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May 18, 2011


Understanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of Video

Publiccation: Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are

Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are,
CAL’s new facilitator’s guide, serves as a companion to our refugee families and youth videos. This guide has been developed to assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL settings.

Learn more and view a video clip.

Adult ESL Resources

Adult ESL LogoServices for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners
CAL offers a variety of professional development and technical assistance services focusing on key topics in the instruction of adult English language learners. For example, the Designing and Delivering Workforce ESL Instruction workshop focuses on the development and use of effective lessons to enhance communication skills needed in the workplace. Learn more.

Adult English Proficiency Assessments
BEST Literacy and BEST Plus address the needs of adult English language learners by providing assessment options that reliably demonstrate student progress. Learn more.

EL/Civics Online:
Integrating EL/Civics Into Adult ESL Classrooms

EL/Civics Online is a free series of courses designed to assist teachers in creating interesting and effective lessons in the areas of U.S. history, U.S. government, the naturalization process, and civic engagement. Also available are tutorials, a master teacher course, lesson plans, and supplemental modules on the four content areas. Learn more.

Professional Development

Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction
to Students Learning to Read English

Spend 3 days this summer in Washington, DC, at one of our institutes on teaching reading to students with language backgrounds other than English. The institutes feature the research-based professional development curriculum, What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

Direct Strategies Institutes

June 22 – 24, 2011

July 19 – 21, 2011

These institutes will help practitioners return to their classrooms in the fall with insights and strategies that will make them more effective teachers of reading for students learning to read in English.
A graduate credit option is also available.

Training of Trainers (TOT) Institutes

June 6 – 8, 2011
(Limited space available)

July 11 – 13, 2011

The TOT institutes will provide specialists with everything they need to bring professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners.
A graduate credit option is also available.

CAL can also work with you to offer these institutes at your location and to tailor the What’s Different? materials for your use.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Professional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model
Teacher and StudentCAL collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that will meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL’s ongoing research, our experienced SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance. For example, the SIOP Workshops for Coaches and Professional Development Staff focus on further developing staff knowledge of the SIOP Model and identifying ways to guide and support others who are developing SIOP expertise. Visit our website to learn more.

National Capital Learning Resource Center:
Workshop on Language Program Evaluation

May 26 – 27, 2011
CAL staff will be conducting a summer workshop for language educators through the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). Workshop participants will learn about different methodologies and designs used in language program evaluation. Topics include the basic principles of planning for an evaluation, defining expectations for evaluation, collecting data, and planning for analysis and reporting.

Visit the NCRLC website for more information and to register.

Heritage Language Resources

Heritage Language Spotlights
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages provides a variety of resources on its website. Heritage Language Spotlights are designed to provide information focused on specific heritage languages. Recent language spotlights include Chinese and German. Learn more.

Publication: Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource
Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource – PDF Now Available

Heritage Languages in America outlines what needs to be done to help heritage language speakers develop their languages for use in academic and professional arenas. This publication is now available as a downloadable PDF for a small fee. Learn more.


Publications of Interest

Publication: Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds
Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds

This publication includes engaging, personal narratives from a select group of well-respected educators who attained biliteracy not only at a young age but in the era before bilingual education. Teachers can glean important lessons about the individual potential of their Latino students from the lived experiences of Latinos whose successes dispel the myth that Spanish is an obstacle to learning. Learn more.

Publication:Language Diversity, School Learning, and Closing Achievement Gaps:
A Workshop Summary

This report summarizes presentations and discussions from a workshop convened by the National Research Council in October 2009. The workshop was designed to seek expert insight into the issues that surround the study of language, academic learning, and achievement gaps. This report also highlights the differing viewpoints on what available research findings might imply for future research and practice. Learn more.

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