Fall 2015 ESL/Bilingual Workshops!

Happy First Day of Fall! As your school year is off and running, take a moment to peruse the diverse offering of engaging workshops that the Region 13’s Bilingual/ESL team is offering for teachers of ELLs.

Next Monday, we kick off our PD season with “Differentiating Instruction for English Language Learners”. October will provide you with opportunities to attend sessions for those seeking ESL certification, as well as those looking to improve their instructional practices for Long Term ELLs, guided reading for bilingual classrooms, literacy strategies for content-area teachers of ELLs, and practical guides to using the ELPS and PLDS.

You can view details for each of these trainings at the link here.

See you this fall at Region 13!

Differentiating Instruction for ELLs: September 28, 2015

ESL Academy: October 7-9, 2015

Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp: October 12, 2015

Long Term ELL Training: October 14, 2015

ELL Writing to Learn in the Content Areas: October 21, 2015

Guided Instruction for the Bilingual Classroom: October 21, 2015

A Practical Guide to ELPS and PLDS: October 29, 2015

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Template for Bilingual/ESL Program Annual Report

Per Chapter 89 (§89.1265), school districts are required to prepare an annual report of their Bilingual/ESL education program. These reports reflects information such as the academic progress of the ELLs, the number of students exited from Bilingual/ESL programs, and the number of and frequency of training opportunities for teachers and aides that are working with this population of students. Districts may use the template attached in this post for reporting purposes: School_Board_Report_ppt

Bilingual TLPT Preparation Workshops

There is still room to register for individuals seeking certification as a bilingual teacher! The TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) is required to become a bilingual teacher in Texas.

You can still sign up for the June 2015 workshops! Workshops are comprised of 4 sessions, and participants must attend all 4 days of sessions to receive credit. Cost: $185.

The workshop content is directly aligned to TExES exam #190. It will provide an overview of the exam based on the framework of the test. In addition to the content overview, a practice test will be administered. Test results will be scored, debriefed and analyzed, so participants will leave the workshop with an action plan for passing the BTLPT TExES.

Please click on the flyer below for more information.

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Save The Date! 2015 Title III Symposium July 28-29, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Title III Symposium being held July 28-29, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. There will be early check-in and packet pickup on Monday, July 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This year’s event will contain informational breakout sessions that will help provide educators and administrators from Texas Title III-funded school districts and charter schools throughout the state with relevant, research-based information to help them better serve our state’s English language learners (ELLs). Session information will be made available on the conference website at http://www.title3.esc2.net/ in the coming weeks.

Please click below for the flyer containing more information and hotel accommodations:

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To register for the Symposium, please visit https://www.escweb.net/tx_r2/catalog/conference.aspx?conference_id=1286069.

Ensuring Students Become Bi-literate: The Necessary Steps for Administrators

Dual language programs are taking the world by storm.  These school enrichment programs meet Texas requirements for bilingual education and can be structured in a variety of ways depending on student population, community input, and staff availability.  While the program models may vary, they are almost all guaranteed to ensure that students achieve bi-literacy and maintain this skill throughout their school careers.

Leading researchers and educators, Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, recently authored a book on designing dual language schools and the crucial role administrators play in the development of these dynamic programs.  The book is a valuable resource for anyone thinking about starting a program or strengthening their existing one.  The resource is user friendly and outlines the core programmatic features of quality dual language education.

Core Programmatic Features of Quality Dual Language Education:

  • Enriched and affirming learning environments
  • Empowering pedagogy
  • Challenging and relevant curriculum
  • High-quality instructional resources
  • Valid and comprehensive assessments
  • High-quality professional development
  • Powerful family and community engagement
  • Advocacy-oriented administrative and leadership systems

The above core programmatic features serve as guidelines for the development and reform of any dual language program.   Each of these items is fully explained in various sections of the book with rich realistic examples.

In addition to outlining the framework necessary for program development and enhancement, the book also provides perspectives from successful dual language administrators on the necessary leadership skills needed for optimal program development.

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Collier, Virgina P., and Wayne P. Thomas. Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World: Administrators Speak.   Albuquerque: Fuente, 2014. Print

Bilingual TLPT Preparation Workshops

This Region 13 workshop is intended for individuals seeking certification as a bilingual teacher. The TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) is required to become a bilingual teacher in Texas.

You can still sign up for the February/March and June 2015 workshops! Workshops are comprised of 4 sessions, and participants must attend all 4 days of sessions to receive credit. Cost: $185.

The workshop content is directly aligned to TExES exam #190. It will provide an overview of the exam based on the framework of the test. In addition to the content overview, a practice test will be administered. Test results will be scored, debriefed and analyzed, so participants will leave the workshop with an action plan for passing the BTLPT TExES.

Please click on the flyer below for more information.

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ESL Certification Preparation Courses

    Get Your ESL Certification

 

ESL Academy is a three-day workshop that provides a foundation on language acquisition and explores best practices in ESL instruction while preparing participants for the TExES Exam #154: English as a Second Language Supplemental. There are four offerings:

 Oct. 8th – 10th Feb. 25th – 27th  June 17th – 19th  July 22nd – 24th 
 FA1429263  SP1529264  SU1529266  SU1529267

 

ESL Supplemental #154 TExES Review is a one-day workshop that will help to prepare for the TExES Exam by reviewing key concepts aligned to TExES test frameworks. Participants also take an on-site, test-secured TExES practice test. However, it is highly recommended that participants attend an ESL Academy before taking this class. There are four offerings:

 Sept. 20th Jan. 17th May 2nd July 18th 
 FA1429271  SP1529272  SP1529273  SU1529274

ESL Supplemental #154 Registration

As teachers work to get their summer PD in and update their certifications, we are finding many have questions about registration for the ESL Supplemental exam #154.  Although we offer several trainings to prepare teachers for the exam, we are not able to register you for it.  In order to sign up, you need to visit http://cms.texes-ets.org/.  For detailed information on how to proceed, download the Quick Start Guide for Test Registration.

Upcoming trainings offered by Region 13 to prep teachers for the ESL Supplemental #154 include:

ESL Academy (SU1426193)- July 21st-23rd

ESL Supplemental #154 TExES Review (SU1426679)- July 26th

 

 

Hello! It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down and that we are moving into the summer. We know that your staff may be looking for professional development to participate in that would enhance their teaching skills. The Bilingual/ESL team is offering several great training opportunities this summer to meet the needs of your teaching staffs. The topics range from reading instruction in English and Spanish to Math in the secondary classroom. Please take a few minutes to view the POWTOON and the attached training flyer. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our department at 512-919-5319.We look forward to seeing you this summer!