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 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.
The November 30th Meeting of the PLC was held at Centennial Education Center. There were over 16 teachers in attendance. The meeting was chaired by Eric Glicker in the absence of Rob Jenkins. The objective of the meeting was to create two additional ESL formative listening assessments.
The Beginning ESL Teachers and the Intermediate ESL Teachers met in two groups at the Centennial Resource Center. Both groups of teachers looked at the previous ESL Pre-Post Tests to get some ideas for their new formative assessments.
They also consulted textbooks such as the Future Textbook Series, which contains many listening exercises. By the conclusion of the meeting, the Intermediate group had completed two assessments and the Beginning Group decided to meet again in the Resource Center during the following week.
The Professional Learning Committee (PLC) met at Centennial Education Center in the Resource Room on Friday, November 9th, 2018. There were approximately 14 teachers in attendance. The teachers met in two groups by ESL Level (Beginning and Intermediate) to create formative listening assessments. The plan was to make four assessments in each group. There was also some discussion among the group members on whether to use the CASAS Listening Test as a final summative assessment.
Finally, each group decided it create the first assessment during the November 9th Meeting. Thus, each group began work on their first formative listening assessment for the Beginning and Intermediate ESL levels. The new curriculum will be implemented during the Spring 2018 trimester, and the names of the courses will be changed to reflect the designations used by CASAS (Literacy; Beginning Low and High; Intermediate Low and High; and Advanced Low and High).
Fortunately, with great teamwork among the group members, the teacher groups were able to complete their first formative assessments. In fact, the Intermediate ESL group even did a recording of the dialogue of the first listening assessment with assistance from Rob Jenkins. Rob will not be attending the Friday, November 30th meeting; however, some of the members of the PLC will come together on that date to continue to work on the second formative listening assessments. The goal is to have all the listening assessments completed and ready for trial testing during the Spring 2019 trimester.