Summer ELAR Professional Development Opportunities

TEA-gatewayAre you looking for a way to support middle school readers who are struggling?

Do you need a deeper understanding of the English Language Proficiency Standards?

TEA has released two online courses in the Texas Gateway.

TALA Tiers II & III

The Online Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA) prepare middle school teachers to design appropriate instruction for all students, including those who struggle with reading due to limited English proficiency, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other risk factors for reading difficulties. TALA Tiers II & III is designed specifically for grades 6–8 English language arts and reading teachers. It includes instructions for administering the Texas Middle School Fluency Assessment (TMSFA), interpreting results of the TMSFA, and providing intensive interventions for struggling adolescent readers. Participants who successfully complete all modules and the assessment earn 10 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Participants may join the course at the following URL:

http://www.texascourses.org/courses/course-v1:TexasGateway+TALA2+2016_T1/about

ELPS Academy

ELPS Academy is designed to assist participants in understanding how the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) provide cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills for listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Participants will also examine a common framework to follow when working with English language learners in content-area classrooms. Participants who successfully complete all modules and the assessment will earn three continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Participants may join these courses by visiting the Gateway Courses page. Contact us at txgateway@tea.texas.gov for additional information or assistance.

If you need assistance or have any additional questions, please contact us at txgateway@tea.texas.gov.

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