English Language Learners

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Queens South ELL TEAM

The ELL Department has Administrators that provide help and support to school leaders and ELL coordinators on understanding and implementing mandates. Some of the mandates include student programming, instructional and staffing requirements. They design and deliver professional learning opportunities for English as a New Language, ELL, and content-area teachers.


Pierre J. Galvez- Director of English Language Learners, Districts 27, 28, 29

Pierre Galvez is currently the Director for English Language Learners at the Queens South Field Support Center (QFSS), where he ensures the consistent and effective application of proven ENL instructional practices, citywide initiatives and NYSED mandates in Districts 27, 28 and 29.

Previously, in District 4, he served the community both at the school level, as a founding member of an ESL Middle School and at the Regional level. While at the Regional level he served as a Literacy/ESL Coach, designing professional development and mentoring teachers. He served as an ELL Network Support Specialist at the Integrated Curriculum and Instruction Learning Support Organization where he worked side by side with renowned leaders in the field of linguistics. In later years, he served as the Director of Student Services and as a mentor for teachers and administrators.

Pierre’s commitment and expertise with English as a Second Language will surely elevate the academic achievement of more than 16, 000 English Language Learners in districts 27, 28 and 29 .

Joshua Metz – ELL Services Administrator, Districts 27, 29

Joshua Metz has been an educator in New York City since 2007 when he began working as an ESL/ENL teacher in Far Rockaway, Queens. While teaching ESL, he also held multiple teacher-leadership roles including Dual Language Coordinator and Data Specialist. Before joining the Queens South ELL Team, he served as an Achievement Coach/ELL Specialist with Network 211, supporting schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. In addition to supporting ELL instruction, he also provided professional development and ongoing guidance for school leaders and teachers around Advance, Mathematics, and RtI.

Robert Zuzzolo- ELL Services Administrator, Districts 28, 29

Robert Zuzzolo has been a teacher for 16 years. After teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan for 3 years, he entered the NYCDOE in District 27 as a middle school English Language Arts teacher. He then moved to District 26 to teach English as a New Language for the next 11 years.

Robert has dedicated the past 10 years to be a consummate advocate of English Language Learners and their parents and is excited to be able to broaden his scope as an ELL Service Coordinator for the Queens South Field Support Center.


Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau - Senior ELL Compliance Performance Specialist, Districts 27, 28, 29

Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau began her career as an Elementary Common Branch Bilingual teacher in the NYC Department of Education in 1985 in District 18. While teaching Bilingual/ESL, she also held multiple teacher-leadership roles including Teacher of Gifted and Talented. Since 2003, she has planned & facilitated professional development series for a variety of districts and groups of schools/teachers on instructional practices that address the academic, linguistic and cultural needs of ELLs. Before joining the Queens South ELL Team, she most recently served as a Senior ELL Compliance and Performance Specialist for DELLSS where she collaborated with Clusters, Networks, Superintendents and QSFSC on issues related to K-12 instructional and program services for ELLs. Marie-Antoinette F. Rousseau is an enthusiastic, self-motivated educator who possesses the ability to motivate students, staff, and facilitate their learning process. She has dedicated the past 29 years to be a consummate advocate of English Language Learners.


Dimitra Galatsanos - ELL Services Administrator

Dimitra Galatsanos has been afforded the opportunity to serve as an advocate for English Language Learners since 2008. After teaching English as a New Language for nine years in District 28, she transitioned to the role of an ELL Service Administrator at the Queens South NYCDOE Borough Office. In her current role, she facilitates school - and Borough Office - based professional learning opportunities around Advanced Literacy and the use of high quality instructional practices for ELLs that are aligned to an instructional framework that promotes quality interactions. She builds capacity by providing tiered support to teachers to implement highly effective instructional practices through classroom observations and developmental feedback that advances the learning of ELLs. In addition to supporting ELL instruction, she provides specific, personalized feedback and action steps to schools related to ELL Instruction and Compliance, aligned with CR-Part 154 and Borough Office initiatives. Through her combined experience as an educator and lifelong learner, collectively with the Queens South team leads the work of advocacy and equity in relation to enhancing Instruction for all.


