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





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.

The Games People Play! Interactive Games that Promote Language Development in the Social Studies Classroom

This highly interactive session promotes reading, writing and student dialogue using academic language from multiple perspectives in the Social Studies classroom, based on the newly published book – Seven Steps to a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom co-authored by John Seidlitz and Bill Perryman.

Teachers will engage in activities adapted from the Seven Steps book:

H.S.I – Historical Scene Investigation
Few Clues Game
Debate and Structured Conversations

Bill Perryman is an award-winning teacher, recognized as “A Friend of Social Studies Education” in 2008 by the Texas Council of Social Studies. Mr. Perryman has taught and supervised students at the elementary, middle and university levels. In collaboration with John Seidlitz, Mr. Perryman co-developed the 7 Steps to Developing a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom methodology. Mr. Perryman holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Texas State University, and an Administrator/Mid-mangagement certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the keynote presenter He was the keynote presenter at the 2014 Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association (TSSSA) held in Austin, Texas.

Date: 11-19-14
Location: Region 13
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $80.00
Audience: K-8 Social Studies Teachers, K-8 Teachers supporting ELLs
Workshop ID: FA1429099

For more information about this workshop contact Rachel Hernandez, Region 13 Social Studies Education Specialist, or 512.919.5425.

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:

RtI for Secondary English Language Learners


Report cards are coming out soon!

The data collected thus far may be indicating Secondary ELLs are struggling.

Come join the RtI professional development

on Monday, October 27th.

Get the interventions that increase levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning now!

Each participant will receive a RTI & ELL foldable

Make plans to attend the ELL Institute on Tuesday, November 4th!

Break sessions will cover many hot topics, like ways to help long-term ELLs, ELLs with dyslexia, formative assessments that target vocabulary development, techniques for increasing the readability of texts for ELL students, technology resources, and much more.

So don’t miss out, sign-up today!

ELL Institute 2014 (FA1428958)




Writing Supports for English Language Learners

Learning effective writing techniques are among the most challenging academic skills students face. How then do teachers prepare English Language Learners, who are already faced with language challenges, for this formidable task? The key lies in structuring writing assignments in such a way that students acquire necessary academic language while simultaneously building deeper understanding of the concepts surrounding the given writing prompt. In simple terms, teachers scaffold.

Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs” models persuasive argument lessons geared for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level ELLs, including appropriate language scaffolds for each level. The article also addresses some do’s and don’ts in regard to close reading, argument, vocabulary, and grammar for English Language Learners.


Ferlazzo, Larry, and Katie Hull-Sypnieski. “Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs.” Educational Leadership 71.7 (2014): 46-52.