School Support

Train the Trainer

Intake and Assessment and Link to Webinar

 

For resources on how to set up a strategic assessment plan, including set up and intake system for SIFE at your school, please see our webinar and supplemental materials at http://bridges-sifeproject.com/intake-and-assessment/

 

SIFE Learner Profile Webinar 

The Bridges curriculum was developed for SIFE with Developing Literacy, these students are in secondary schools but have literacy in home language at 3rd grade or below. This webinar will give you a more nuanced understanding of the Bridges learner through an examination of learner profiles.

Labsite and School Support

Implementing the Bridges curriculum looks different in each school context. We partner with schools so that we gain a better understanding of the challenges schools and teachers face and can use that insight to be stronger partners.

We collaborate with two labsite schools; Newtown High School in NYC and Brentwood High School on Long Island. Coaches make monthly visits to schools to support the implementation of the Bridges Curriculum and foster reflective practice.

We offer general support to all schools in our cohort through school site visits, one on one consultancies and periodic intervisitations to support educators to deepen their understanding of instruction that supports SIFE with Developing Literacy.

Bridges/Brentwood Labsite Intervisitation March 2017

The Bridges to Academic Success team has been working in tandem with the Bilingual Education Department at Brentwood High School to implement the Bridges  curriculum that fosters English language acquisition in reading, writing, and speaking for SIFE with Developing Literacy (SDL) during the 2016-2017 school year. .  This partnership between Brentwood teachers and Bridges involved professional development around implementation of the curriculum, as well as ongoing coaching and professional development to help the teachers feel at ease with using the resources and have support in their pedagogical practice.

 

One of the unique and culminating aspects of this year’s Bridges training was an inter-visitation at their schools with visitors from other schools who also serve a SIFE population. In March of 2017,, Brentwood High School hosted teachers and administrators from all over Long Island who came and observed the Bridges teachers implementing the curriculum.  The guests observed teaching from both Integrated ELA and Stand-alone ENL classes, as well as classrooms that featured Native Language Arts instruction. Overall, the Brentwood staff spoke with the visitors about different aspects of the training and curriculum that they could use to improve the quality of SIFE instruction in their schools.

The process of learning and implementing a new curriculum is no easy feat, but the teachers at Brentwood High School worked diligently, and there were a host of positive results in both student and teacher outcomes.  For example, among the ninety SIFE students who were testing on their English reading levels, growth averaged approximately two reading levels over the course of the school year, using a normed progress monitoring tool. Many students also developed a sense of being readers who had ownership over the own learning and who could learn and grow with support One student said, “When they (the teachers) read it with us, it helps us to get better…”   The students also learned to grow together as a community and worked hard with support from each other, “When I am helping others, I help the other classmates. I say it’s very nice because, when my partner doesn’t know how to say a word or how to write a word, I help.” Students worked to improve their reading and writing through center work that supported them in everything from foundational literacy skills to fostering a love for reading about topics of interest.

The teachers also made a lot of growth in both their pedagogical style and their beliefs around how to teach SIFE. The community often works against a common misconception that SIFE cannot learn and that this population cannot think critically, Brentwood teachers are striving to counter this mindset by continuously improving their pedagogy and creating more a rigorous yet accessible classroom environment. For example, one teacher stated, “Working with the students, you get to understand them even more, you make connections, you see their capabilities, academically how much you can push them and how you can challenge them.” When the teachers engaged with the curriculum, they were able to see that “SIFE can think critically and can rise to the challenges with which they are presented.”