Odalys Trapote-Igneri - ELL Services Administrator

Dr. Odalys Igneri worked as a teacher of Languages Other Than English (LOTE), English as a New Language (ENL) and Bilingual Science (Biology, Earth Science and Chemistry) at Far Rockaway High School (FRHS) for 15 years. She then moved on to acquire her administrators license and served as an Assistant Principal also at Far Rockaway and then continued her career as the Director of Transitional Bilingual Education Programs and Director of Science/STEM for the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS). In addition, at DELLSS she has also served in many other roles such as a Curriculum Specialist, the Director of Native Language Arts and the Director of Science/STEM. During her time as a central administrator, she worked developing teacher’s expertise, creating resources such as curriculum, and guidance documents, spearheading courses for both students and teachers and supporting ELL compliance monitoring.


Resources and Reminders

MLL/ELL Compliance Resources

To support schools in ensuring that they enact CR Part 154.2 with fidelity, the Division of English Language Learners & Student Support (DELLSS) has made a number of resources available on their InfoHub Page (DOE login required)

2019-2020 ELL Policy and Reference Guide: Comprehensive guide regarding citywide ELL policies (Updated August 2019)

Parent Letters

Parent Orientation Videos: DML has linked to the NYSED parent videos on the public DOE website. As of August 28, 2018, we have been advised that the NYSED videos should be used until the New York City videos have been updated.

Checklist of 10 ELL-Related Items for a Successful Start of the School Year (Updated September 2019)

2019-20 Compliance Calendar

Guidance on Implementation of English as a New Language (ENL) Units of Study: NYCDOE guidance to assist with the implementation of the mandated ENL units of Study in either Stand-alone or Integrated ENL model (Updated September 2019)

ELL Identification Process Webcast

ELL Quick-Links

Accessing NYSESLAT Scores & NYSED Individual Score Reports

Schools are encouraged to use the RFSF report in addition to the RLAT to ensure they are accurately identifying all of their current and former English Language Learners.

The RFSF is a download-only report. This report has been enhanced to include SIFE status, years of service as well as program selection information recorded on the simplified ELPC and BNDC screens.

Filtering the column labeled “Test Out Year” for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 as well as (blanks) will provide you with a list of current and former ELLs entitled to services for the current school year.

Accessing NYSED’s Individual Score Reports via L2RPT

    • NYSED’s Individual Student Score Reports for the NYSESLAT are available in L2RPT.
    • The NYSESLAT Individual Student Report function is SIRS 503 which should be located under Score Reports. Written instructions for accessing score reports via L2RPT are available from NYSED.
    • Note: Only Principals have access to L2RPT. If needed, they may reset their password.
    • Translation Supports for the score reports are available from NYSED to support communicating results to parents.


Instructional Resources

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Instructional Leadership Framework (ILF) supports leaders in planning, organizing, and streamlining their schools’ work in order to ensure that every student in NYC experiences instruction that supports them in developing advanced literacy skills in learning environments that affirm students’ strengths and their racial and cultural identities, while developing students’ abilities to connect across cultures and think critically.

QSBO ELL Division Vimeo Channel Our Vimeo channel hosts short videos that highlight key insights and takeaways from our professional learning opportunities.

QSBO ELL Division ELL Stream Videos


MLL/ELL Compliance Updates

Alternative Pathways to Support Former ELLs

Updated August 28, 2019

As mandated by Commissioner's Regulation (CR) Part 154, all former English Language Learners (ELLs) must receive at least 90-minutes per week of integrated English as a New Language (ENL) or its equivalent for at least two school years after the school year in which the student exits ELL status. For the 2019–20 school year, you may continue to provide the 90 minutes of integrated ENL or select one of the NYSED-approved Alternative Pathways to Support Former English Language Learners’ Language Development and Academic Progress options to satisfy this requirement. You should select one of the following ELL options that best meets the academic needs of your students and that your school will use to satisfy the requirements for former ELLs:

  • Option A: Small-group learning;
  • Option B is no longer considered a valid pathway.
  • Option C: Project-based learning;
  • Option D: A minimum of 90-minutes per week of integrated ENL;
  • Option E: Scheduled for Advanced Placement class (high school only)
      • LOTE/World language AP classes are no longer valid pathways.

