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July 18, 2013

Evaluation Services

CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing programs for language learners. CALís services are rooted in research-based tools and approaches, and are tailored to meet your needs.

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Professional Development

CAL Institute: Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Direct Strategies
August 6-8, 2013
Join CAL at this summer institute designed to 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 is also available. Learn more and register.


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.
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Hot Topics logoNew Professional Development Resources
CALís 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, Listening & Speaking and Math & Science, help teachers provide instruction that targets the demands of the Common Core State Standards for learners at the early levels of English language proficiency. Learn more.


Online Resources

SOPA Online Training Courses Ė Fall 2013
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 now open through October 16, 2013, for the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA and the Moderated Introduction to the SOPA - Chinese online courses. Courses will open on August 15, 2013, and must be completed by November 30, 2013. Learn more and register.


CALís Two Way Immersion Directory Ė Updates in Progress
CAL has re-opened its Two-Way Immersion Directory to continue to gather information about dual language and two-way immersion programs around the country. It is important to include all programs in order to comprehensively promote bilingual, dual language, and two-way immersion education with policy makers and stakeholders.

Please help us keep the directory current by adding or updating your program.

Learn more and connect to the TWI directory.


Featured Publications

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 from CAL's Hot Topics in ELL Education series 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.

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.

Whatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? coverWhatís 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 trainerís manual, a study guide designed for use by individual teachers, and a DVD of the popular video Why Reading Is Hard. Learn more.


Conferences Update

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 – 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.

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