PD Opportunity: Literacy through the Content Area in a Bilingual Classroom

In a bilingual classroom setting, the literacy skills of reading and writing are often overlooked in the core content areas outside of the English Language Arts.

This training will guide teachers in ensuring that key literacy skills are integrated into the science, social studies, and math lessons. We will draw from Kathy Escamilla’s Biliteracy from the Start: Literacy Squared in Action for insight on transitioning from Spanish to English.

If you serve students as any of the following, this training is for you!

  • Bilingual teachers
  • ESL Teachers
  • Instructional Coaches

Register at https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html for Teaching Literacy Through the Content Area in a Bilingual Classroom (FA1634757)

Register now for the Sheltered Instruction Conference 2016!

Join us on Thursday, June 9, 2016 for Region 13’s second Sheltered Instruction Conference!

This year, in addition to dynamic and engaging sessions for teachers of ELLs, we will also be featuring a unique lens for Bilingual/ESL administrators!

For teachers, the schedule will include sessions on effective ELL engagement strategies, literacy skills, interactive notebooks, anchor charts to drive instruction, and cross linguistic strategies.

For administrators, sessions will also showcase effective systems for dynamic growth with
regard to ELLs – systems put into place by teachers, administrators, and central office staff.

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Our keynote speaker, Raul A. Sanchez, is currently the principal of the nationally recognized Walter P. Webb Early College Preparatory Academy in Austin, Texas. With an innovative approach to shared leadership, Principal Sanchez has actively advocated for ELL student needs and the Community School Model.

Please see the attached flyer for more information! Click here: SI Conference Flyer

Cost: $135.00
Workshop ID: SU1631548
http://ecampus.esc13.net

 

Anchor Charts: Let the Walls Teach

One of the first things I notice when I walk into a classroom is a teacher’s use of wall space. Having always taught multiple grade levels – in some of the smallest classrooms on campus-in one school year, I had to learn how to maximize the little wall space I had available. I learned a few weeks into my first year teaching that as glossy and sleek as the content-area and motivational posters (think that ubiquitous “Hang in There” kitten) I purchased for my classroom were, or how well-decorated my classroom was the week before school was even back in session, very little of what was on my walls was actually useful for my students in reinforcing the concepts, skills, and academic vocabulary I was working so hard to teach them. Sadly, it took a few more years for me to discover the magic of anchor charts.

What I’ve learned over a decade in this profession is that when used correctly, anchor charts are one of the most effective, engaging, and student-friendly ways to support instruction by reinforcing key concepts, skills, and vocabulary. One good anchor chart can not only replace an entire word wall, it can make the connections between concepts and terms visibly come to life for students.  A great anchor chart can truly be like having another teacher in the classroom. Students can review the steps of a skill, strategy, or process during guided or independent practice using cues from an anchor chart (Harmon & Marzano, 2015).

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So what exactly is an anchor chart and what constitutes a quality one? If an anchor is “a source of stability and security, used to hold something in place”, then an anchor chart is a sort of classroom artifact or record that provides a visual reference or cues to support students as they progress in their learning throughout the course of a unit or topic (Seger, 2009). Simply stated, anchor charts make the teacher’s instruction “clearly visible to students” (Newman, 2010). They are visual reminders current learning for all students and are indispensable for English Language Learners who benefit immensely from visual cues for academic concepts and vocabulary.

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The following are some helpful tips for creating and maximizing the quality and effectiveness of your anchor charts. A quality anchor chart is:

  • Relevant-Include only the most relevant/key information to keep from confusing students.
  • Clear-Make the chart as clear, neat, and organized as possible.
  • Focused-Stick to one focus per chart to avoid overwhelming students.
  • Evolving-Allow the chart to evolve throughout the course of a unit by adding information learned as the unit progresses.
  • Integral/Useful-Refer to the anchor chart frequently to model its use for students.
  • Prominent-Display the chart where in a prominent place in the classroom where all students can see it.
  • Current-Keep on display only charts that deal with what is currently being learned in order to eliminate clutter.
  • Vibrant-Make the anchor chart colorful and easily visible using dark colors.

Author: Esmeralda Alday, Bilingual/ESL Specialist, Region 13 ESC.

Newman, L. (2010, October). Anchor Charts: Making Thinking Visible. Retrieved from Expeditionary Learning: https://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/anchor_charts.pdf

Seger, W. (2009). Anchor Charts: The Environment as the Third Teacher. Retrieved from Cornerstone Literacy: http://www.palmbeachschools.org/ec/ElementaryCurriculum/documents/Reading_Elementary_AnchorCharts_Sept42009.doc

Harmon, K., Marzano, R.J., (2015). Practicing skills, strategies, & processes: Classroom techniques to help students develop proficiency. West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences International.

 

Breakout Sessions at ELL Institute 2015!

