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April 18, 2013


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

New 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 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.

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 classroom 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.

CAL SIOP Resources

New SIOP Classroom Video from CAL

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

Publication: New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
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.

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 Resources

SOPA Online Spring Training Courses
CAL offers innovative oral proficiency assessment instruments designed to allow young students to demonstrate their highest level of performance in oral fluency and listening comprehension. SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using the SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) or the ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Registration is open through May 3, 2013, for the Spring Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses. Courses must be completed by June 30, 2013. Learn more and register.

Language Immersion Education in Minnesota
View a video on the role of language immersion education in Minnesota featuring CAL Trustee Fred Genesee and CAL Senior Fellow Donna Christian. Visit the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) website to learn more and watch the video.

Connect Online Through the CAL Website

The CAL website offers a links section that provides convenient access to online resources connected to our work or to issues related to language and culture. Learn more.

Featured Publications

New Resources from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center

Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism coverWelcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees – New English Edition
This widely-used resource has been updated to feature currently arriving refugee populations and includes relevant case studies and additional testimonials from refugees and service providers. In addition, this edition includes many worksheets and activities designed to provide an interactive way of learning about resettlement in the United States. A companion orientation video is also available. Learn more.


Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners coverTeaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners
This publication offers a comprehensive plan for vocabulary instruction that K-12 teachers can use with English language learners, including research on best practices, classroom activities, and sample lessons. The book also addresses the likely effect of the Common Core State Standards on vocabulary instruction for English learners. Learn more.



Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism coverFoundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
The fifth edition of this bestselling book from Multilingual Matters provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group, and national levels. Learn more.

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