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September 26, 2013


Conference Update

CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the WIDA 2013 National Conference in October. Look for our table.

WIDA 2013 National Conference
Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths
October 17-19, 2013
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2013 National Conference.

Learn more and register.

View CAL staff presentations at the WIDA conference.

Visit our website to stay up to date on CAL at conferences.

CAL Institutes

Join CAL this December: 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.

  • SIOP Training of Trainers
    December 9-12, 2013

  • Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
    – Grades K-12

    December 13, 2013

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Professional Development Resources

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 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, 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.

Special Event

CAL – American University Fall Workshop: Towards Pedagogies of Translingual Practice
Led by Dr. Suresh Canagarajah
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
American University, Washington, DC

About the workshop. As scholars conceptualize multilingual competence in new ways, a term coming into prominence is translingual practice. The term helps us consider languages as always coming into contact, generating new forms and meanings through their synergy. In this workshop, we will analyze transcripts of classroom interactions and literacy practices to consider the ways in which a translingual competence can be developed among students. We will also discuss questions relating to the social and educational appropriateness of these pedagogical approaches.

About the workshop leader. Suresh Canagarajah is a professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at Penn State University. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and he specializes in World Englishes, Rhetoric and Composition, and Critical Pedagogy. An avid researcher, Dr. Canagarajah has published extensively, including numerous journal articles and five books.

This event is open to the public and requires registration and payment.

Visit the AU website to learn more and register.

Featured Publications

Teaching Vocabulary to English Language LearnersTeaching 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.

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.

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.

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