EDUR Update: The ELL Data Update Report (EDUR) will be updated this school year to include greater detail regarding total type of ENL minutes in a core content area with appropriately certified teacher. The EDUR will be shared monthly with principals beginning September 20.

EDAT Update: The ELL Data Analysis Tool (EDAT) is currently undergoing a redesign to align with existing data systems utilized by schools and school leaders. The redesigned tool will be incorporated into the monthly EDUR and planned for release in December 2019.

MLL/ELL Compliance Policy & Procedures

Enter Home Language Codes

In accordance with state and city policy, you are required to appropriately identify and support English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families, and to collect information about the languages spoken at home for all students. As in previous years, some students entering kindergarten from pre-K may have had their HL codes removed in ATS; schools must reenter home-language codes using the information from the Home Language Identification Survey (HLIS), to help identify students who should be administered the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL). You should work with your staff to ensure that all of your students' home-language (HL) codes are entered in ATS by September 6. Blank Home Language Codes are entered via the BIOU screen in ATS.

To determine all K-12 students who do not have HL codes in ATS, you should download the Place of Birth (RPOB) report and filter the report to show students without HL codes. You should enter home language codes in ATS for those students, based on the results of administering the HLIS. In the event that an HL code is entered inaccurately in ATS, you must make an HL-code correction request by emailing a scanned copy of the original HLIS to your Borough Office director of ELLs. Note that HL codes should only be entered for students who have been properly administered the HLIS, in accordance with NYS and DOE policy.

If you administered the HLIS to pre-K students entering kindergarten from June 1–26, you should have entered a “Y” in the HLIS field on the Update Biographical Information (BIOU) screen in ATS, to avoid having the HL code deleted from the BIOU screen during the ATS rollover in July. Accordingly, you should not have to reenter the home-language codes for those students for the upcoming school year.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) is a diploma endorsement awarded upon graduation, which recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. Information for the NYSSB can be found in the NYS Seal of Biliteracy Handbook.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) reports as one district to the NYSED. NYCDOE schools must follow the NYCDOE Guidelines for the NYSSB. Information of the NYCDOE guidelines are present in the _________


ELL DAY OF ADVOCACY

2019 ELL DAY OF ADVOCACY

The ELL Team at Queens South celebrated their 2nd Annual ELL Day of Advocacy by Amplifying Multilingual Learners’ Voices. English Language Learners/ Multilingual Learners shared their personal journeys that provided insights to the assets, funds of knowledge, rich backgrounds and skills students and their families’ possess. Their collective voices continue to amplify their identities, journey of self and/or their family’s journey. As advocates of ELLs/MLLs: “Together we will change single stories to narratives of great learning and great success!”

View a video compilation of some of our ELLs as they share their personal journey - (DOE Login Required)

2018 ELL DAY OF ADVOCACY

View a video compilation (DOE Login required)

In honor of National Poetry month, the ELL Division at the Queens South Field Support Center gathered “I Am” Poems from our English Language Learners/Multilingual Leaders. To celebrate our students’ diversity, we compiled students’ personal stories that reflect their cultural backgrounds and educational experiences, as told in their own voices through “I Am” Poems.


View a video compilation of some of our ELLs "I Am" Poem Submissions - (DOE Login Required)

Professional Learning Opportunities Resources

2019-20 PLO Resources

2018-19 PLO Resources

2017-18 PLO Resources

2016-17 PLO Resources

2015-16 PLO Resources