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Upcoming Professional Development—Bilingual/ESL/ELL


October 4, 2016

Participants will be provided with a convenient and accessible resource that integrates the voluminous amounts of information in their books and manuals into one easy to read resource.ELLs in Texas: What Administrators Need to Know responds to this need with an understanding of the overwhelming tasks required of administrators on a daily basis. This training will help ensure that Bil/ESL programs for ELLs are compliant and effective and address the legal, programmatic, and instructional issues that administrators and other leaders face in the scope of this work. Participants will receive a copy of the Seidlitz Education publication—ELLs in Texas: What Administrators Need to Know (2014).   DETAILS



Sheltered Instruction Techniques and Strategies in Social Studies

October 4, 2016

Sheltered instruction is a means of making content comprehensible to ELLs.  Learn how to use social studies content to enhance understanding of the components of sheltered instruction by strengthening the writing of content and language objectives, and developing a tool box of content-specific strategies that address lesson planning, comprehensible input, building background knowledge, and interaction in the social studies classroom.  DETAILS



Performance Based Monitoring Analysis Systems (PBMAS) an Overview

Learn about the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS). Review the different data areas and cut points for:  Career and Technical Education (CTE), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language, and Special Education. Receive a manual outlining each data section.


Strategies for Teaching Beginning English Language Learners Across the Curriculum

October 13, 2016
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



Bilingual/ESL Leadership Network (Technical Assistance for Bilingual Education Exception and/or ESL Waiver)

October 27, 2016

Attend this invitational leadership network meeting to receive current national, state, and/or local information in curriculum, assessment, and/or instruction in the area of bilingual/ESL programming. Identify trends and issues affecting your district/campus, give feedback on Region 4 ESC services, provide input regarding professional development needs, and network with other professionals. Registration is open to members appointed by district superintendents.  DETAILS



Assessment and Instruction in Writing for English Language Learners Grades K-2

November 4, 2016

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



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



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




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