World Languages Series

World Languages Series

LEADERSHIP

ELs in Texas: What Administrators Need to Know (Featured Session)

Audience: Campus and District Leaders

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): John Seidlitz, CEO of Seidlitz Education (Felicia Dillard is contact)

Course Description: What does an administrator need to know in order to increase EL achievement? This session, led by  EL expert John Seidlitz, will equip administrators to provide high-quality instructional leadership for their staff and English Learners. Administrators will discover a heart for working with ELs while acquiring a working knowledge of language objectives, linguistic accommodations and language practice opportunities for students. Participants will receive the book ELLs in Texas: What Administrators Need to Know.

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EL Data Driven Instruction

Audience: Administrators for 4th - 11th Grade

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Cassandra Perez, World Languages Director; Grace del Valle, World Languages Coordinator; Terisita Gaytan, PEIMS Clerk

Course Description: Create databases of EL students to drive instruction. Group EL students by proficiency level to implement small group instruction. Determine and monitor classroom and testing accommodations for EL students.

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Welcoming Newcomers K-12

Audience: Any Teacher or Leader who may have Newcomer students

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Jeff Cowman and Virginia Lowe, Instructional Interventionists in the World Languages Dept.

Course Description: Participants will explore proven strategies and practical resources that can be implemented immediately to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning. Designed for PK-12 Teachers, Administrators, Deans, Instructional Coaches, and other practitioners who support newcomer students and their families, such as Counselors and Family Liaisons.

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LITERACY  

38 Great Academic Language Builders for Elementary (Featured Session)

Audience: Elementary Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Anna Matis from Seidletz Education (contact is Felicia Dillard)

Course Description: This interactive session, facilitated by Ana Matis of Seidletz Education, offers effective strategies that can be used to build academic vocabulary in an authentic and engaging way. Teachers will experience the strategies as a learner, which will support implementation in the classroom. Participants will also receive a copy of the book titled 38 Great Academic Language Builders!

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38 Great Academic Language Builders for Secondary (Featured Session)

Audience: Secondary Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Anna Matis from Seidletz Education (contact is Felicia Dillard)

Course Description: This interactive session, facilitated by Ana Matis of Seidletz Education, offers effective strategies that can be used to build academic vocabulary in an authentic and engaging way. Teachers will experience the strategies as a learner, which will support implementation in the classroom. Participants will also receive a copy of the book titled 38 Great Academic Language Builders!

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Bilingual Teacher Institute: Language Across Content Areas in the 3rd-6th Classroom (Featured Session)

Audience: 3rd through 6th-grade Bilingual Teachers

Credit Hours: 18

Presenter(s): AISD World Languages Specialists

Course Description: This institute will provide opportunities for 3rd–6th grade bilingual teachers to learn current research and language acquisition practices to implement in the bilingual classroom across content areas. Participants must be bilingual teachers in these grade levels. Each teacher must commit to successfully complete the institute in its entirety. During the institute, participants will explore authentic approaches and strategies for effective teaching. Standardization of current practices in AISD 3rd-6th bilingual classrooms will also be addressed, including exploration of the new standards.

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Language Builders for LOTE: Activities for an Interactive Foreign Language Classroom (Featured Session)

Audience: LOTE - Foreign Language Teachers

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Anna Matis, Seidlitz Education (Felicia Dillard is contact)

Course Description: This interactive session, facilitated by Anna Matis of Seidlitz Education, offers effective strategies that can be used to build target language vocabulary as well as reading, writing and conversational skills in an authentic and engaging way. Participants will participate in interactive strategies to enhance the acquisition of target language input as well as the production of target language output.  The strategies from "7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom" will be discussed and practiced through the following categories: Conversations in the Target Language, Reading & Writing in the Target Language, and Vocabulary Strategies.

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Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning for EL's (Featured Session)

Audience:  All Educators

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Dr. Sonia Soltero,  Associate Professor, DePaul University (Doris Campbell is contact)

Course Description: Dr. Sonia Soltero, Associate Professor at DePaul University will lead discussions on how teaching and learning practices, when combined with high expectations, results in the most positive education outcomes for EL's.  Participants will be introduced to several types of classroom practices that support EL's language and literacy development, such as teaching for transfer and the use of scaffolding approaches. Participants will be able to describe culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate instructional approaches that help EL's access content area knowledge and support their academic language acquisition.

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Rapid Literacy: ELL Strategies for Secondary Emergent Readers (Featured Session)

Audience: 6th - 12th grade content area teachers who have English Learners in their classrooms

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Carol Salva, Seidlitz Education (Felicia Dillard is contact)

Course Description: Do you serve English Learners who struggle to decode text at grade level? This interactive session, facilitated by  Carol Salva (author and presenter for Seidlitz Education), will teach practical methods to accelerate literacy and boost achievement. Experience strategies that are based upon research, as well as Carol's classroom experience.

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Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of Elementary ELLs (Featured Session)

Audience: Elementary Educators

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Dr. Stephen Fleenor, Seidletz Education (Felicia Dillard is contact)

Course Description: This session, facilitated by Dr. Stephen Fleenor with Seidletz Education, is a must for any teacher serving English Learners (ELs)! Educators will explore the meaning of sheltered instruction with research-based strategies. Participants will experience simulation of high-quality instruction, explore elements of implementing a sheltered approach, discover engaging ways to integrate ELPS into content-area lessons, and understand ways to linguistically accommodate instruction and assessment. Participants will receive the book titled Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs!

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Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of Secondary ELLs (Featured Session)

Audience: Secondary Educators

Credit Hours: 6

Presenter(s): Dr. Stephen Fleenor, Seidletz Education (Felicia Dillard is contact)

Course Description: This session, facilitated by Dr. Stephen Fleenor with Seidletz Education, is a must for any teacher serving English Learners (ELs)! Educators will explore the meaning of sheltered instruction with research based strategies. Participants will experience simulation of high quality instruction, explore elements of implementing a sheltered approach, discover engaging ways to integrate ELPS into content-area lessons, and understand ways to linguistically accommodate instruction and assessment. Participants will receive the book titled Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs!

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¡Toma la palabra! (Featured Session)

Audience: KG - 6th Grade Teachers and Campus Leaders

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Aloise Miller, Seidlitz Education; Elementary Instructional Specialist, World Languages (Contact is Hildelisa Diaz)

Course Description: Aloise Miller from Seidlitz Education, will lead this session entirely in Spanish. Participants will explore the essential components of the bilingual classroom to set a culture of high-expectations and value of bilingualism. Participants will engage in activities for the development of oracy and literacy, embedded within the seven steps to a language-rich interactive classroom. By the end of the session, participants will be able to use a variety of resources included in the book ¡Toma la palabra! Enlazando la oralidad y la lectoescritura by Monica Lara.

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Mapping EL's Student Growth through Data Driven Instruction

Audience: 3rd - 6th grade Bilingual/ESL teachers, GT teachers, Instructional Coaches

Credit Hours: 3

Presenter(s): Maria Luna and Virginia Lowe, Title III EL  Instructional Interventionists

Course Description: Data-driven instruction provides a differentiated framework for collecting, analyzing and reflecting upon relevant student data. Participants in this session will explore key district resources that house data and discuss practical steps in matching data to instruction, student interventions and goal settings. Participants will also receive a suggested instructional timeline that aligns interventions to assessments.

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