (The students will circle A or B, or A or B or C for the response that best matches the picture).
Finally, Rob suggested creating a schedule for when teachers could give their Assessments throughout the semester. Jose Lopez Mercedes will be giving an OTAN Presentation on April 26th about Online Class Resources at Santa Ana College. The online resources would be available for instructors in any department and Ellen Welch suggested putting our Assessments online to make it easier for ESL instructors to access.
The February 22, 2019 Meeting of the Professional Learning Committee (PLC) was held at Centennial Education Center in Room A-110. Within level, two groups (Beginning level and Intermediate/Advanced level) met to continue work on the writing and listening assessments and rubrics.The Beginning group refined their listening assessment so that it now focuses more directly on listening skill. The listening rubric was also completed and several members of the group will do initial trials of the assessment/rubric prior to the March 8, 2019 meeting.
The mixed Int/Adv group (including ABE Composition, ESL Int/Adv, & Academic ESL) worked on team rubric scoring of 6 students writings. With few exceptions, there was fairly close agreement on the scores given. The group discussed that, within a semester, it would be important to do at least 3 writing assessments using the rubric. The average of the resulting scores could then be one of the multiple measures that helps to determine passing to the next level (with 70% and above = passing writing; may need to work out a percentage range for specific levels.
Regarding listening, this group selected one of the completed listening assessments, the “Job Interview” dialogue/questions to try out in the classroom. Results will be brought to the 3/8/19 meeting. For now, the group will use the percentage correct on the listening assessment questions as a measure of listening skill. Nancy Rucker offered to assist in working on an Int/Adv listening rubric design for possible future use.
The February 8, 2019 Meeting of the Professional Learning Committee (PLC) was held at Centennial Education Center in Room A-110. There were 12 teachers in attendance. Within level, Beginning and Intermediate groups agreed on level appropriate writing assessments and worked on refining writing rubrics for in-classroom use during the next two weeks. Teachers will bring results to the next PLC meeting on February 22 for team scoring and discussion.
Sue Garnett attended and her expertise helped us to re-work the Intermediate Writing rubric toward a more practical score-weighting and organization of the scoring categories. The Intermediate group divided forces, so some teachers worked with Sue on the above, and some planned the appropriate writing assessments to use. The teamwork was amazing!
Also within level, Beginning and Intermediate groups worked on listening assessments and rubrics. Most have agreed on the type of assessment to use, but development, recording, etc. will require more work prior to implementation in the classrooms within the next month. The goal is to implement the listening assessments/rubrics prior to the March 8, 2019 PLC.
The Beginning level group had a really productive session related to this and they are working on finishing their rubric in preparation for classroom use. Towards the end of the meeting, they gave a helpful mini-report on their process and considerations in creating the rubric.
The December 7th Meeting of the PLC was held at Centennial Education Center. There were 7 teachers in attendance from the Beginning ESL Group. The meeting was held in order for the Beginning Group to complete their second set of formative assessments.
The group met for two hours and was able to finish their assessments. Both the Intermediate and Beginning ESL Teachers plan to continue their work on the formative assessments during the Spring 2019 Semester. In Spring, the new curriculum for the Santa Ana College Continuing Education ESL Department will put into effect. The teacher groups will complete additional assessments and pilot test the assessments with their classes so appropriate modifications may be made. The PLC’s work will help inform the decisions on curricular assessment made by the ESL Department.