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March 14, 2013

Spotlight

SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels New!

Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers’ guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning.
Learn more and watch a video clip.

Professional Development

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools, and they help teachers develop classrooms activities that target the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards. Join CAL this summer in DC.

May 20-21, 2013

Spanish Literacy Institute

June 3-5, 2013

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? Training of Trainers

June 24-26, 2013

Hot Topics in ELL Education

June 27-28, 2013

Multiculturalism in the Classroom

July 8-11, 2013

SIOP Training of Trainers

July 12, 2013

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners: Grades K-12

August 6-8, 2013

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? Direct Strategies

Visit our website to learn more and register.


Hot Topics in ELL Education: Professional Development Services
Listening and Speaking coverCAL’s Hot Topics in ELL Education workshops are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education. Resources used in our workshops, including authentic classroom videos, are also available for purchase as knowledge-building resources for educators. Learn more.


Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
CAL collaborates with schools and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for adult language learners.
Visit our website to learn more.


Online Surveys

The State of Applied Linguistics: Preliminary Results of a Nationwide Survey
What is being taught and learned in applied linguistics programs? What is the future of the field of applied linguistics? These are some of the critical questions being addressed by a CAL-funded survey of the state of applied linguistics. CAL staff are currently surveying faculty members and graduate students in applied linguistics and its subfields (e.g., Teaching English as a Second Language, second language studies) and will be presenting preliminary results at the Association of Applied Linguistics annual conference in Dallas in March.

Graduate students and faculty members in the field of applied linguistics are welcome to complete the survey. Furthermore, please forward the links to these surveys (provided in the link below) to any of your colleagues in the field–student or faculty. Broad participation is key to the generalizability of our findings. Learn more.


Assessment Needs Surveys
The Center for Applied Linguistics is conducting online survey research on the assessment needs of language teacher educators and second language acquisition (SLA) researchers. This research seeks to define the current assessment knowledge and practices of language teacher educators and SLA researchers. We also hope to identify their needs and hopes for future resources that would provide assessment information and training.

CAL welcomes your contributions to this research and invites you to complete one or both of these surveys. The surveys are voluntary and anonymous, and will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating, please click on the appropriate link below. Each link will take you directly to the related survey.

Assessment Needs Survey: Language Teacher Educators

Assessment Needs Survey: Second Language Acquisition Researchers


Featured Publications

The following materials are featured in related CAL Institutes this summer in Washington, DC.

Publication: Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You AreConnecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are
Connecting Diverse Cultures features practical and effective activity plans designed to help facilitators, teachers, and trainers increase understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs. Developed as a companion to the DVD Refugee Families and Youth in the United States, this practical and informative guide incorporates segments of the video into engaging activities.
Learn more about the materials.
Read about the institute.

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners coverHot Topics in ELL Education: Professional Development Resources
CAL’s professional development workshops and materials are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education. The first two offerings in the series help teachers provide instruction that targets the demands of the Common Core State Standards from the start for learners at the early levels of English language proficiency.


Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners

Learn more about the materials.
Read about the institute.

Publication: New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, 2nd Edition
This updated and expanded professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the SIOP Model. By incorporating this instructional model in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Learn more about the materials.
Read about the institute.

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? coverWhat’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
This resource provides teacher trainers and other educators with a research-based curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach reading in classes where some or all of the students are English language learners. This widely used professional development tool includes a comprehensive trainer’s manual, a study guide designed for use by individual teachers, and a DVD of the popular video, Why Reading Is Hard.
Learn more about the materials.
Read about the institutes.


Conference Update

CAL Conference Presentations

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the following conferences in March 2013.

AAAL 2013 Conference
March 16-19, 2013 ♦ Dallas, Texas

Look for our table at AAAL.

View CAL staff presentations at AAAL 2013.

TESOL 2013 International Convention & English Language Expo
March 20-23, 2013 ♦ Dallas, Texas

Visit us at booth #404.

View CAL staff presentations at TESOL 2013.


Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference
September 5 - 7, 2013 ♦ University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

CAL is a proud sponsor of this international conference focusing on language policy and planning.
Learn more.


WIDA 2013 National Conference
Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths
October 17-19, 2013 ♦ Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WIDA's annual conference will provide PreK through grade 12 educators of language learners opportunities for professional development, idea sharing, relationship building, and strategic collaboration. The theme for the 2013 Conference is Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths. This directly ties into WIDA’s CAN DO philosophy, which emphasizes the assets, contributions, and potential of linguistically diverse students. Topics are expected to encompass four broad areas: academic language and literacy; effective instructional practices; program management, and; national initiatives. CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2013 Conference. Learn more.

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