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Summer break? Time for some off-season training.

For many classroom teachers, summer break is well underway, and for some administrators and central office staff, a smaller break is just around the corner. Regardless of your role in the service of students acquiring English, the odds are good that the summer offerings by the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL team can help provide some additional …

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Beat The Heat Summer Conference

On June 21-22 Region 13 will host the 22nd Annual Beat the Heat Summer Conference.  Beat the Heat is one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students, ages 3-12, with significant disabilities.  This conference is specifically tailored for supporting our students and is open to educators, para-educators, related services providers, transition specialists, child care workers, administrators […]

The Value of Student Questions

When young children want to know something they ask lots of questions. We’ve all had some experience with this right?  Recently, while spending some extended time with my family I had this experience with my 3-year-old niece. You can probably imagine our conversation.  It went something like this: Nella:  What are you making Auntie? (In her sweet, 3-year-old voice) Me: […]

Sheltered Instruction Plus with John Seidlitz

We are excited to welcome back John Seidlitz for his two day training, Sheltered Instruction Plus: Support for the English Language Learners.  Come explore incredibly dynamic, hands-on strategies with other sheltered instruction content area teachers.  You will walk away with a comprehensive plan for successfully teaching ELLs.  Due to the popularity of this training, be sure […]

The Value of Soft Skills for Students

More and more schools and school districts are engaging in dialogue around the benefits of soft skills for students amid the goals and expectations of high academic achievement. However, we know that colleges and employers expect more soft skills in conjunction with academic knowledge. They ask: Do you possess integrity? How well do you work […]

ESL Academy ONLINE!

We are excited to announce an online ESL Academy course to prepare teachers for the TExES 154 ESL Supplemental Exam.  Only $199 during the month of October! Participants can work through the material at their own pace.  The course is a blended model of reading material, video, and online interactive activities.  Sign up on the […]

Fall 2016 Bilingual/ESL Training Opportunities!

The Bilingual/ESL team at Region 13 invites you to view our latest professional development offerings for the remainder of the fall! Please see our new flyer for upcoming sessions: 2016_ell_bilingual_flyer All courses are available for registration on eCampus. A few highlights for September include: Sheltered Instruction – September 21 from 9-4pm This session will dive into the […]

English Language Resources

Happy Wednesday! Check out these great instructional resources for your ELLs! You will see a range of information that is great for ELLs of all ages, early childhood through adult: The Effortless English Blog: This site contains hundreds of free resources, videos and podcasts.  http://effortlessenglishclub.com/blog-and-video-podcast  LearnEnglish Kids: Free online games to help children learn English the […]

Remember the Small Moments

This morning I was touched by a story. Not by one I read but by one I had lived and written. It was the story of an incident I had preparing for Back to School Night a few years ago in the early days of my principalship.  The incident I had, in and of itself, […]

New Video on PLDs!

As the beginning of the school year approaches and teachers are getting their rosters, it’s important to refresh our understanding of the proficiency level descriptors for our English language learners. Click on the video to for a brief review.     Have a great beginning of the year!

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