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Direct Strategies Institute

What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

July 20 – 22, 2010

8:30 am – 4:00 pm ET
Savoy Suites Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Presented by Dr. Betty Ansin Smallwood and
Lisa Tabaku

Learn how to provide effective reading instruction to ELLs in grades K-8.

Please join us at an upcoming three-day Direct Strategies Institute using CAL's widely-used What's Different? professional development program. The training will provide participants with an understanding of the methodology and strategies for teaching English language learners (ELLs) how to read. This research-based curriculum incorporates key findings from the National Reading Panel (2000) and the National Literacy Panel (2006).

The three-day What's Different? Direct Strategies Institute is designed for elementary and middle school classroom, ESL, and reading teachers as well as school administrators who want to ensure reading progress on the part of ELLs. CAL encourages teams of ESL, reading, and classroom teachers.

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July 2010

What you will receive:

  • The What's Different? Study Guide

  • An understanding of the similarities and differences between teaching reading to ELLs and teaching reading to native English speakers.

  • Effective practical strategies for teaching reading to ELLs in the areas of comprehensibility, vocabulary development, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension strategies.

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to use and adapt effective reading strategies for ELLs in your classroom.


$850/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $800 each.
Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch each day

Course size is small - limited to 50 participants.

Learn more about our graduate credit option for this institute*

Daily Training Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
9:00 am – Noon Morning training session
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch and networking
1:00 – 4:00 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


Registration and Payment

Register as soon as possible.

Please have your method of payment ready (credit card or purchase order) at the time of registration.  If paying by purchase order, you can complete the online payment form by entering your purchase order number.  A signed copy of the purchase order should be faxed to 888-700-3629 once your online payment form has been completed. Your registration is not complete until the signed purchase order is received. Registration will be closed when we reach 50 participants for each Institute.

Graduate Credit Option

*Enrollees in the 2010 Direct Strategies Institutes will have the option to receive two graduate credits from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. for their participation in the institute. Obtaining graduate credit will necessitate the completion of a manageable, post-institute assignment.  The graduate credit will be available for an additional fee of $495.00.  Individuals wishing to obtain the credit must register for this option on-site during the institute. Payment in the form of check, money order or credit card will be accepted at that time. If you have questions about receiving graduate credit, please contact Lisa Tabaku (202-355-1510 or ltabaku@cal.org).

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be provided for all cancellations received in writing three weeks prior to the course start date. After that date, registered individuals can choose to receive the What's Different? materials by mail or transfer their registration to another individual.

Questions about workshop registration, payment, cancellation, or to be added to the waiting list for future workshops, contact Marilyn Raphael, Coordinator, or call 202-355-1500.

Questions about workshop content, contact Lisa Tabaku, Associate Manager of CAL Solutions, PreK–12 ELL Education or Betty Ansin Smallwood, Manager of CAL Solutions, PreK–12 ELL Education.

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July 2010
July 20, 21, and 22

Book Your Hotel Room

All Institutes will be held at the Savoy Suites Hotel, Washington, DC.

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Discounted hotel reservations can be made by following the appropriate link below or calling the hotel at 202-337-9700.

July 2010

The hotel has a 24-hour prior-to-day-of-arrival cancellation policy.

Mention that you are coming to CAL's What's Different? Institute.

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