Dr. Melissa Castillo has over 27 years of experience in education. Her professional career includes many years as an elementary teacher in Dual Language and Bilingual programs, Instructional Coach, Professional Development Coordinator of English Language Development, Secondary Administrator, Curriculum Director and Educational Lead Consultant for MelCast Educational Consulting. Dr. Castillo’s diverse experience has prepared her for the position as the Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education. She’s worked with educators across the state and country on planning and implementing asset-based systems and instructional practices, developing academic language and literacy, and coaching to meet the needs of unique student populations. Melissa co-authored Language and Literacy for ELLs; Creating Systematic Change for Academic Achievement and was a contributing author to 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners and the SIOP®Model for Teaching Mathematics to English Learners. Her doctoral research focused on effective instructional programs for language minority students specifically in Sheltered English Immersion.
The ARP-HCY Homeless 1 and mini-grants are officially open. The use ARP-HCY Funds are to:
- identify homeless children and youth, too.
- provide wraparound services to homeless children and youth to address challenges of COVID-19, and to,
- enable homeless children and youth to attend school and fully participate in school activities.
ADE will release an application for LEAs to apply for additional ARP funding (ARP Homeless II) in the upcoming months. We will release a webinar to review the ARP program funds and allowable uses as well as review ADEs state plan for utilizing these funds. If you have any questions, please join in the office hours that are set up 2 times a month (visit our website for more info). For further understanding of the ARP Homeless Education funding, please see SchoolHouse Connection - ARP HCY Overview.
- Important Reminder: The end date for the Migrant Grants is September 30th. make sure that all revisions are submitted by Wednesday September 22nd, this is to ensure FY21 grants are director-approved in a timely manner. Keep in mind that Migrant funds do not allow for funds to carryover so please make sure you draw down 100% of funding by the project end date
- FUNDING UPDATES Please be sure requests for reimbursement are submitted on a timely and regular cycle. Refer to the GME homepage for important fiscal dates and pertinent information about all your funding applications. Click here to access the GME homepage. If you have any questions related to funding for EL programs, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].
- We are thrilled to be bringing back our annual conference as an in-person event! This year’s conference theme, Our Students, Their Agency, exemplifies the vision that educating Arizona’s unique populations is a shared responsibility and that equity is at the forefront of the work we ALL do to ensure every student develops a sense of agency, confidence, and determination to give them the competency to choose their path in life. Participants will enjoy two full days of professional learning engaging with both national and local presenters on topics related to equity, shared responsibility for all students, research-based practices, program implementation and systems for English learners, foster care, homeless and migrant students. Check out our amazing presenter line-up on the Conference website Keynote and Featured Speakers page. Even if you are unable to join us in Tucson for HOPE Conference 2021, there are still ways for you to participate and help make this a memorable event. Please consider these two opportunities below.
- Arizona Student Success Stories: In addition to the amazing learning opportunities the conference provides for educators, each year we showcase outstanding students as part of our signature Awards Banquet. Nominations are still being accepted for 2021 Student Success Stories.Students Success Stories Information and Nomination Form
- Teacher Celebrations: So many educators have worked tirelessly during times of uncertainty to ensure students’ needs are met and progress continues. We want to recognize your outstanding colleagues in a special celebration during the HOPE Conference 2021. Send us a short video or some pictures and give a shout-out to the dedicated teachers with whom you work. Teacher Celebrations Information and Submission Link
- 2019 ELP Standards Fall Series This is a three-part series in which participants will gain a deeper understanding of:
- The structure and content of the 2019 ELP Standards
- How the 2019 ELP Standards support an intentional focus on the language necessary for ELs to be successful in school
- How the 2019 ELP Standards are used to support language development in both targeted and integrated
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- Save the Dates: October 13th and October 19th! This fall Arizona Western College and Arizona State University will host a Migrant Education Program Day for high students in grades 11th and 12th. Both events will be held virtually and are scheduled from 9am to about 2pm. Consider having your migratory High School students, Priority For Service and Out of School Youth attend this event.
- Arizona Western College will host Migrant Education Program Day on October 19th, 2021. It will be a virtual event!
- Arizona State University will host Migrant Education Program Day on October 13th, 2021 and this will also be a virtual event!
- Our Fall State Migrant Parent Advisory Council (SMPAC) event set for November 17th, 2021 from 9am – 2pm. This year it will be hosted virtually by ASU and the Arizona State Migrant Education Program. This Fall SMPAC meeting will include SMPAC Elections! Parents will be voting to elect a new Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary of the State Migrant Parent Advisory Council SMPAC for the term of Fall 2021 – Fall 2023. You can click on the SMPAC Bylaws to review SMPAC and PAC rules and roles to any parents that may be interested. Reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions or a parent that would be interested!
- ADE’s Homeless State Conference will be November 18th - 19th, 2021 and will be held virtually. Below are the links for you to register for 1 day at a time. The agendas and schedule will be available later in October. AZ State Conference
- The University of Arizona Loan for Service (Flyer)
- U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
- Virtual Navajo Weaving Webinar (Flyer)