Don’t Miss Out on this PD Opportunity!

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 for Teaching Literacy Through the Content Area in a Bilingual Classroom (FA1634757)

Upcoming ESL Academy

Can we meet your needs?  Are you…

  • preparing for the TExES 154 English as a Second Language Supplemental Exam
  • in need of help studying and understanding what to expect on the TExES 154 test
  • supporting teachers who need to take the TExES 154 exam
  • wanting to become an ESL Academy Trainer

The three-day ESL Academy prepares teachers for the TExES 154 English as a Second Language Supplemental Exam as well as providing opportunities to participate in ESL strategies that can be implemented in their classroom.  The Academy will walk through the ten competencies, embed test question practice, and provide additional resources for studying.  Come join us at Region 13, October 3rd, 10th, and 17th!

Register online at for the ESL Academy (FA1634592)

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!


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:


You still have time to register…Don’t Miss Out!!

Upcoming Sheltered Instruction webinar series.

Are you seeking interactive and at-your-fingertips methods for increasing engagement for your ELL students? This five part webinar series will cover the key components of sheltered instruction to make content comprehensible for ELLs.  Throughout the series, participants will receive information about requirements, practical classroom application of strategies, as well as a variety of easy-to-use resources.  During the course of the series, teachers will also create a model sheltered lesson plan for their classroom.  Live webinars will be held weekly and will last approximately one hour.  The following topics will be covered:

April 7, 2015- Webinar 1:  The ELPS and Differentiating Instruction

April 14, 2015- Webinar 2:  Developing Academic Language

April 21, 2015- Webinar 3:  Accessing Prior Knowledge and Building Vocabulary

April 28, 2015- Webinar 4:  Student Interaction

May 5, 2015- Webinar 5:  Learning Strategies and Assessments

Price: $150, includes ALL five webinars.

Time:  Every Tuesday between April 7-May 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Location:  Anywhere that you have access to a computer and reliable internet.

Please register at for the class Sheltered Instruction Webinar Series (SP1531487).

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

eCampus# SP1531251

New Year’s Resolution: Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp

Is your New Year’s Resolution to ensure your school is in compliance with Sheltered Instruction?  OR do you want to help ESL students in your class who are struggling with English?

We can help you meet your goal!  Join us for Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp on January 19th and 20th.  Along with interactive language learning strategies, this workshop takes a two day intensive look at lesson planning for English Language Learners at the secondary level.

Sign up at:

Workshop Number: SP1530151

Sheltered Instruction Training with John Seidlitz: Feb 9-10

As you prepare for winter break, don’t forget to register for this dynamic and interactive Sheltered Instruction Plus training with John Seidlitz in the new year. John will be here at Region 13 on February 9-10, 2015 for this two-day training.

Cost: $230.

Click below for more information:

Upcoming January Bilingual/ESL Workshops

The Bilingual/ESL team invites you to attend any of our upcoming January 2015 training opportunities in the new year! We have a variety of workshops on Sheltered Instruction, Literacy, RtI, Secondary Asylee/Refugee, and training on the  ELPS Instructional Tool. Please click on the image or link below for detailed information and links to register.

Happy Holidays!

Literacy for ELLs in the Secondary Content-Area Classroom

Join us next week for an interactive and informative workshop to meet the literacy needs of ELLs in secondary classrooms! We will discuss and model reading and writing strategies that can be easily adapted for the English Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies content areas. 

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 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: FA1430171

Presenter: Anna Briggs





ELL Institute

The ELL Institute is filling up fast, so register today!

Great news! There will be vendors this year giving out door prizes!!

What are the break out sessions?

Here is the list divided up by elementary and secondary: