7 Easy Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

School’s out for summer! Just because the semester is coming to an end, doesn’t mean student learning has to end during the summer break. The blog at Teacher Created Materials offers some great ways for students to stay sharp over the summer months:

“Sadly, summer slide isn’t referring to sliding into the pool or sliding on the playground at the park. Summer slide is the reality that 10 weeks out of a school environment can cause students to slide back in their educational growth. Although research can vary, students can lose anywhere from 1 month of school growth to 25% of the years knowledge during the 10 weeks of summer break*. Allowing students to relax and be carefree is definitely a necessity but stopping summer slide can be just as important.

Summer activities to prevent slide don’t have to be boring. Here are 7 ideas.”

Check out more posts from the Teacher Created Materials blog here.

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Research-based Activities From The Institute of Education Sciences

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. They have created a wonderful tool for exploring research-based activities and interventions for your classroom. Check out this great resource, and be sure to see the section for English Learners. Learn more here.

From the site:

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programsproductspractices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?” Find more information about the WWC.

 

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Two Weeks Until Vocabulary Bonanza on June 14th!

Have you wondered how you can better help your students learn and use the new vocabulary that is so critical for success? If so, then this training is for you!

Join us in exploring not only how to select appropriate vocabulary, but how to follow-up with effective activities that encourage linguistic and academic achievement in all content areas. Even better, these practical tips and strategies equip all language levels and learning styles and can be implemented the next day!

Come and enhance your knowledge and repertoire of strategies that promote language and vocabulary acquisition for your academically and linguistically diverse learners. Be assured that you will leave equipped with a variety of tools and techniques that facilitate learning and support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiencies of all students.

Please bring the upcoming unit of study for your content area(s).

Click here to register.

What: Vocabulary Bonanza – proven tips, successful strategies, and engaging activities for all (SU1838873)

Who: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Specialists

When: June 14th, 2018 9am-4pm

 

ESL Academy TOT

The ESL Academy prepares teachers for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam. Are you interested in becoming a trainer of the  ESL Academy for your district? Attend an ESL Academy TOT!

Note:  ESL Academy is a prerequisite for all participants wishing to attend the ESL Academy TOT.

Steps to becoming an ESL Academy Trainer:

Step 1 – Sign up and attend a three day ESL Academy

Region 13 offers several opportunities to attend the ESL Academy:

Burnet CISD (SU1839944)

When: June 19-21  9am-4pm

Where: Burnet CISD

Register HERE.

Region 13 ESC (SU1837478)

When: June 25-27  9am-4pm

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center in Clarksville Room

Register HERE.

Region 13 ESC (SU1837479)

When: July 10-12  9am-4pm

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center in Treaty Oak Room

Register HERE.

 

Step 2 Sign up and attend the ESL Academy TOT

Region 13 ESC (SU1838101)

Who: Leadership seeking to become an ESL Academy Trainer

When: August 8-9  9am-4pm

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center in Mount Bonnell Room

Register HERE.

 

For questions please contact Seth Herrington at seth.herrington@esc13.txed.net

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ESL Academy -Upcoming Summer Opportunities

Administrators, do you have staff who need to take the TEXES 154 ESL Supplemental Exam this summer? Are you a teacher seeking ESL certification? Region 13 has several ESL Academy opportunities this summer to help you prepare for success on the supplemental exam.  This three day training covers the 10 competencies covered on the exam  and provides a variety of scaffolded activities for classroom application.

Burnet CISD (SU1839944)

Who:  All area teachers preparing for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam

When: June 19-21  9am-4pm

Where: Burnet CISD

Register HERE.

 

Region 13 ESC (SU1837478)

Who: Teachers preparing for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam

When: June 25-27  9am-4pm

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center in Clarksville Room

Register HERE.

 

Region 13 ESC (SU1837479)

Who: Teachers preparing for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam

When: July 10-12  9am-4pm

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center in Treaty Oak Room

Register HERE.

 

For questions please contact Seth Herrington at seth.herrington@esc13.txed.net

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Compelling Digital Lessons for English Learners

In supporting our ELLs in their language development and academic achievement, technology can be a powerful tool. Exploring the variety of apps online (many of which are free) can mean increased opportunity for ELLs to experience meaningful interactions with teachers and peers.  Here Elementary ESL Teacher Astrid Emily Francis tells us how she uses the free WriteReader app to support ELLs.

The article by Astrid Emily Francis appeared here in achievethecore.org

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Supporting Refugee Students -A Podcast from IDRA.org

Refugee children are a specific group of immigrant children, many of whom have experienced some kind of trauma. Since 2005, three quarters of a million refugees have entered the United States. They make up an increasingly more diverse population in terms of their countries of origin and primary languages. And they face a number of school policies and practices that hinder their access to education. David Hinojosa, J.D., director of the IDRA EAC-South, and Dr. Hannah Sung, associate director of research and continuous improvement at the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Inc., discuss those barriers. And they outline ways schools can pro-actively create a welcoming and positive learning environment for refugee students. The IDRA EAC-South supports districts across an 11-state region of the southeastern United States to put systems into place and prepare teachers to welcome all students, including refugee students, into their classrooms.

Podcast and excerpt appear HERE at idra.org.

Vocabulary Bonanza on June 14th

Have you wondered how you can better help your students learn and use the new vocabulary that is so critical for success? If so, then this training is for you!

Join us in exploring not only how to select appropriate vocabulary, but how to follow-up with effective activities that encourage linguistic and academic achievement in all content areas. Even better, these practical tips and strategies equip all language levels and learning styles and can be implemented the next day!

Come and enhance your knowledge and repertoire of strategies that promote language and vocabulary acquisition for your academically and linguistically diverse learners. Be assured that you will leave equipped with a variety of tools and techniques that facilitate learning and support the listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiencies of all students.

Please bring the upcoming unit of study for your content area(s).

Click here to register.

What: Vocabulary Bonanza – proven tips, successful strategies, and engaging activities for all (SU1838873)

Who: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Specialists

When: June 14th, 2018 9am-4pm

 

May LPAC-At-a-Glance

The weather is warming up and May is upon us! It’s time to check in with your LPAC calendar and plan your year-end activities. During this busy testing time on your campus, it’s good to look back at April’s checklist too and double check your progress.

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.

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