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7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Classroom

Outlines a dynamic process for structuring, planning, and facilitating a language-rich classroom. In addition, participants gain knowledge of helpful ways to integrate both content and language standards when planning instruction.

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Talk, Read, Talk, Write

A practical approach to classroom instruction that helps students meet and exceed the state standards for learning in the core classes while also developing the literacy skills needed for success in the 21st century.

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Instructional Coaching

Teacher Efficacy Coaching Cycles and On-Site Leadership Rounds tailored to the needs of your campus or district.

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Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs

Empowers content-area, ESL, and bilingual teachers to deliver comprehensible content while promoting academic language development.

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¡Toma la palabra!

Teachers in bilingual and dual language programs are looking for ways to enhance the development of academic Spanish in their classrooms. They are also looking for ways to increase their own practice of academic Spanish. This training directly addresses those needs. 

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ELLs in Texas: What Teachers Need to Know

Provides teachers, administrators, and program specialists with at-your-fingertips knowledge about Bilingual/ESL programs in Texas, second language acquisition, ELPS/TELPAS assessments and connections, and classroom instruction focused on progress and proficiency.

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7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Classroom

This innovative training will help all teachers transform their classrooms into vibrant spaces where students can use academic language to talk, read, write, and think about each lesson's content. This 7 Steps training outlines a dynamic process for structuring, planning, and facilitating a language-rich classroom. In addition, participants gain knowledge of helpful ways to integrate both content and language standards when planning instruction. They also receive specific strategies for differentiating instruction so that all learners within the classroom can build their ability to discuss and communicate academic concepts effectively.

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Talk, Read, Talk, Write

Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW) is a practical approach to classroom instruction that helps students meet and exceed the state standards for learning in the core classes while also developing the literacy skills needed for success in the 21st century. During the training, participants will experience the TRTW approach as learners themselves, and receive step-by-step instructions for how to implement the approach using actual classroom examples. Other training topics include: how to facilitate structured conversations, how to hold students accountable for active participation, how to move students toward successful independent reading and writing, and how to troubleshoot common roadblocks to reading, writing and talking in the classroom. Participants will leave knowing how to give students consistent opportunities to orally process what they are learning, to make meaning in the company of their peers, and to read and write for an authentic purposes, all while mastering academic content. 

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Instructional Coaching

At Seidlitz Education, our goal is simple: support and enhance your campus or district initiatives by promoting academic language. We recognize that the vision, goals, and messages of your district are unique to the community you serve, so we custom-build our professional development program to merge naturally with the progress you’ve already been making. The product: language-rich learning environments with measurably better student outcomes. 


We provide: 

1. Teacher Efficacy Coaching Cycles in which we work with teachers one-on-one and in small groups to develop focused and measurable goals to shift towards more student-centered, language-rich instruction. Inspired by the Jim Knight coaching model, our follow up with teachers is immediate with reflective questioning and actionable instructional targets to guide each coaching cycle. 


2. On-Site School Leadership Rounds 

in which we help create focused goals aligned to campus or district needs, and show instructional leaders both what to look for in the classroom, and how to support teachers in meeting those goals. These rounds aim to achieve measurable gains within the current school year, while also developing structures within the instructional program for long-term, sustainable growth in the years to come. 

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NEW! Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs

Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs is a must for any Texas teacher serving ELLs. Educators will explore the true meaning of sheltered instruction with research-based strategies such as the 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Classroom. Chapter 89 of the TAC, recommends  “the integrated use of second language acquisition methods” to meet the needs of ELLs. This training is designed to give teachers the tools they need to meet these requirements.    


Teachers will receive the book, Sheltered Instruction in Texas: A Guide for Teachers of ELLs by John Seidlitz, which includes approaches to integrating the ELPS into instruction and ways to align linguistic accommodations to the TELPAS descriptors. Understanding this will help empower content-area, ESL, and bilingual teachers to deliver comprehensible content while promoting academic language development.  


Participants will:

  • Experience simulation of ELL experience of high-quality sheltered instruction
  • Explore the essentials elements of implementing a sheltered approach
  • Discover engaging ways to integrate ELPS into content-area lessons
  • Understand ways to linguistically accommodate instruction and assessment

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NEW! ¡Toma la palabra!

Teachers in bilingual and dual language programs are looking for ways to enhance the development of academic Spanish in their classrooms. They are also looking for ways to increase their own practice of academic Spanish. This training directly addresses those needs. It is based on the research and experience of Dr. Mónica Lara and her work in countless bilingual classrooms. Teachers will explore theory, strategies, and activities in Spanish that develop oracy and biliteracy. Attendees will receive the book ¡Toma la palabra!, an easy-to-follow resource that includes dozens of strategies and ideas, including the 7 Pasos. This training will be conducted in Spanish.

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ELLs in Texas: What Teachers Need to Know

ELLs in TX: What Teachers Need to Know is a comprehensive, practical resource that is essential for ANY texas teacher with ELLs in the classroom. The contents of these pages provide teachers, administrators, and program specialists with at-your-fingertips knowledge about Bilingual/ESL programs in Texas, second language acquisition, ELPS/TELPAS assessments and connections, and classroom instruction focused on progress and proficiency. A great support for those seeking Bilingual/ESL certification!


Discover a heart for working with ELLs 

  • Advocate for the local program(s) 
  • Overcome barriers to parent participation 
  • Create an accessible, interactive classroom 
  • Prioritize language development 
  • Focus on progress and proficiency  

*aligned to TExES ESL and bilingual teacher competencies

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