Discover how closer community ties improve outcomes for Hispanic ELLs

Throughout the US, bilingual and Spanish-speaking families now make up a big part of communities and school. As such, they also need to feel just as validated and important in both as does the dominant majority. In terms of schooling, the Magnet Schools of America Association suggests the following specific back-to-school family and community engagement goals that should be in place at the beginning of the school year:

  • Offer a variety of volunteer opportunities
  • Continuously celebrate families by having special events for the whole family, a family hall of fame and a bulletin board for parents
  • Survey parents and staff on a regular basis to determine school climate
  • Make the campus inviting to parents from the parking lot to the school’s interior

Along with helping Hispanic ESL kids, statistics show that ESL programs for their parents are great for them too. For example, an article about an Arkansas school district, one with a large number of children from at-risk families, states that programs involving parents and children in a family literacy program can be empowering for both.

The following articles from “The Latino Family Literacy Project” can help with other family and community engagement initiatives – in particular, those that focus on engaging the families of our Hispanic students.

The Benefits of ESL Programs for Hispanic Parents in Schools

Back to School Community and Family Engagement Goals

Image credit and excerpt from this post go to The Latino Family Literacy Project

Interested in learning how to better serve the language learners on your campus/district? Check out our Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement Conference

CIMA 2017 Unites Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE Educators!

The 2017 Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement will take place on November 6 & 7, 2017!

Packed with engaging breakout sessions, featured speakers, and a compelling keynote address, CIMA will empower teachers of language learners of all kinds.

Want to know more? Check out the CIMA website for general information regarding the conference – including information on our current list of presenters, and links to register!

Want to present? We’d love that. Submit a proposal!

Questions? Happy to help – email


Summer break? Time for some off-season training.

For many classroom teachers, summer break is well underway, and for some administrators and central office staff, a smaller break is just around the corner. Regardless of your role in the service of students acquiring English, the odds are good that the summer offerings by the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL team can help provide some additional expertise.

Space is still available in the majority of the workshops listed below – and while a couple have already taken place, it’s not too late to register for most.

Side-note: The price of the ELPS Toolkit and Observation Guide workshops each come with a copy of the resource ($60 value). The price has never been this low!

Questions? Email


Early June Conferences at ESC Region 13

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and some of the more, well, stressful things that occupy the brainspace of most educators will dissipate. That makes it a great time to explore some opportunities to focus on the one person you haven’t had much time for as of late. Namely, you!

Early June brings with it two great conference opportunities – the Elementary Extravaganza and the Leadership Symposium.  Both are fantastic opportunities. Click the links for details on either offering. We hope to see you there!


ESL Academy TOT

Interested in bringing the ESL Academy to your district?  The ESL Academy prepares teachers for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam.  Before attending the Trainer of Trainers, participants need to attend a three-day ESL Academy.

Steps to becoming an ESL Academy TOT:

Step 1 – Sign up and attend a three day ESL Academy

Next Region 13 ESL Academy February 6th, 13th, and 21st.

Step 2 – Sign up and attend the ESL Academy TOT

Next Region 13 TOT March 1st and 2nd

Please contact Allison Hand at with questions


ESL Academy

Do you have a teacher on a waiver? Do you want to set them up for success on their supplemental exam?  The ESL Academy prepares teachers to take the TeXeS 154 ESL Supplemental Exam.  This three day training covers the 10 competencies covered on the exam as well as providing opportunities for classroom application.

Who:  Teachers taking the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam

When: February 6th, 13th, and 21st

Sign-up for our next course at

Esperanza Trainings – space still available!

Building Spanish language skills for the native Spanish speaking student isn’t as easy as it might sound. In fact, it’s something many bilingual educators find difficult.  The bottom line is this: the way one goes about building initial literacy skills is different in Spanish than English!


Upcoming trainings on Esperanza, the Spanish language multisensory, structured language program for the Spanish speaking student, will be led by industry expert Elsa Cárdenas Hagan.  Designed for grades K-2, the goal of the Esperanza program is to systematically and cumulatively develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language so that they student can read, write, and spell in his/her primary language. Use the links below to discover more about each of the two trainings, and register before time runs out.


Esperanza (HOPE): Nov. 8-9: 

Esperanza: Lenguaje y Lectura (Nov. 10):

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: