On February 12th -Effective EL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

Join us in discovering ways to transform your classroom by enhancing participation and quickly assessing the learning of your EL students! 

This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1838895)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning in all content areas while meeting the diverse needs of your EL population. Not only will you explore a variety of effective engagement activities, but you will also discover how to incorporate quick formative assessments throughout your lesson that will provide the information necessary to increase your students’ success.

Please bring the upcoming unit of study for your content area(s).

*This training and the training titled Strategies that Advance ELs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1838895) are best taken in sequence as they complement each other, but it is not required.

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What: Effective EL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies (SP1939845)

Who:  Instructional Coaches and Teachers of ELLs.

When: February 12, 2019 9am-4pm

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Title III -Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool

Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
New resources are being developed to support ESCs and LEAs as they implement activities to support Title III.

The Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool can be downloaded here.

This Title III, Part A: Increasing and Strengthening Family Engagement & Community Engagement resource details how Title III, Part A-funded local educational agencies (LEAs) and ESCs (Fiscal Agents) are required to provide supplemental parent outreach training and activities, family outreach and training and family literacy services, and community participation programs to English learners (ELs), immigrant students, and their families.

Title III, Part A, Section 3115 (a) and (c)(3)(A)(B) requires engagement activities for parents, family, and community. This resource tool outlines best practices for:

• Family Engagement Activities; and
• Community Engagement Activities

Find more here.

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On February 27th, Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension

Are you a bilingual educator who would like to transform your guided reading sessions and boost students’ comprehension?

If so, please join us as we reflect and broaden our understanding of comprehension strategies that build students’ confidence and competence, as they become more strategic readers. We will highlight several effective learning activities and discuss how to scaffold them for different reading levels. These effective, research-based practices can be implemented the next day to further support the diverse needs of your bilingual students.

What: Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension (SP1940877)

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When: February 27th, 2019 9am-4pm

 

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Planning to Take the TEXES 154 ESL Supplemental? Join us for ESL Academy -Feb. 19-21

Upcoming ESL Academy Opportunities

Do you have staff who need to to prepare for the TEXES 154 ESL certification exam? We offer an ESL Academy here at the Region 13 ESC  in February.

What: ESL Academy (SP1939306)

Who: Teachers of ELs

When: February 19-21, 2019

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

Register HERE.

 

Looking to attend an ESL Academy right away?

Try the ESL Academy Online.

This self directed online course provides a foundation for understanding language acquisition and explores best practices in ESL instruction while preparing participants for the TExES exam #154: English as a Second Language Supplemental.

The online course includes a copy of the ESL Academy Notebook. ($60 value) The notebook includes examples to support participants’ understanding of the 10 Competencies for the exam, as well as several embedded practice questions, and a practice exam to assist the participants in continued studying prior to their taking the TExES #154. Learn more about the ESL Academy Notebook here. After you register for this course you will be contacted so we can confirm your shipping address.

An electronic copy is also provided in the course so you can get started right away, but we do recommend using the printed copy for this review course.

If you do not wish to receive the printed ESL Academy Notebook, please be sure to opt-out by using the following promotional code during checkout: ESLOPTOUT

When you opt-out, your registration fee will be adjusted to $240.

What: ESL Academy Online (FA1635950)

Who: Teachers of ELs

When: Access anytime

Where: Online

Register HERE.

 

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Distinguished Speaker Dr. Luis Urrieta on Family and Community -May 23

Overview:

This workshop will explore how cultural communities, especially of Latina/o/x ancestry, construct meaning around such concepts as familia and comunidad, especially how knowledge and learning is produced in these contexts. Familia and comunidad-based saberes, in this workshop refers to complex “knowings” or “understandings” of the world, tied to familia and comunidad knowledge(s), but also encompassing larger social, natural, and spiritual well-being. The goal of the workshop is to help educators understand how familia and comunidad must be understood as verbs in schools and in classroom life in order to better leverage the cultural and linguistic knowledge possessed by minoritized communities and form authentic relationships with their families and communities.

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What: Distinguished Speaker Dr. Luis Urrieta: Familia and Comunidad-based Saberes: Understanding and challenging school/community binaries (SP1939335)

Who: All who serve Bilingual/ESL

When: May 23, 2019  9 a.m. – 4 p.m

 

Family and community engagement is critical for our emergent bilinguals. So here at Region 13, we have compiled a short list of some powerful resources available to help your district or campus plan for strong family and community engagement. Check them out!

https://youth.gov/youth-topics/family-and-community-engagement

https://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

https://nafsce.org/page/Resources

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/critical-practices-for-antibias-education/family-and-community-engagement

 

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Writing to learn and writing to publish for English Learners: How to get ready for STAAR and TELPAS

Learn how these two approaches to writing differ and why they are both necessary for your English Learners. Participants will walk away with some solid strategies and ideas that encourage and support writing every day in every content. They will also get to explore the cross linguistic connections that are essential to supporting English Learners with their writing.

What: Writing to learn and writing to publish for English Learners: How to get ready for STAAR and TELPAS (SP1939753)

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When: February 14th, 2019 9am-4pm

 

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ELPS Toolkit and Observation Guide on Jan. 29-30

 

ELPS Toolkit

Overview:

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 Daniel Schaetz (daniel.schaetz@esc13.txed.net)

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What: ELPS Toolkit Training (SP1939925)

Who: Teachers of ELLs

When: January 29, 2019 8am-3pm

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

 

ELPS Observation Guide

Overview:

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.

All participants will receive a copy of the new ELPS Observation Guide ($60) with this registration! If you already have a copy, but would like to attend the training, please contact Daniel Schaetz (daniel.schaetz@esc13.txed.net)

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What: ELPS Observation Guide Training (SP1939924)

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

When: January 30th, 2019 8am-3pm

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Down’s syndrome no bar to bilingualism, study suggests

“The small-scale research by Bangor University compared the development of children with Down’s syndrome who speak Welsh and English and those living in English-only homes.

Its initial conclusions suggested their English skills were at a similar level.

Researchers said the research may be relevant to other languages too.

The researchers spoke to 32 families who have a child with Down’s syndrome – 14 spoke English and Welsh while the remainder spoke English only…”

Read more here.

Article appears at BBC.com

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Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension

Are you a bilingual educator who would like to transform your guided reading sessions and boost students’ comprehension?

If so, please join us as we reflect and broaden our understanding of comprehension strategies that build students’ confidence and competence, as they become more strategic readers. We will highlight several effective learning activities and discuss how to scaffold them for different reading levels. These effective, research-based practices can be implemented the next day to further support the diverse needs of your bilingual students.

What: Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension (SP1940877)

Register HERE .

When: February 5th, 2019 9am-4pm

 

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