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This engaging three-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources about important topics for educators working with English learners in their classrooms and schools. Learn how to provide instruction for English learners at the early levels of English proficiency that targets the academic language demands of the Common Core State Standards from the start.

The institute focuses on two key topics from CALís new Hot Topics in ELL Education professional development series:

  • Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
  • Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners

The institute is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8). Other educators (including ESL and other school specialists and district and state administrators who work with classroom teachers) will also find value in this professional development opportunity. Collaborative teaching teams are especially encouraged to attend.

$1,150/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $1,100 each.

Cost includes all training materials (2 workbooks and 2 companion videos) and breakfast and lunch each day.
Register early, as space is limited.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

The institute focuses on the following topics:

Topic One
Listening and Speaking

Topic Two
Math and Science Skills

Topic One

Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development

First day and a half of the institute will be devoted to

  • Classroom conditions for oral language development
  • English language proficiency levels, with teacher and student actions
  • Common Core State Anchor Standards for English Language Arts (speaking and listening)
  • Listening comprehension activities
  • Strategies for promoting oral language development
  • Teacher scaffolding for students’ oral language output
  • Story books, songs, chants, and jokes
  • Academic vocabulary learning
  • Cooperative learning structures

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Hot Topic Two

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

Half of the second day and the third day of the institute will be devoted to

  • The language of math and science (vocabulary and structures)
  • Common Core State Anchor Standards for Mathematics
  • Making math comprehensible
  • Strategies for solving math word problems
  • Making science comprehensible
  • Vocabulary in science: cognates
  • Key strategies for science instruction
  • Making math and science interactive
  • Applying the scientific method

Each attendee will receive the new professional development workbook and accompanying video for each of the two Hot Topics in ELL Education themes.

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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

Please decide about your method of payment (credit card or purchase order) at the time of registration. Your seat at the workshop will be confirmed once payment is received. If paying by purchase order, you can complete the online payment form by entering your purchase order number. If you do not have a purchase order, complete steps 1-4 on the registration form to tentatively reserve your seat and fax a signed copy of the purchase order to 888-700-3629 as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy
Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund three (3) weeks prior to the course start date by sending an email to After that date, no refunds will be available. Registrants may choose to receive the workshop materials by mail or may transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date.

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 Annie Duguay, Research Associate.

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Onsite Services

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Contact us to learn more about our professional development services delivered at your location.

View the CAL 2014 Institute calendar.