Happy Holidays from the ELL EDvocate

As the fall semester comes to a close, teachers and students are packing up for a much needed winter break. It’s good to be away from the classroom for a couple of weeks and spend time with family and friends, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop learning.

Research suggests that students are less likely to regress when they continue reading and writing during breaks. Keeping these skills sharp is important for all students, especially our English Language Learners. For more ideas on how you can support students and their families at home, read  here and here.

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ESL Academy ToT



This two-day workshop will be the trainer of trainers (TOT) course for the ESL Academy. The ESL Academy is a 3-day preparation course to prepare teachers  for the TExES 154 Supplemental. Participants in the TOT will need to have attended an ESL Academy at Region 13 to get an introduction to the material.

Registration fee will provide access to:

  • PowerPoints
  • Presenter notes
  • Access to supplementary material on LiveBinder
  • Training materials to conduct the training in their own district

Click here to register.

What: ESL Academy TOT

Who: Potential Trainers of the ESL Academy

When: January 17-18 from 9am-4pm

Where: ESC Region 13, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723

ELPS Toolkit and Observation Guide


ELPS Toolkit


The revised ELPS Toolkit is your convenient and comprehensive resource for effective lesson development. It is designed to help teachers incorporate the ELPS when planning lessons and delivering instruction. This interactive training will provide you with the tools that you need to seamlessly incorporate the ELPS Toolkit into your lesson design to help you meet the instructional needs of your ELL students!
Designed with English language learners (ELLs) in mind, the ELPS Toolkit illustrates concepts aligned with Sheltered Instruction such as creating language objectives, accessing prior knowledge, building vocabulary and concept knowledge, engaging students with interaction, teaching learning strategies, and assessing student progress.
All participants will receive a copy of the new ELPS Toolkit ($60) with this registration! If you already have a copy, but would like to attend the training, please contact Seth Herrington (seth.herrington@esc13.txed.net)

What: ELPS Toolkit Training (SP1838116)

Who: Teachers of ELLs

When: January 15, 2018 9am-12pm

Where: ESC Region 13, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723


ELPS Observation Guide


Instructional leaders must be able to discern quickly whether teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) are delivering instruction that meets student needs. The ELPS Observation Guide will help you do exactly that, by giving you concise, concrete examples of instruction aligned to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). As an instructional leader, this will familiarize you with what you should be seeing when visiting classrooms.

This training will walk participants through the guide and allow them the opportunity to practice using the tools therein. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to use the guide with confidence to improve outcomes for the ELLs they serve.

Click here to register.

What: ELPS Observation Guide Training (SP1838115)

Who: Administrators, Instructional Coaches, and anyone seeking to empower the teachers of ELLs.

When: January 16th, 2018 9am-4pm

Guided Reading for the Bilingual Classroom: Advanced Training

Implementing guided reading is complex, especially for the bilingual teacher.

Seeking an opportunity to improve your guided reading instruction? This workshop is designed for bilingual teachers who are familiar with the basics of implementing guided reading in the bilingual classroom and are ready to take things to the next level. We’ll look at strategic/dynamic grouping, maximizing language acquisition within the guided reading context, miscue analysis in Spanish and English, and much more!

All participants will also receive resources to help them effectively implement guided reading in the bilingual classroom.

Register here.

What: Guided Reading for the Bilingual Classroom: Advanced Training (SP1837732)

Who: Bilingual Teachers

When: January 11, 2018  -9am-4pm

WhereESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 7872

For more information on workshop specifics, please contact seth.herrington@esc13.txed.net

7 Components for Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations

From The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families comes a resource for schools and organizations looking to develop their cultural competency. Whether starting from scratch or looking to improve your existing service, these seven components provide a foundation to create programs that meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population.

Read more here and here

Quote and Image credits go to the hispanicresearchcenter.org and  childtrends.org

December LPAC At-A-Glance

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. Are you rejuvenated? Are you ready for some cooler weather?  Before winter break,  be sure to check in on all of our hardworking ELLs!

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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The Importance of Early Gestures

“Kids who convey more meanings with gestures around 1 year will have much larger vocabularies at around the 2 year point than those who convey fewer meanings.”

The Latino Family Literacy Project has shared several articles about vocabulary and how it relates to school success.

Findings in the article “Children’s Early Gestures Have Important Link to School Preparedness”  suggest that ‘kids who convey more meanings with gestures around 1 year will have much larger vocabularies at around the 2 year point than those who convey fewer meanings” -compelling information when considering best practice for early childhood language development.

Click here to read more articles about supporting early development of gestures and L1 practice at home.

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Quote and link credits go to latinoliteracy.com.

Literacy Workshop for Emergent Bilinguals

This course will provide teachers of grade 4 and up with systems and strategies for creating a successful workshop style classroom for emergent bilinguals at all levels of proficiency. While the focus of the workshop is on writing, participants will learn about how to leverage each language domain to develop the writing of language learners at all levels but especially those students at the beginning and/or intermediate level of writing.

Who: Classroom teachers -4th grade and up

What: Literacy Workshop for Emergent Bilinguals (FA1738294) with Bilingual/ESL Specialist Cody Fernandez

When: 9am-4pm on December 6, 2017

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723 

Register on E-Campus  here.

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ARD/LPAC Collaboration: Serving ELL Students with Disabilities

ARD/LPAC  collaboration is crucial to the program design and implementation of services for students being served by Special Education and Special Language programs.  In this training, participants will receive an overview of the identification and exit processes for English Language Learners receiving Special Education services.

What: ARD/LPAC Collaboration: Serving ELL Students with Disabilities (FA1738380)

When: 9am-3pm November 27th

Where: Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723

Register on E-Campus here.

5 Strategies for Increasing Engagement with ELL Families

“With schools adding as many as 100,000 new English language learners each year, educators need to get strategic not only about the way they teach students, but about how they communicate to families as well. “

We are always looking for new  ways to support our ELLs with our lesson plans, activities, procedures and routines. We know that investment in building an authentic and language-rich learning environment plays dividends with our ELLs, but what are some ways to support our students at home? These 5 strategies are here to help.

Article and Photo credit go to Stephen Noonoo for the thejournal.com