Literacy Workshop for Emergent Bilinguals

This course will provide teachers of grade 4 and up with systems and strategies for creating a successful workshop style classroom for emergent bilinguals at all levels of proficiency. While the focus of the workshop is on writing, participants will learn about how to leverage each language domain to develop the writing of language learners at all levels but especially those students at the beginning and/or intermediate level of writing.

Who: Classroom teachers -4th grade and up

What: Literacy Workshop for Emergent Bilinguals (FA1738294) with Bilingual/ESL Specialist Cody Fernandez

When: 9am-4pm on December 6, 2017

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723 

Register on E-Campus  here.

Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash

ARD/LPAC Collaboration: Serving ELL Students with Disabilities

ARD/LPAC  collaboration is crucial to the program design and implementation of services for students being served by Special Education and Special Language programs.  In this training, participants will receive an overview of the identification and exit processes for English Language Learners receiving Special Education services.

What: ARD/LPAC Collaboration: Serving ELL Students with Disabilities (FA1738380)

When: 9am-3pm November 27th

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723

Register on E-Campus here.

5 Strategies for Increasing Engagement with ELL Families

“With schools adding as many as 100,000 new English language learners each year, educators need to get strategic not only about the way they teach students, but about how they communicate to families as well. “

We are always looking for new  ways to support our ELLs with our lesson plans, activities, procedures and routines. We know that investment in building an authentic and language-rich learning environment plays dividends with our ELLs, but what are some ways to support our students at home? These 5 strategies are here to help.

Article and Photo credit go to Stephen Noonoo for the thejournal.com

November LPAC At-A-Glance

Time changed this past weekend. Leaves are starting to change. The weather here in Region 13 is getting a little cooler. Do you feel it? Can you smell the pumpkin spice? ….because it’s on nearly everything. We are already entering the middle of November, and it’s a great time to check in on all of our hardworking ELLs.

The LPAC Year-at-a-Glance (check your livebinder) is a great resource to keep close by when considering your ELLs and their annual progress.

Need a refresh on meeting protocol? Review the LPAC Framework here, and check out the video series by Region 20 ESC for some quick examples of how to conduct your meetings.

Photo by Kristian Seedorff on Unsplash

CIMA 2017 Recap

Thank you to all presenters and participants for making the Conference on Instruction and Multilingual Advancement (CIMA) such a success this year. We hope all Bilingual, ESL and LOTE stakeholders took home ideas and tools to use and share. See a few pics from our sessions (more to come):

We really appreciate all of those who have completed the post-session surveys. Your experience is helping to shape our goals for next year’s conference.  If you haven’t already, please give share your feedback here. What did you love? What would you like to see more of at CIMA 2018?

Wrapping up Day 1 at CIMA

Day 1 at CIMA just wrapped up. See participants reflect on their experience! Kileen ISD Bilingual Teacher Sonia Douglas shares some thoughts on the Literacy Workshop for Language Learners with Cody Fernandez. Presenter Drew Keller discusses the message she took home from Keynote Speaker Feyi Obamehinti.

November 16th -Title III Increasing and Strengthening Parental Outreach

Are you an administrator, director or teacher who serves ELL students? Want to build and strengthen your relationship with the families in your school community? Please join us on November 16th for a free training!

The Title III Increasing and Strengthening Parental Outreach session details the responsibilities local educational agencies (LEAs) have to provide parental outreach training and activities to English learners (ELs), immigrant students, and their families.  The session is a three hour, half-day session.

The workshop # is FA1738427 and you can register here!

 

Presenter Preview with Ana Llamo -Chameleon Teaching for ELLs

CIMA 2017 is only 3 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our preview series with Ana Llamo -an education consultant with over 25 years of experience working with ELLs in the ESL, bilingual and migrant education arena. For most of her career, her efforts have been focused on assisting local education agencies (LEAs) with the curriculum and instruction of ELLs as well as the evaluation, management, coordination, and implementation of ESL and bilingual programs to meet state and federal compliance regulations. Here’s a little more about Ana and a quick look at her session.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Ana Llamo

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Chameleon Teaching for ELLs”

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  We will discuss ELL strategies, language proficiency, ELPS and TELPAS

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Teachers, Administrators, Central Office, Counselors

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  Provide information regarding making changes and adjustments in instruction to increase the academic achievement of ELLs.

 

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Presenter Preview with Amber Countiss -Engaging Resources to Support ELLs

CIMA 2017 is only 4 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our preview series with Amber Countiss – an accomplished educator, workshop developer/presenter, and education consultant. Here’s a little more about Amber and a quick look at her session.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Amber Countiss

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Engaging Resources to Support ELLs”

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  In this session, teachers will have the opportunity to explore resources that are teacher friendly, engaging for students and available in English and Spanish.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Directors, Coordinators, and Teachers

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  By providing great resources that support ELLs.

 

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Presenter Preview with Catherine Vaquera -Engaging Strategies for ELLs in Early Childhood

CIMA 2017 is only 4 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our preview series with Catherine Vaquera – a Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher in Elgin ISD since 2004.  She is excited and humbled by the opportunity to shareher ideas and experience with other professionals. Here’s a little more about Catherine and a quick look at her session.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Catherine Vaquera

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Engaging Strategies for ELLs in Early Childhood”

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  Looking into the classroom environment, progress monitoring and how to incorporate a variation of teaching strategies into a lesson to help bring success to all ELL learners in Early Childhood -from engaging the academically high students to helping the struggling students.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  All Bilingual stakeholders.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  My session will help fellow teachers find new ways to engage all levels of ELLs in an early childhood classroom.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: Its exciting to get an opportunity to hear from other professionals in the field and get new ideas.

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