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 Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to help teachers plan their instruction for English language learners.  If you are an ESL teacher or a core content teacher with ELLs in your classroom, then Sheltered Instruction knowledge is necessary for you to learn the skills to make content comprehensible and develop academic language for your students. Come learn how to make your classroom a language rich environment that ensures students are acquiring English while learning your content.  We will focus on strategies to increase students reading proficiency and writing skills across all content areas.

 

Strategies for Building Success in Dual Language Classrooms – September 28 from 9-12pm

If you teach in a One-Way or Two-Way Dual Language classroom then this is the training for you! Join us in discovering ways to transform your classroom by enhancing participation and increasing learning in both languages. Some of the topics that will be covered include: cross-content planning, cooperative learning, and academic vocabulary just to name a few. This training will be filled with tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use to facilitate learning and meet the diverse needs of your students.

 

Secondary ESL Teacher Support – September 29 from 9-12pm   

The Secondary ESL Teacher Support series is for teachers at middle and high schools who are teaching ESOL 1, ESOL 2, ESL/ELA, or an ESL Reading course.

These will be collaborative sessions where information about ESL students and classes will be shared, as well as time to work with like-minded teachers serving this population of students.  This is an opportunity to delve into the TEKS and ELPS, and plan appropriate lessons to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students!

Bring your Year-at-Glance documents, TEKS, and materials used in your class needed to lesson plan.

ESL Supplemental #154 Review This Saturday!

Need a refresher before taking the ESL Supplemental #154 Exam? Come join Ivonne Santiago at Region 13 for a one day study session to get you ready to rock the test! ESL #154 Supplemental Review will be this Saturday, September 10th, from 9am to 4pm at Region 13.

Sign up now, seats are going fast!
Sign up on Region 13’s eCampus, course #: FA1634624
https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.htm

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 fun way.  http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

English Grammar Basics: 30 lessons on the principles of English grammar.  http://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/grammar.aspx

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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!

Time is Running Out to Join the Sheltered Instruction Cohort!

Enroll in the Sheltered Instruction Cohort for 2016-2017! First session begins on August 30, 2016!

As a member of the cohort you’ll receive:

  • A revised ELPS Toolkit and the ELPS Observation Guide
  • Participation in a collaborative Professional Learning Community
  • Access to online courses
  • On-site coaching visits
  • Paid registration for the ELL Institute and the Sheltered Instruction Conference

Optional:

  • Participation in the Instructional Programs and Initiatives (IPI) Coaching Network

Click here for more information and to apply today!

Click below see a short video of testimonials from this year’s participants!

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Call for Secondary ESL Teachers!

Are you the only ESL teacher on your campus?  Would you like to lesson plan and share ideas with other ESL teachers in Region 13?  Join us August 10th to kick off a new series to support Secondary ESL teachers.  Bring your year at a glance and other planning materials.

When:  August 10th 9:00am to noon

Where:  Region 13 ESC Building

E-campus sign up https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html Class ID SU1635467

 

Upcoming PD Sessions for Secondary ELL Engagement!

Are you ready to hit the ground running this school year? If  you want some tools and strategies to get your ELL students engaged and invested from bell to bell, take advantage of these content-specific sessions for middle and high school teachers. We will use the TEKS and the ELPS to model activities that will:

  • Get your students speaking and writing using academic vocabulary throughout a lesson
  • Encourage cooperative learning in your classroom
  • Increase your students’  confidence and stamina in STAAR tested areas
  • Help you prepare for your first instructional unit by collaborating with other teachers in your content area
  • Provide structures to maximize your precious and limited instructional time
  • Create opportunities to check for understanding throughout a lesson

Flyer for Summer and Fall PDs

Register on Region 13 e-campus :

Math: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34549 (Classroom Environment and Structures)

Math: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34554 (Make and Take)

 

Science: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34556(Classroom Environment and Structures)

Science: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34557 (Make and Take)

 

Social Studies: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34555(Classroom Environment and Structures)

Social Studies: https://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34555 (Make and Take)

 

Secondary ESL Teacher Support

Are you the ESL teacher on your campus?  Would you like to meet other ESL teachers to discuss ideas and share lessons with?  Join us for learning and discussion about supporting English language learners in our classrooms.  Bring your Year-at-a-Glance, TEKS, and materials you use to lesson plan for your class.  In our time together we will discuss second language acquisition, share our ideas on lessons, and plan for your ESL classroom.

Register on e-campus https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html (SU1635467)

Date: August 10, 2016

Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp July 27 & 28

This two-day training will support participants in their knowledge of the English Language Proficiency Standards and how to work with English language learners in their classrooms.  Participants will leave with…

  1. An understanding of the Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs)
  2. Strategies to modify lessons based on the student’s PLDs
  3. An example lesson plan created for their own classroom that includes
    • Content and Language Objectives
    • Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing activities
    • Accommodations and Scaffolds to support language
    • Checks for Understanding and
    • A Formative Assessment

Register on Region 13 e-campus https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html (SU1631807)

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Texas Gateway Online Courses to Support the ELPS

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Texas Gateway has launched several online courses supporting ELPS in the classroom.

http://www.texasgateway.org/

  1. Head to the website.
  2. Click SEARCH at the top of the page.
  3. Chose the ELPS box under PRIMARY Subject.
  4. Explore ways to support English language learners in your classrooms!

There are three types of resources you will find…

Online Courses for which you can receive CPE credit and

Tools to support teachers in implementing the ELPS.  These tools can also be requested through your Region center.