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May 23, 2013

Spotlight

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical hands-on tools, and help you develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards. Join CAL this summer in DC.

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Training of Trainers
June 3-5, 2013

Hot Topics in ELL Education
June 24-26, 2013

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners – Grades K-8
July 12, 2013

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Direct Strategies
August 6-8, 2013

Visit our website to learn more and register.

CAL SIOP Resources

New CAL SIOP Website Launched
CAL SIOP has launched its new website designed to provide improved navigation and highlight the rich variety of SIOP resources available for educators. Ongoing work to expand content on the new website is underway.

Browse the new website.


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.


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.


Hot Topics in ELL Education

Hot Topics logoNew Professional Development Resources
CAL’s new Hot Topics in ELL Education resources are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education.

The first two professional development 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 and are supported by the following materials.

Publication: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language LearnersListening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
This teacher-oriented practical workbook provides research foundations for listening and speaking and principles of instruction for English language learners. It includes real-world examples, research-based principles of instruction, and a companion DVD with new authentic classroom videos. This practical tool is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8).

Publication: Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language LearnersMath and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners
This workbook addresses research foundations and principles of instruction for teaching math and science to English language learners. It focuses on the language of math and science, making math and science comprehensible, developing higher order thinking, and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. A companion DVD provides authentic classroom videos that demonstrate key concepts.

Learn more about the professional development workshop series and the materials.


Events

Free Webinar: Financial Literacy Materials for Adults With Limited English Reading Proficiency
May 30, 2013, 2:00-3:00pm EDT


Please join Deborah Kennedy and Miriam Burt of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Jennifer Leach of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection at this free 60-minute webinar. The presenters will share free, downloadable, instructional, and informational materials for practitioners working with adult learners with low literacy in English – both native and non-native English speakers. These materials can be used in classrooms, in one-on-one tutoring, or even by students themselves working online. This webinar is intended for all interested persons who have the instructional and informational financial literacy needs of adults in mind.

To learn more, register, and post a comment to the pre-activity discussion thread, visit the LINCS Community website.

View a sample resource for discussion.


WIDA 2013 National Conference – Registration Now Open
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 National Conference.

Learn more and register.


Featured Publications

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.

 

 

Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism coverBilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City
This book from Multilingual Matters explores bilingual community education, specifically the educational spaces shaped and organized by American ethnolinguistic communities for their children in the multilingual city of New York. Through a rich variety of case studies, this collection examines the various structures that these communities use to educate their children as bilingual Americans. Learn more.

 

Publication: Implementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona: Legal, Historical and Current Practices in SEIImplementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona: Legal, Historical and Current Practices in SEI
Scholars and researchers present their latest findings regarding the impact of a restrictive language policy on teacher preparation and classroom practice through the lens of the decade-long implementation of Structured English Immersion (SEI) in Arizona. This publication from Multilingual Matters is edited by M. Beatriz Arias and Christian Faltis with contributions from Terrence Wiley and Sarah Catherine K. Moore. Learn more.

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