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June 19, 2014


New CAL Website Set for Launch July 15th

CAL is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our new website on Tuesday July 15th.

With a clean, modern look and user-friendly navigation, our new website will be updated with the latest information about our research, projects, and resources. In the next few weeks, you will be receiving more information about the launch of our new website.

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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.

An expanded calendar of institutes through December 2014 is now available. Join CAL this year in DC.

Visit our website to learn more and register.

Featured Institute
Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

August 4-5, 2014 ♦ Washington, DC
Participants will explore the academic language and literacy practices that students need to be successful within rigorous content instruction. 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 video, and two complete unit plans on CD-ROM.

Learn more about the institute.
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Professional Development: Featured Services

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English: Training of Trainers and Direct Strategies
The What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English professional development program provides educators with research-based practical strategies for teaching literacy to English learners within reading, ESL, or grade-level content instruction. The Training of Trainers workshop is designed for specialists to provide professional development for educators teaching reading skills and reading comprehension strategies to English learners. The Direct Strategies workshop provides these strategies related to literacy instruction for educators working directly with English learners. Learn more.

SIOP Workshops for Administrators
During 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. Learn more.

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 resources 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 Resources

2014 SOPA/ELLOPA Online Training Courses – Registration Now Open
SOPA Online Training courses teach participants how to administer and rate students' oral language using CAL's 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 online. Learn more and register.

Access to Free Online Resources
Education Connections is an online network of teachers managed by CAL, which provides access to a wide range of free online resources and information for educators working with English learners.

Join the Education Connections community today for easy online access to free webinars, teacher-created videos and lesson plans, and a community of educators working together to implement standards-based instruction across the country.

Enter the Education Connections Monthly Lesson Plan Contest and win $100.

Learn more and join.

Featured Events

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy & Planning Conference
September 4-6, 2014 ♦ University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

CAL is a proud sponsor of this international conference focusing on language policy and planning. Learn more.

WIDA 2014 National Conference
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. CAL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the WIDA 2014 National Conference.

Learn more and register.

La Cosecha 2014
November 19-22, 2014 ♦ Sante Fe, NM

CAL is proud to be a partner and sponsor of La Cosecha 2014. This annual conference, hosted by the Dual Language Education of New Mexico, brings together educators, parents, researchers and practitioners supporting dual language enrichment programs in New Mexico and across the United States.

Learn more and register.

Featured Publications

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.

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.

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