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April 19, 2012

Spotlight

Newcomer Report Now Available

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond Logo

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
This report, based on a 3-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has been written for educators and policy makers to focus attention on newcomer adolescent English language learners at the middle and high school grades and to communicate promising practices for meeting their educational and social needs. Learn more and download the free report.

Summer Institutes

New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverInstitutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners–Summer 2012
CAL’s experienced staff specializes in using research-based, effective practices to improve educational outcomes for preK-12 English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at one of our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? institutes. We can also work with you to offer these and other services at your location.

Training of Trainers Institute:
Direct Strategies Institute:

June 6-8, 2012
July 11-13, 2012

Visit our website to learn more and register.


Hot Topics logoHot Topics in ELL Education: Professional Development Series
Hot Topics in ELL Education, our new professional development series, is designed to address critical issues in ELL education. Each workshop uses authentic classroom videos and a workbook with practical strategies for teachers to help English language learners succeed in the classroom. The first offering in the series is Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development. Learn more.

Services logoHot Topics in ELL Education–Summer 2012 Institute
Join CAL's experienced professional development staff in Washington, DC, for 3 days focused on three key issues facing educators working with English language learners. Hot topics featured in our summer 2012 institute will include oral language proficiency, academic language, and sheltering math and science instruction.

Hot Topics Summer Institute:

June 27-29, 2012

Learn more and register.


Early Language Assessments

SOPA Online Training Courses – Registration Now Open
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 for the April Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and Rating the SOPA online courses. Learn more and register.


CAL SIOP

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
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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 Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model or its adapted version, the Two-Way SIOP Model. By incorporating these instructional models in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.


Download Free Reports From the Regional Educational Laboratory - Appalachia Publication Set: What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

Descriptive Analyses of English Language Learner Student Enrollment Data in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
This technical brief describes English language learner student enrollment across school districts in the four REL Appalachia Region states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more.

The Characteristics and Experiences of Beginning Teachers in Seven Northeast and Island Region States and Nationally
This report describes a study of beginning public school teachers that focused on variables related to teachers’ preparation and workplace supports that research suggests might be associated with their perceptions of preparedness, effectiveness, and retention. Learn more.



Featured Publications

Publication Set: What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?What’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.

Publication Set: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners, K-8Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners, K-8
The first in the Hot Topics in ELL Education professional development series, this workbook and companion video use real-world examples that demonstrate principles of instruction and practical strategies for working with English language learners. Learn more.

 

Publications: Understanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of VideoUnderstanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of Video
Connecting Diverse Cultures, CAL's new facilitator's guide, serves as a companion to our refugee families and youth DVD, which includes the videos A New Day and Be Who You Are. This guide incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. This guide has been developed to assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL or basic education classes.

Learn more and view a video clip.

 

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