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English Learners and Effective Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies

July 31-August 1, 2017

8:30 am – 3:30 pm ET
Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Chevy Chase, MD

Learn to distinguish between typical second language development and the needs of students who may demonstrate special needs or disabilities and develop a proactive plan for effective classroom interventions to promote student success.

The Response to Intervention (RTI) process is designed to assist in the identification of all students who are in need of additional support in the classroom and school environment. These students may include those who are working to acquire English as a second language, those who may have undiagnosed learning and attention issues, or those who may need help due to interrupted schooling or frequent absences.

This workshop will focus on the RTI process as it relates to the growing number of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds as they work to acquire a new language and succeed in the classroom.

Successful implementation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) process is key to ensuring that English learners receive appropriate intervention to maximize their academic achievement and language acquisition and are not disproportionately identified for special education services.

During this two-day informative workshop, participants will examine the steps of the RTI process that assist in the identification of students in need of additional support in the classroom and school environment; identify the process for the development of an RTI plan that will promote students’ academic as well as linguistic success; examine the steps for differentiating among typical second language acquisition, learning difficulties, cultural differences & influences and issues for students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). Participants will review instructional practices that support teachers’ implementation of RTI plans in the classroom; discuss with colleagues and team members the processes for monitoring and documenting student progress; and explore issues that challenge the practice of correctly identifying and assessing English learners with learning disabilities.

Building on CAL’s decades of experiences working with second language learners in elementary and secondary school settings, the institute will focus on specific aspects of the RTI process. Participants will review case studies and consider possible areas for observation, data collection, assessment, interventions, and key points of discussion for school/district faculty, staff, related service providers, and administrators in regards to academic achievement and second language acquisition. The workshop will include a variety of activities, such as jigsaw/partner readings, small group tasks, analysis of instructional strategies that support Tier I pre-referral interventions, and the development of instructional goals and implementation plans.

This institute is designed for PreK-12 general education/content area teachers, English as a Second Language educators, Title I teachers, ELL Coordinators, Administrators, and teachers/related service providers who are either members of RTI teams, or who support the RTI process in their schools. District personnel who are active in their schools’ RTI planning and implementation are encouraged to attend as turnkey support. RTI team members are encouraged to attend together in order allow for a collaborative approach to developing effective English learner implementation plans for their schools or districts.

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English Learners and Effective Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies
July 31-August 1, 2017

View the CAL Institute calendar.

Early bird registration by June 30, 2017: $800/person.
After June 30, 2017: $850/person. Send 2 people or more and pay $825 each.

Cost includes all training materials and breakfast and lunch.

Travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Register early, as space is limited.

Day 1

  • Review of the RTI History, Processes, and Continuum of Services

  • Issues in the misidentification of special needs among English learners

  • English learner's typical second language acquisition, content learning, and cultural perspectives

  • Identification, data collection, and goal development for both content and language learning

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Day 2

  • Tier I instructional practices for second language learners, intervention, and support

  • Tier I documentation, monitoring, and decision-making

  • Working with all stakeholders: Parents, translators and interpreters, guidance counselors, psychologists, special educators, speech pathologists, instructional leaders, content teachers, and students

  • Interpreting IEPs and meeting instructional goals in the ESL and content classroom

  • Next Steps: Tier II & Tier III, Structured Interventions and Special Education Evaluation

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Daily Training Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast and conversation
8:30 am – Noon Morning training session
Noon – 1: pm Lunch and networking
1:00 – 3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)


Register as soon as possible.

In order to reserve a seat at CAL's Institute, please register by completing steps 1-4 of the online registration form to tentatively reserve your seat for this Institute. A confirmation email will follow with information about payment to guarantee your seat. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Payment may follow separately.

Your seat at the workshop will be confirmed once payment is received. Please decide about your method of payment (credit card or purchase order).

If paying by credit card, register to reserve your seat. The final step will connect you to the CAL Store and allow you to submit credit card information for payment. Call 888-543-9461 to speak to a representative.

If paying by purchase order (PO), register to reserve your seat and then send a signed copy of your PO by fax to 888-700-3629 or email a PDF to calstore@brightkey.net as soon as possible. If you need a quote, please contact the CAL Store at 855-543-9461 or e-mail the request for quote form to calstore@brightkey.net.

Cancellation Policy
We encourage participants to register as soon as possible and to let CAL know if you do not plan to attend the session as soon as possible. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the course start date by sending an email to store@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the workshop materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.

Certificate of Completion
Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.

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, Director, PreK-12 EL Professional Development.

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July 2017
English Learners and Effective Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies Institute

July 31-August 1, 2017

Venue and Travel Information

This institute will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Chevy Chase, MD.

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available. Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Discounted hotel reservations can be made by following the appropriate link below or by calling the hotel directly at 301-828-3364 ext. 7000, or Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-321-2211 and mention CAL, the institute name and dates.

Hotel Link July English Learners and Effective Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies Institute 2017

Hotel reservations must be made by July 10, 2017 for this Institute in order to secure the discounted rate. While the Institute includes breakfast and lunch, hotel rates do not include travel incidentals, such as additional meals or nightly parking fees. Upon check-in, a credit card is required for any potential hotel incidentals.

The hotel has a day-of-arrival (by 6:00 pm) cancellation policy. Visit the Courtyard Marriott Hotel website for more information on the full cancellation policy.

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