Hello!! My name is Mrs. Rivas, and this is my sixth year here in Menomonee Falls working with our wonderfully diverse language learners! I am so thankful to be working in such a great school community and with such amazing families from all places and walks of life! My husband and I have two lovely little girls of our own at home that keep me busy outside of school, both a 4 year old and a new baby born last spring.
I graduated in 2009 with my major in Elementary Education, and a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While starting my teaching career I continued my education at Madison and completed my Master's Degree in ESL and Bilingual Education as a Badger as well!
As soon as I graduated with my teaching license, I began teaching 4th and 5th grade in an open classroom for Madison Public Schools. I continued to teach there for almost two full years, when my husband and I relocated to Milwaukee. Once in Milwaukee I finished my second year of teaching at a bilingual charter school of Milwaukee. I taught there for just over 1 year, both 4th and 5th grade bilingual classrooms. During this time I was also working on my graduate courses in Madison, and once I finished them I decided I wanted to work in the special certification areas I had just been trained for. That led me to the distrcit of Menomonee Falls and the ELL specialist job I now have enjoyed all these years.
The best way to reach me for a quick response is definitely through my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to my schedule of traveling between Shady Lane and Valley View, and my supporting multiple classrooms daily at each school, the chances of calling my phone and me being available to pick up are slim! However, you can always call and leave a voicemail at 262-946-1007.
SDMF English Language Learner (ELL) Department PDSA Cycle:
PLAN: Our Mission Statement
As an ELL department, we will support the mission of each classroom in which our students are learning.
Our Learning Goal:
100% of ELLs will achieve their target growth scores as measured through the MAP Spring 2014 and 2014 ACCESS for ELLs tests.
Student Learning Targets
The ELL students work to achieve progress annually on their language proficiency in the four domains of English as outlined in the Student ILPs (Individual Language Plan).
ELL Teachers will:
· Support the content goal of the classrooms we work in.
· Work specifically with ELLs on breaking down, previewing/reviewing, scaffolding and clarifying the language input from class (written, spoken, read, and heard language).
· Share strategies and ideas with classroom teachers that will specifically increase the understanding and abilities of ELLs in regards to the content being learned.
ELL students will:
· Work on learning and applying the concepts learned in class, while paying specific attention to the language requirements to succeed.
· Do their best to communicate in all language domains (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) their understanding.
· Express their need for assistance, both to the ELL teacher, and to their classroom teachers.
· Common assessments
· ACCESS for ELLs results (to see growth in English usage annually)
· MAP Scores/Running Records
· Classroom Achievement/Grades
· Based on the results of the previously mentioned assessments, we continue to work in short cycles (and longer cycles for the more long-term assessments) to verify with students and teachers which strategies and supports helped them achieve the desired learning, and what needs to be removed/added/changed to better serve their learning needs the following cycle.
· After the annual ACCESS test is complete the teachers will evaluate student progress and readjust the students Individual Language Plan (ILP) for the following year.
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