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September 15, 2011

Spotlight on Conferences

East Coast Organization of Language Testers (ECOLT)
2011
Conference
October 28 – 29, 2011
Washington, DC
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2011 CREATE Conference:
Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness
November 3 – 4, 2011
Austin, TX
Learn more.

English Language Learners

Enhance Your Ability to Provide Instruction to Students Learning to Read in English
Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at one of our Training of Trainers (TOT) institutes on teaching reading to students with language backgrounds other than English.

What's Different? Training of Trainers Institutes
October 25 – 27, 2011
November 30 – December 2, 2011

These TOT institutes will provide specialists with everything they need to bring professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. The institutes feature the research-based professional development curriculum, What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? A graduate credit option is also available. Learn more and register.

Professional Development Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs
CAL can also work with you to offer these institutes at your location and to tailor the What’s Different? materials for your use. Learn more.


Services Designed to Help Adult English Learners Succeed

Adult ESL LogoService Spotlight: Adult Second Language Acquisition
This workshop is designed for practitioners working with adults learning English at all levels. It addresses how adults learn new languages and how practitioners can facilitate the process. Participants learn about key concepts in second language acquisition and apply these concepts to the development of a language learning lesson. Learn more.


SIOP Resources

Professional Development Services Using the SIOP Model
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 settings.
Learn more.

Publication: Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered InstructionUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This manual is designed for teacher educators and professional developers who wish to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. It serves as a companion to the video, The SIOP Model: Sheltered Instruction for Academic Achievement. Organized into 11 sections, the manual offers strategies, tools, and activities for instruction in the use of the SIOP components and provides reproducible masters for presentations and workshops. Learn more.

Publication: Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model, 3rd EditionMaking Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model, 3rd Edition
This widely used publication presents the 8 components and 30 features of the SIOP Model and includes teaching scenarios that illustrate different levels of implementation of each component. Versions for elementary or secondary educators are also available. Learn more.


Newcomers

Refugee and Immigrant Integration: Working With Newcomers

Workshop Spotlight: Multiculturalism in the Classroom
This workshop specifically targets teachers working with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees, as well as American-born students. Designed to help teachers promote tolerance, diversity, and cultural connections within their classrooms, the workshop provides hands-on guidance on the use of the refugee family and youth videos, A New Day and Be Who You Are, and the companion facilitator's guide, Connecting Diverse Cultures. The workshop incorporates active learning, practical exercises, and group discussions in order to promote engagement and ease of application. Developed for maximum flexibility, the workshop is appropriate for educators working in K–12 classrooms, adult education settings, and the training of trainers. 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.


Publications of Interest

Publication: Realizing the Vision of Two-Way Immersion: Realizing the Vision of Two-Way Immersion:
Fostering Effective Programs and Classrooms

Drawing on a decade of research, this book describes how cultures of intellectualism, equity, and leadership contribute to bilingualism and biliteracy in students in two-way immersion settings.
Learn more.

Publication: The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United StatesThe Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States
This publication brings together well-known experts on immigrant and language minority education in the United States with the goal of informing educational policy and practice. Co-edited by CAL President Terrence G. Wiley, this collection has immediate application for educators and policy makers and will be of value to students and researchers interested in the education of immigrant language minority students. Learn more.

Publication:Practitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language LearnersPractitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language Learners
This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. Learn more.


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