March 7, 2017
New Bilingual/ESL directors will network and share practices for successfully addressing educational programs for English language learners. Participants will discuss policies, share procedures, and utilize resources to improve processes and assist with meeting timelines. DETAILS
March 8, 2017
Empower educators to support English Language Learners (ELLs) in acquiring English language proficiency and content area knowledge. Instructional coaches will explore learning environments, instructional methodologies, and other considerations that lead to the academic growth and English-language development of ELLs. DETAILS
Reading Comprehension Strategies for ELLs
Learn research-based instructional strategies and activities that increase listening and reading comprehension in English Language Learners (ELLs). Some of the strategies that will be discussed are activating prior knowledge, using graphic organizers, and effective questioning.
Strategies for Teaching Beginning English Language Learners Across the Curriculum
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.
Workstations Designed with English Language Learners in Mind: A Focus on Reading
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.
April 6, 2017
Participants will examine the components of a Balanced Literacy Approach for a bilingual classroom and will have the opportunity to practice and to develop hands-on activities that will help with the implementation of the approach. In the afternoon session, participants will discuss how to organize their classrooms for small group instruction and Guided Reading and will rehearse the implementation of the model. The use of leveled readers will be covered. DETAILS
Speech-Language Pathology and English Language Learners: Difference or Disorder and Working with Interpreters
April 7, 2017
At this time almost one million children, approximately 18% in the state of Texas are considered to be English Language Learners (ELLs). As speech-language pathologists, this fact makes a great and challenging impact on our jobs - do our students demonstrate a speech-language disorder or are the students demonstrating typical second language acquisition skills? This session will serve as a guide and resource for working with those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Whether you are monolingual or bilingual, you will walk away knowing how to better serve your students from diverse backgrounds. DETAILS
April 13, 2017
Participants will practice teaching points of phonics and vocabulary instruction for English Language learners. Learn how to create structured activities that help scaffold students' knowledge from alphabetic principle to comprehending meaning of print. Identify language strengths, and gain knowledge of systematic patterns and rules to move students through the phonics continuum in order to accelerate language transfer. DETAILS
End-of-Year Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC): Annually Required Training
This three hour session provides training on the LPAC Annual Review with updated information provided by TEA. Learn state laws and policies for educating English Language Learners (ELLs), LPAC duties, responsibilities, and guidelines related to the LPAC Annual Review and of exiting ELLs. Participants will receive an End-of-Year LPAC Manual.
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
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”