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Upcoming Professional Development—Bilingual/ESL/ELL

 

Help! I'm Not Bilingual and I Have ELL Students to Evaluate

December 6, 2016

Students from diverse cultures and backgrounds are often referred to special education for evaluations. Sometimes, a bilingual evaluator is not available. What are the best practices for both monolingual and bilingual evaluation staff? This presentation will provide practical field-based guidelines and research findings for the assessment of ELL students.  DETAILS

 

 

Demystifying the Mexican School System

December 8, 2016

Our schools have demographics that are ever-changing and in many school settings, we share the same students with Mexico. The enrollment and appropriate placement of Mexican immigrant students is critical to their academic success. This session provides a comparison of the educational systems of Mexico and the United States. Different types of Primarias, Secundarias, and Preparatorias will be discussed, as well as the various types of schools in Mexico (i.e., CONAFE, indigenous, migrant, special, etc.).  DETAILS

 

 

The Rights of Immigrant Children and English Learners in the Texas Public Schools

January 10, 2017 

School administrators and classroom teachers face many challenges in ensuring school entry to all students eligible to attend, creating effective programs for immigrant students and English Learners (ELs), as well as understanding what education and services are required to be provided to them and their parents. This session will discuss what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant children and ELs. Topics include Social Security numbers, immigration documents, birth certificates, immunization records, and access to school lunch and breakfast programs. The session will also cover the rights of English Learners and their parents, including providing examples of some common issues encountered by schools. Additional topics will include Special Education and English Learners; Supplement not Supplant Requirements; and Access to Post-Secondary Education for immigrant students. Both federal and Texas law will be discussed.  DETAILS

 

 

Critical Success through Academic Conversations

January 13, 2017

Learn how to provide a robust educational experience for all learners. Empower students to have access to academic content by raising the level of academic conversations.  Learn to expand the student's vocabulary, build skills that transfer into literacy and content areas, develop cognition, and transfer the student's oral language skills to writing.  DETAILS

 

 

LPAC Decision-Making Process for the Texas Assessment Program

Learn the requirements of the Texas Assessment Program for English Language Learners (ELLs). Participants will receive the LPAC Decision-Making Guides to help LPACs comply with state requirements as they monitor progress and needs of ELLs and make decisions on State Assessments and TELPAS.

 

 

Strategies for English Language Learners in the Elementary Science Classroom

February 1, 2017

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

 

 

Assessment and Instruction in Writing for English Language Learners Grades 3-5

February 14, 2017

Participants will experience real classroom examples and methods to boost writing instruction for ELLs. Add to your toolbox, practical and effective strategies, student activities, and assessment tools for all content areas. Use rubrics to assess ELL writing development at different grade levels and language proficiency levels.  DETAILS

 

 

Phonics and Vocabulary for the English Language Learner

February 15, 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

 

 

New Bilingual/ESL Directors Meeting

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

 

 

Coaching Teachers of ELLs: Considerations for Instructional Coaches

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.

 

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.

 

Balanced Literacy and Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom

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
Presenter: Phuong Palafox, CCC-SLP

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

 

 

Phonics and Vocabulary for the English Language Learner

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.

 

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.

 

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”

 

 


 

To see more professional development opportunities from Region 4, visit www.esc4.net/PD. For information about customized professional development, contact bilingual@esc4.net
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