Simple Exercises to Improve ELL Reading Skills

Most people (including many educators) see learning to read as something that happens in lower elementary grades. However, the vast majority of students, and ELLs in particular, need additional support in developing reading skills.

This article by Douglas Magrath shared in NABE Weekly eNews provides simple strategies to target reading skills that not only improve basic comprehension but also the ability of students to think deeply about a text–something particularly difficult for students reading in a foreign language.


Please click below to read more!

Long Term ELL Training: February 26, 2015

Long Term English Language Learners (LTELLs) represent a growing number of struggling language learners in Texas. These students show significant gaps in their schooling, and have unique literacy and linguistic needs that are different from recent arrival ELLs. LTELLs’ number of years in US schools can also pose a challenge with regard to the latest accountability measures. If your school district has seen an increase in your LTELL population, this workshop will provide participants with the background knowledge and tools for reaching the needs of these learners.

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Date: February 26, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Presenter: Anna Briggs

Cost: $80

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Free K-12 Teacher Resources via TASA @ iTunes U!

Did you know that K-12 instructional resources are available at your fingertips via iTunes U? TASA (Texas Association for School Administrators) have released new courses targeting all levels of grades and content areas, all available for free! Click here to see more, or just search for TASA at iTunes U within your iTunes app.
New courses include:
Early Elementary (Grades K-2)
Literacy; Mathematics; Science
Intermediate Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Literacy; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies
Middle School
English Language Arts and Reading—Grade 6; Social Studies—Grade 7; Technology Applications
High School
Business & Industry; Integrating Arts in Business; Literary Genres; Mathematical Models with Applications (Revised 2012 TEKS); Public Services; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Sheltered Instruction Training with John Seidlitz: Feb 9-10

Hurry, seats are filling up fast! Don’t miss out on your chance to join John Seidlitz here at Region 13 for two days of Sheltered Instruction training on February 9th and 10th. Registration will close at the end of next week (February 6th), so please click below for more information and to register for the workshop. 

We look forward to seeing you here at Region 13!


Workshop: Promoting Biliteracy in a Bilingual Classroom

During this training we will be promoting biliteracy-reading and writing in Spanish and English. You will be introduced to research on biliteracy, given a framework for planning through balanced literacy, and offered dynamic, research based, strategies. These strategies can be also adapted and applied to biliteracy contexts in which languages other than Spanish and English are used.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Region 13 ESC. Please see the link below for more information and to register. 

Cost: $80

Workshop ID: FA1430812

Presenter: Ivonne Santiago



Writing Ideas from Gretchen Bernabei

GRETCHEN BERNABEI has taught grades 6-12 in San Antonio public schools for more than 20 years and now conducts writing workshops for enthusiastic teacher audiences across the country. Her popular new book, Reviving the Essay, is going into its fourth printing. She co-authored, with Barry Lane, Why We Must Run with Scissors and recently helped create The Good Writer’s Kit for National Geographic School Publishing.   

Visit her blog where she posts her materials for free!

Upcoming Bilingual/ESL Workshops!

Join our team of specialists in November and December for these interactive learning opportunities to meet the needs of your ELLs!

Workshops are available for a variety of target audiences, including Bilingual, ESL, and Content-Area teachers, as well as district administrators.