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April 17, 2014


Teachers Working Together for English Learner Success

Join this online teacher network that offers resources, webinars, lesson planning tools, and a professional learning community focusing on standards-based instruction. Membership is free and provides access to a variety of online resources, including these recent webinars:

  • Advocating for English Learners, with Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner
  • Enhancing EL Access to the Language Demands of the Common Core, with Dr. Lynn Shafer Willner
  • Fostering Academic Discussions with English Learners, with Lydia Stack

Join today.

CAL Institutes

CAL Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC
CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools, and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Join CAL this summer in DC.

June 25-27, 2014

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Training of Trainers Institute

July 14-17, 2014

SIOP Training of Trainers: Foundations Institute

July 14-17, 2014

SIOP Training of Trainers: Advanced Institute

July 18, 2014

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

July 22-24, 2014

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English - Direct Strategies Institute

August 4-5, 2014

Hot Topics in ELL Education: Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

August 6-7, 2014

Hot Topics in ELL Education: Oral Language, Math and Science

Watch our website for the expanded calendar of institutes coming soon.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Featured Institute
Hot Topics in ELL Education: Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

August 4-5, 2014 ♦ Washington DC
This institute provides educators with research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help English learners develop academic literacy and language skills while also developing content knowledge. All participants receive CAL’s newest resource, Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas, described below.

Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas
Based on a 21st century approach to academic literacy that is aligned with today’s rigorous standards, this resource includes a comprehensive workbook, authentic classroom videos, and two complete unit plans on CD-ROM. 

Learn more about the institute.
Learn more about the materials.

Professional Development

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
Our experienced CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for adult language learners.

Featured Service
SIOP Workshops for Administrators

Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of the second language acquisition process and the SIOP Model. The workshop (usually lasting between half a day and a full day) highlights different ways administrators can support teachers as they begin to implement the SIOP Model in their classrooms.

Visit our website to learn more.

Adult ESL Education Services: Promoting Education and Achievement of Adults Learning English
CAL offers professional development and technical assistance services to enable practitioners to improve the quality of instruction offered to adults learning English so they are prepared for college, careers, and citizenship. All CAL services build on evidence-based approaches and can be tailored to meet your needs and budget. Learn more.

Featured Workshop
English for Civic Life: Designing and Delivering Effective EL/Civics Instruction

This workshop offers evidence-based strategies for incorporating civics content in English language instruction for adults. Participants explore online and print-based sources of information on U.S. history and government, civic participation and responsibility, and obtaining citizenship. They develop strategies for using these in classroom activities based on authentic situations, so that learners develop the skills they need to become engaged, empowered members of U.S. society. Learn more.

Online Assessment

2014 SOPA/ELLOPA Online Training Courses Ė Registration Now Open
SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using CALís innovative oral proficiency assessments: SOPA (Student Oral Proficiency Assessment) and ELLOPA (Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment).

Our new SOPA/ELLOPA online course calendar is now available for the following courses:

  • Moderated Introduction to the SOPA/ELLOPA
  • Moderated Introduction to the SOPA/ELLOPA – Chinese
  • Rating the SOPA/ELLOPA
  • Rating the SOPA/ELLOPA – Chinese

Learn more and register.

Featured Events

Language and the UN: Symposium on Language and Equality
April 29, 2014 ♦ New York, NY


At this symposium under the session topic of defining equality, CAL President Terrence Wiley and CAL Vice President Beatriz Arias will present The Recent Assault on Education as a Human Right in the United States with Implications for Linguistic Minorities. This event, chaired by Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford and Chair, CAL Board of Trustees, is organized by the Study Group on Language and the United Nations in cooperation with the University of Hartford and the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems.

Learn more.

WIDA 2014 National Conference – Registration Now Open
Creating Language-Rich Academic Learning Environments
October 23-25, 2014 ♦ Atlanta, GA

WIDA's annual conference will provide preK through Grade 12 educators of language learners opportunities for professional development, idea sharing, relationship building, and strategic collaboration. The theme for the 2014 conference is Creating Language-Rich Academic Learning Environments and is designed to meet the needs of educators ranging from general education, content area, special education, and ESL/bilingual teachers to district and state administrators. The program will feature examples of outstanding practice from the educators themselves, as well as nationally renowned experts in the field. CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2014 National Conference.

Learn more and register.

TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo
In March, CAL staff delivered a variety of presentations at the TESOL convention in Portland, Oregon. Presentations from select sessions are now available to view and download. Learn more.

Featured Publications

Math 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.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
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.

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice
This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources.
Learn more.

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