Come learn with us! The following breakout sessions are scheduled to be offered at the ELL Institute on Tuesday, November 3.  Join us after the much anticipated keynote session by Marie Moreno to engage with speakers and specialists from around Region 13 as they present on topics such as:

  • Helping Newcomers Succeed Across the Content Areas
  • Classroom Conversations
  • Multi-Sensory Vocabulary
  • Cross-Linguistic Strategies for Reading and Spelling
  • Teaching a Language Acquisition class: Accelerating the BICS
  • Math/Science Gestures and Motion
  • The Power of iPads
  • Differentiating Academic Tasks Using Foldables
  • Seven Steps for the Bilingual Classroom
  • Using the ELPS Resources to Meet the Needs of ELLs

Please make plans to join us for a full-day of interactive sessions, and lunch! See our flyer here: ELL_conference_2015 (1)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Cost: $135

eCampus: FA1531502

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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Hot Off the Press! ELPS Observation Guide Now Available for Order!

The ELPS Observation Guide is now available for order online at the Region 13 store! View the commercial by clicking below!

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ESL Specialists at Region 13 have created the ELPS Observation Guide to assist Instructional Leaders when observing teachers of ELLs in the classroom. Inside the guide, you can view video of an actual teacher observation while an instructional leader takes you step by step through every step of filling out the observation checklists provided (also available digitally). You will also find concise, concrete examples of instruction aligned to the ELPS demonstrating what you as an instructional leader should see when visiting classrooms.

Order your copy here: http://store.esc13.net/index.php/elps-observation-guide.html

 

NEW! ELPS Toolkit for Back to School, Ready for Purchase!

The long-awaited revamp of Region 13’s ELPS Toolkit has finally arrived! The ELPS Toolkit is designed to help teachers incorporate the ELPS in interactive and engaging ways to boost classroom instruction.

Each toolkit contains videos of strategies designed with English learners in mind, and it also contains an enhanced lesson planning template to guide teachers through the steps to ensure key components of Sheltered Instruction that are aligned to the ELPS are included when planning.

Teachers will be able to efficiently add the appropriate academic vocabulary, sentence stems, interactive strategies, and differentiated accommodations to meet the needs of ELLs.

Click on the image below to purchase yours today! View Region 13’s ELPS Toolkit commercial here.

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One Month Away! Register Now for the Sheltered Instruction Conference

Spots are quickly filling for Region 13’s Sheltered Instruction Conference on

Friday, August 14, 2015! Lunch provided!

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The conference will be a platform for both elementary and secondary educators to learn more about strategies that meet the needs of ELLs. Multiple speakers will present on engaging topics such as:

– Engaging Student Interaction
– Academic Vocabulary
– Literacy in the Content Classroom
– Working with Beginners/Newcomers/Ayleee/Refugees
– Structured Reading/Writing/Speaking Activities

And much more!

Our keynote speaker, Nancy Motley, is an educational consultant with John Seidlitz Education that will be speaking about literacy practices for ELLs to promote reading and writing in classrooms. Participants will be receiving her book, Talk, Read, Talk, Write: A Practical Approach to Learning in the Secondary Classroom.”

For more information, click here! SI-Conference

Date: August 14, 2015

Cost: $130 and includes lunch and a copy of Talk, Read, Talk, Write

eCampus: SU1528955

Registration Now Open for Sheltered Instruction Conference!

Region 13 ESC will be hosting the first Sheltered Instruction Conference on

Friday, August 14, 2015!

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The conference will be a platform for both elementary and secondary educators to learn more about strategies that meet the needs of ELLs. Multiple speakers will present on engaging topics such as:

– Engaging Student Interaction
– Academic Vocabulary
– Literacy in the Content Classroom
– Working with Beginners/Newcomers
– Differentiated Instruction
– Activating Background/Prior Knowledge
– Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs
– Structured Reading/Writing/Speaking Activities

And much more!

Our keynote speaker, Nancy Motley, is an educational
consultant with John Seidlitz Education that will be
speaking about literacy practices for ELLs to get them
reading and writing in classrooms. Participants will be
receiving her book, Talk, Read, Talk, Write: A Practical
Approach to Learning in the Secondary Classroom.”

For more information, click here! SI-Conference

Date: August 14, 2015

Cost: $130

eCampus: SU1528955

Call for Presenters: Sheltered Instruction Conference 2015

Region 13 ESC will be hosting the first Sheltered Instruction Conference on August 14, 2015! This conference will be a platform for elementary and secondary educators to learn more about strategies that meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). The application is now available for interested presenters to submit a proposal.

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We are accepting a variety of proposals that focus on best practices for ELLs. Sessions may focus on, but are not limited to:

– Engaging Student Interaction
– Academic Vocabulary
– Literacy in the Content Classroom
– Working with Beginners/Newcomers
– Differentiated Instruction
– Activating Background/Prior Knowledge
– Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs
– Structured Reading/Writing/Speaking Activities

To apply to be a Sheltered Instruction Conference presenter for 2015, please complete the application linked here.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Briggs at anna.briggs@esc13.txed.net