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Professional Development for Bilingual and ESL Paraprofessionals: The Aspire Curriculum

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Research-Based Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners

It is critical that teachers of English language learners (ELLs) gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach English language skills and academic content.  CAL’s professional development sessions provide teachers with the conceptual knowledge and diverse learning strategies needed to help ELLs succeed in school. Offering both Direct Strategies and Training of Trainers workshops and institutes, CAL Solutions’ professional development is designed and taught by experts in the field of English language learning. 

Teacher Collaboration to Ensure ELL Learning

Collaboration among educators is needed if ELLs are to excel in school. As a result, professional development is targeted not only for English as a second language teachers and specialists, but also for classroom and content-area teachers, bilingual teachers, reading teachers and specialists, and school administrators.

Strategic and Practical Support

Our services are based on our solid understanding that effective professional development for teachers of ELLs at the elementary level differs from training for ELLs at the secondary levels, and that effective professional development is different for teachers of different content areas. 

Based on our extensive experience in helping educators work effectively with English language learners, CAL Solutions takes the following into account when designing professional development for teachers of ELLs:

  • English language proficiency levels

  • Native language proficiency

  • Grade levels

  • Content areas

  • ELLs with limited formal previous education or interrupted schooling

  • Long-term ELLs

CAL will support your teacher education programs using a variety of CAL-developed professional development materials. Learn more.

Multiple Support Options

  • Tailored to your specific needs and scheduling parameters

  • Face-to-face and online options

  • Training of trainers, in-service workshops and institutes, graduate-level courses

  • Mentoring and coaching support, classroom observations and consultations

  • Development of Professional Learning Communities and study groups

  • Support for inquiry-based staff development

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CAL is offering Institutes in Washington, DC featuring What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

We can also provide these institutes at your location.

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Professional Development Services

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Contact us to learn more about onsite professional development services that we customize to meet your needs and deliver in your schools and districts.