MakerHappen Workshop, November 18th

Join the Maker Movement!

Come and make it! Let us introduce you to making the Maker 13 way. Our philosophy takes the Maker Movement and gives teachers the tools to MakerHappen.  Your Space need not be defined by the tools inside, but by what it enables… making! So, don’t let big budget materials, lack of programming, or large organizational issues hold you back. Come make, and let us show you how together, we can MakerHappen.

Participants will receive a copy of the Region 13 first edition  MakerHappen manual and teacher document tools.

Register at ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=34456

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: http://bit.ly/r13esperanza 

Esperanza: Lenguaje y Lectura (Nov. 10): http://bit.ly/r13lectura

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 https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html for Teaching Literacy Through the Content Area in a Bilingual Classroom (FA1634757)

ESL Academy ONLINE!

ESLAcademy

We are excited to announce an online ESL Academy course to prepare teachers for the TExES 154 ESL Supplemental Exam.  Only $199 during the month of October!

Participants can work through the material at their own pace.  The course is a blended model of reading material, video, and online interactive activities.  Sign up on the Region 13 E-campus.

PD Opportunity: Literacy through the Content Area in a Bilingual Classroom

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 https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html 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 https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.html for the ESL Academy (FA1634592)

Fall 2016 Bilingual/ESL Training Opportunities!

The Bilingual/ESL team at Region 13 invites you to view our latest professional development offerings for the remainder of the fall! Please see our new flyer for upcoming sessions: 2016_ell_bilingual_flyer

All courses are available for registration on eCampus. A few highlights for September include:

Sheltered Instruction – September 21 from 9-4pm

This session will dive into the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to help teachers plan their instruction for English language learners.  If you are an ESL teacher or a core content teacher with ELLs in your classroom, then Sheltered Instruction knowledge is necessary for you to learn the skills to make content comprehensible and develop academic language for your students. Come learn how to make your classroom a language rich environment that ensures students are acquiring English while learning your content.  We will focus on strategies to increase students reading proficiency and writing skills across all content areas.

 

Strategies for Building Success in Dual Language Classrooms – September 28 from 9-12pm

If you teach in a One-Way or Two-Way Dual Language classroom then this is the training for you! Join us in discovering ways to transform your classroom by enhancing participation and increasing learning in both languages. Some of the topics that will be covered include: cross-content planning, cooperative learning, and academic vocabulary just to name a few. This training will be filled with tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use to facilitate learning and meet the diverse needs of your students.

 

Secondary ESL Teacher Support – September 29 from 9-12pm   

The Secondary ESL Teacher Support series is for teachers at middle and high schools who are teaching ESOL 1, ESOL 2, ESL/ELA, or an ESL Reading course.

These will be collaborative sessions where information about ESL students and classes will be shared, as well as time to work with like-minded teachers serving this population of students.  This is an opportunity to delve into the TEKS and ELPS, and plan appropriate lessons to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students!

Bring your Year-at-Glance documents, TEKS, and materials used in your class needed to lesson plan.

ESL Supplemental #154 Review This Saturday!

Need a refresher before taking the ESL Supplemental #154 Exam? Come join Ivonne Santiago at Region 13 for a one day study session to get you ready to rock the test! ESL #154 Supplemental Review will be this Saturday, September 10th, from 9am to 4pm at Region 13.

Sign up now, seats are going fast!
Sign up on Region 13’s eCampus, course #: FA1634624
https://ecampus.esc13.net/login.htm

English Language Resources

Happy Wednesday! Check out these great instructional resources for your ELLs! You will see a range of information that is great for ELLs of all ages, early childhood through adult:

The Effortless English Blog: This site contains hundreds of free resources, videos and podcasts.  http://effortlessenglishclub.com/blog-and-video-podcast 

LearnEnglish Kids: Free online games to help children learn English the fun way.  http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

English Grammar Basics: 30 lessons on the principles of English grammar.  http://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/grammar.aspx

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