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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


Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC)

Annually Required Training For New Directors

This six hour session provides extensive training on the LPAC Framework with updated information provided by TEA.  Learn state laws and policies for educating English Language Learners (ELLs), LPAC duties and responsibilities, and guidelines for identifying, placing, exiting and monitoring ELLs. Participants will receive an LPAC Manual. 

Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC)
Annually Required Training For Previously Trained Directors

This three-hour session is intended for attendees who have previously participated in an LPAC Training provided by an education service center such as Region 4 ESC. This session will review updated information provided by TEA. Learn state laws and policies for educating English Language Learners (ELLs), LPAC duties and responsibilities, and guidelines for identifying, placing, exiting and  monitoring ELLs. Participants will receive an LPAC Manual.



Balanced Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom

September 22
Participants will explore the components of the Balanced Literacy Approach and will address the specifics of curricular elements, scheduling, classroom organization, and grouping. There will be ample opportunities for hands-on activities.  All reading materials and practice activities will be in Spanish.  DETAILS



Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom

September 26
Participants will discuss how to organize the classroom for small-group instruction and will examine how to implement the Guided Reading model within a small group. The use of leveled readers will be covered. We recommend that participants take our training on Balanced Literacy in the Bilingual Classroom prior to this session. Spanish and English will be spoken, and the materials used will also be in both languages.  DETAILS



Writer's Workshop in the Bilingual Classroom

October 3

Writer's Workshop organizes writing instruction around the way real authors write. It is based on the idea that students learn best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time and on topics of their own choosing. Learn how to implement Writer's Workshop in the bilingual classroom by teaching short, focused lessons that guide young authors as they explore writing craft. This session will be delivered using both Spanish and English.  DETAILS



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



Reader's Workshop in the Bilingual Classroom

October 6

Teach students how to apply skills and strategies while they read. Learn how to structure your reading language arts block using a reader's workshop framework. Reader's workshop is the most effective way to structure the balanced literacy program. This approach effectively implements the gradual release of responsibility to scaffold the teaching of reading skills and encourage students to enjoy reading. This training, which will be delivered in Spanish and English, will cover the format of reader's workshop as well as the different components.  DETAILS



Vocabulary Development in the Bilingual Classroom

October 11

Participants will work with The Emergent Reader Vocabulary Series—Spanish, a collection of books to introduce more sophisticated vocabulary for common words as young readers engage with patterned text, appealing graphics, and colorful photographs. Connections are made to known words and new words are reinforced and reviewed through playful, interactive follow-up. Participants will use Interactive Read Alouds to contextualize activities. Tier 2 and academic vocabulary will be examined.  DETAILS



Private Non-Profit: Title III, Part A Services for PNP Schools

This training details the responsibilities that Title III-funded local educational agencies have in providing equitable services to eligible PNP school's English language learners (ELLs), their teachers, and other educational personnel.  The training was created to assist LEAs with the process to plan, design, implement, and evaluate their program and services provided to PNP school's ELLs.  Rules, regulations, and compliance requirements related to Title III, Part A services for PNP schools will be reviewed.



Reading Comprehension Strategies for Spanish Literacy Development

October 31
Learn research-based instructional strategies and activities that increase listening and reading comprehension in Spanish for bilingual students. Some of the strategies that will be discussed are activating prior knowledge, using graphic organizers, and effective questioning. This training will be conducted in English and Spanish.  DETAILS



Reading Comprehension Strategies for ELLs

November 7

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.  DETAILS



Partnering with Parents: Home Connection Readers to Support Literacy and Title III Continuous Improvement Plans

November 7

Participants will explore the use of Home Connection Readers for developing children's oral language and print concepts. Opportunities will be given to examine and develop activities for parents to reinforce these concepts at home. Participants will receive the Home Connection Readers with resources for whole and small group instruction to support literacy and language acquisition. This resource addresses language proficiency levels in the four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and can support the implementation of Improvement Activities in meeting the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs).  DETAILS



Spanish Word Study: Increasing Students’ Vocabulary and Comprehension by Learning How Words “Work”

December 1
Gain an understanding of principles of Spanish word study to increase students’ vocabulary and reading comprehension. Strategies and activities to help students learn about letters, sounds, syllables, and words will be discussed. The central goal of these strategies is to teach students how to take Spanish words apart while reading for meaning.  DETAILS



New Bilingual/ESL Directors Meeting

January 12, 2018
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



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






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