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October 16, 2012


Conference Update
CAL will be presenting and exhibiting at the ACTFL conference in November.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
November 16-18, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

Visit us at booth #812

View CAL staff presentations at ACTFL.

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

Moderated Introduction to SOPA – October Online Course Now Open
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). Learn more and register.

Training of Trainers Institute on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
November 12-14, 2012
New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverThis institute is designed for specialists who provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? training of trainers institute.
Learn more and register.

Hot Topics in ELL Education Institute New!
December 3-5, 2012
Math and Science CoverJoin CAL's experienced professional development staff in Washington, DC, for 3 days focused on key issues facing educators working with English language learners, including connections with the Common Core State Standards. Hot topics featured in this institute will include oral language proficiency and sheltering math and science instruction.
Learn more and register.


SIOP Model

SIOP Model Workshops for Coaches and Professional Development Staff
Instructional coaches and other professional development staff further develop their knowledge of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model and learn ways to guide and support others who are developing SIOP expertise. CAL staff can support these instructional leaders as they coach other teachers or develop and implement a professional development program for their schools. Visit our website to learn more.


Publication: New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction,
2nd Edition

This updated and expanded professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the SIOP Model. By incorporating this instructional model in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.

New CREATE Brief Now Available

CAL Digests logoCREATE: A Comprehensive Model for Instruction of Academic Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
This brief outlines a systematic school-wide intervention that consistently integrates content knowledge and language and literacy development in content area curricula. The brief first describes the elements of the intervention, including implementation, professional development, and coaching support in critical content areas.
It then explains the instructional implications for teachers and administrators.
Read the brief online or download the PDF.


Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life coverWords at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life
This publication from Cambridge University Press tells the long-awaited story of what has happened to the families that readers met back in 1983 in Ways With Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms. Author Shirley Brice Heath tracked the families' patterns of talking, interacting at home, managing new technologies, and altering ways of using time and space, as they faced the roller-coaster economic changes that followed the double-dip recession of the 1980s. Learn more.

Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms coverWays With Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms
Ways With Words is a classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two neighboring communities in the southeastern United States. In tracing the children's language use and development, author Shirley Brice Heath shows the deep cultural differences between the two communities and raises fundamental questions about the nature of language use and development, the effects of literacy on oral language use, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces. Learn more.

Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners coverListening 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 and 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). Learn more.

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners coverMath 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.

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