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Upcoming Professional Development—Bilingual/ESL

We will do our best to reschedule any workshops that are canceled due to COVID-19. 
In the event we cannot reschedule or rescheduled dates do not work for you, please contact our Registration Services Department via email at or by phone at 713-744-6326. We kindly request your patience as we are out of the office until April 10 at the earliest. Please know that we will get you taken care of upon our return (if not before)
besl-building-relationships-apr20-social-mediaSupport English Learners: Building Family, Parent, and Community Relationships

April 21, 2020
Learn how to build and strengthen relationships with families, parents and the community! Through hands-on activities, we will frame our work around aspects of identity and research-based principles of equitably engaging with diverse stakeholders. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to explain specific strategies to enhance family, parent and community engagement for your unique learners. We will also make sure you have the opportunity to articulate next steps so you can apply these practices back at your school. REGISTER




besl-learning-letters-june20-social-mediaMoving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

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. REGISTER






besl-pd-strategies-6-4-20-socialmediaInstructional Strategies for Newcomer English Learners Every Educator Must Know

June 4, 2020
Acquire concrete suggestions for instruction that balances the individual needs of Newcomer English learners and accelerates their language development. Whether introducing a new concept in a content area, facilitating a conversation, or modeling how to write an essay, there are best practices for effective instruction with Newcomer English learners. Learn how to craft instruction that is culturally responsive and helps to create links to new information. Understand how to easily use formative assessment to construct language activities that will boost students' proficiency. This training will provide you with critical strategies for effective classroom instruction. Classroom-level and school-level factors will be discussed and resources will be provided. REGISTER



Bilingual Dyslexia Evaluation: Data Collection and Formal Evaluation

June 11, 2020

This one-day workshop will cover the specific assessment components necessary for evaluating ELs for dyslexia with emphasis on Spanish-speaking students. Formal and informal data collection and assessment tools will be reviewed. 

Bilingual dyslexia specialists and evaluation personnel are invited to attend this workshop. It is recommended that participants attend Module 3 of the Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy prior to attending this training.  REGISTER



Bilingual Dyslexia Evaluation: Interpretation and Recommendations

June 12, 2020

This one-day workshop will cover the interpretation of formal and informal evaluation data necessary for identifying ELs for dyslexia.  Multiple case studies will be reviewed for both elementary and secondary students.  Participants will also learn how to develop instructional recommendations based on evaluation data with the opportunity to practice developing recommendations with case studies.   

Bilingual dyslexia specialists and evaluation personnel are invited to attend this workshop. We recommend participants complete Bilingual Dyslexia Evaluation: Data Collection and Formal Evaluation prior to attending this workshop.  REGISTER



Instructional Coaching Playbook: Make Every English Learner Successful

August 6, 2020
Build your English learner playbook by providing dynamic tools to support any content area. Coach around crafting opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with content in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. This session will focus on 5 things that make every English learner successful. Join us as we explore the components, purpose , and applications to instruction. REGISTER



besl-pd-esperanza-socialmediaEsperanza: A Structured Multisensory Spanish Language Program

September 23-24, 2020
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. REGISTER






Sessions are for educators and administrators from Title III districts and charter schools within Region 4. Contact for session details.


Teaching Methods and Assessment

March 31, 2019 - This event will be rescheduled.

Dig deeper into effective instructional methods and techniques that address the specific needs of ELs with diverse language proficiency levels. Participants will also delve into formal and informal assessment strategies used in the ESL classroom, and explore classroom management techniques for a variety of ESL environments and situations. 



Title III: Increasing and Strengthening Family Engagement & Community Engagement Training of Trainers (TOT)

May 20, 2020
Acquire the information and materials needed to deliver training in your district on the Title III Increasing and Strengthening Family Engagement and Community Engagement. The session details the responsibilities local educational agencies have to strengthen family and community engagement. Participants will be provided the materials to deliver the session at their districts. REGISTER



Title III: Enhancing Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Students

May 21, 2020
Acquire the information and materials needed to deliver training in your district on the Title III Enhancing Instructional Opportunities for Immigrant Students. This tool provides insight on practices for enrolling immigrant students in Texas schools, federal funding for immigrant students, and suggested activities to enhance instructional opportunities for immigrant children and  youth. The training includes information on professional development in support of immigrant students and suggested data collection for determining immigrant status. Participants will be provided with the materials to deliver the session at their districts. REGISTER



Title III Effective Early Childhood Instruction for the Young EL, Training of Trainers (TOT)

May 28, 2020
Acquire information and materials needed to deliver training in your district on the Title III Effective Early Childhood Instruction for the Young EL. Participants will examine appropriate instructional activities and considerations Title III, Part A funded local educational agencies may implement in order to ensure that young ELs attain high levels of academic achievement in English. Participants will be provided with materials to deliver this session at their districts. REGISTER



Title III: TExES ESL Supplemental Review

June 2, 2020

This one-day workshop will help participants prepare for the TExES Supplemental Exam #154 by reviewing key concepts aligned to the TExES Test Framework of Language Concepts and Language Acquisition, ESL Instruction and Assessment, and Foundations of ESL Education, Cultural Awareness and Family. NOTE: Session is for teachers who are not required by the State to be ESL certified, but whose students would benefit from teachers obtaining this certification.  REGISTER



besl-title-iii-parents-in-school-culture-june20-sTitle III Getting Parents of English Language Learners Involved in the School Culture

June 9, 2020
Educators will walk away with strategies on how to build relationships with parent communities and help students with math and reading proficiency.  Participants will learn outreach practices to facilitate communication and collaboration with families to improve school culture through parental engagement. DETAILS






Title III: Using Quality Data to Drive Programmatic Decisions

August 4, 2020
During this session participants will review available data related to English language learners to drive programmatic decisions. Utilize data to determine instructional and intervention impact, and identify professional development strategies and activities to meet the needs of English language learners. Campus teams and district support personnel are encouraged to attend. REGISTER



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