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Upcoming Professional Development—Bilingual/ESL/ELL




2017 Region 4 Bilingual/ESL Conference

September 21
Educators will expand their knowledge with evidence-based strategies and research-based information designed for working with English Language Learners (ELLs). Presentations will be framed around relevant topics that directly impact the academic success of ELLs. Session topics will address dual language, transitioning from L1 to L2, sheltered instruction, assessment, and technology.  DETAILS



Upcoming Workshops


June 6, 2017

Provide responsive instruction through a realistic framework for beginning English learners. Practical resources will be provided for teachers and administrators to help English Language Learners soar using tools and vignettes illustrating real-world challenges. Learn about techniques that support beginners across the curriculum.  DETAILS


Moving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

June 15, 2017

Learn effective methods for teaching letter sound correspondence that lead towards more complex word structure for readers. Remember the more connections students make the faster they learn to read. DETAILS



Workstations Designed with English Language Learners in Mind: A Focus on Reading

June 16, 2017

Discover ways to motivate and engage prekindergarten and kindergarten students in reading activities. Learn how to provide high-quality structured and explicit instruction during whole group and small group mini-lessons. Provide a variety of curriculum activities, instructional strategies, and scaffolding practices to differentiate for the needs of diverse learners. DETAILS



50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

Learn research-based strategies to improve the academic achievement of English language learners (ELLs). Participants will explore strategies for: 

- Building vocabulary and fluency, such as “Reporting Back: Verbal Practice in Curricular Connections"
- Supporting student involvement, such as “Level Questions: Adjusting Questioning Strategies to the Language Levels of students”
- Building comprehension, such as “Multiple Intelligences Strategies: Teaching and Testing to Student-Preferred Learning Modes”


Esperanza: A Structured Multisensory Spanish Language Program

October 4-5
Learn to teach the Esperanza program that focuses on helping students develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language. Learn how to transition the student into English by helping the student apply his or her knowledge of phonology and the rules of Spanish to the acquisition of English. This program has been used successfully with beginning readers in bilingual programs as well as with dyslexic Spanish-speaking students.  DETAILS



Strategies for English Language Learners in the Elementary Science Classroom

October 5
Explore research-based strategies to help English Language Learners understand concepts while supporting academic language development for all students. Participants will practice identifying the linguistic factors to be considered for making content accessible to English Language Leaners. Strategies explored can be easily implemented into the classroom and yield student engagement opportunities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing about content area concepts. Acquired strategies would further enable participants to effectively facilitate inquiry science, motivate students and enhance the overall classroom climate.  DETAILS



The Big Three: Teaching Word Skills, Fluency and Comprehension to Middle School Students

February 23, 2018
Learn how to help students become successful readers through a set of engaging, evidence-based strategies designed to increase student capacity to make meaning from a variety of text. Explore the role of academic routines that empower students to be efficient, thoughtful readers and critical purveyors of information by focusing on word study, fluency, and comprehension.  DETAILS



To see more professional development opportunities from Region 4, visit For information about customized professional development, contact
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708