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Language Builders for LOTE: Activities for an Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom

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Practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language.

7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom

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Designed to increase comprehensible input and provide low-stress opportunities for language output and interaction in the foreign language classroom.

¡Toma la palabra!

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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.

Sheltered Instruction in Texas: Second Language Acquisition Methods for Teachers of Els

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

Motivating ELLs: 27 Activities to Inspire and Engage Students

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User-friendly strategies that help teachers at all grade levels connect with and inspire their English Learners.

Pathways to Greatness for ELL Newcomers: A Comprehensive Guide for Schools and Teachers

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This comprehensive training highlights several components relevant to newcomer instruction including: cultural proficiency, second language acquisition strategies, scheduling/credits, and effective content-area instruction.

Rapid Literacy: ELL Strategies for Secondary Emergent Readers

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Practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language.

Boosting Achievement of SIFE

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User-friendly techniques that close achievement gaps for Unschooled or Underschooled Learners.

Teaching Science to English Learners

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Highlights key strategies that are designed specifically for science and are targeted to support the four domains of language while making science content comprehensible for all learners.

Teaching Social Studies to ELLs

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Features specific examples of engaging accommodations for all language proficiency levels and strategies that maximize content mastery while students acquire academic language.

Using Tech to Boost Achievement of ELLs

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Provides teaching strategies that support authentic technology use for ELL (English Language Learners) in their ESL and content area classes.

Narratives & Norms: Teaching Students from Diverse Cultures

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Provides an innovative approach for designing and implementing culturally responsive instruction, while also emphasizing the importance of self-reflection to clearly define who we, the educators, are.

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7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom

The 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom are research-based strategies designed to increase comprehensible input and provide low-stress opportunities for language output and interaction. These practical techniques provide an essential foundation that ensures students are motivated and engaged, while offering access points to any target language in a way that is easy to implement and comprehensively scaffolded. This training was created for both novice and seasoned LOTE teachers to transform the foreign language classroom into an interactive environment in which students are engaging in the target language from day one.


Participants will learn:
• Experience-based classroom strategies (via simulations) in multiple foreign languages
• Innovative ways to use visuals and vocabulary as tools for building comprehension
• Easy-to-implement structures for speaking, reading, and writing in the target language
• Research-based, practical techniques from the new book, 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom: Strategies for Teachers of Languages other Than English (LOTE)


Upon completion, we also offer 38 Great: Target Language Builders for LOTE, and  Talk, Read, Talk, Write for LOTE

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Boosting Achievement of SIFE

Based on current research surrounding educational growth mindset and the practical experience of Carol Salva, a master teacher who achieved success with SIFE students in Houston, this training demonstrates user-friendly techniques that close achievement gaps for Unschooled or Underschooled Learners. Experience the strategies that capitalize on the gifts of your diverse classroom. Discover ways to maximize the impact  for SIFE, especially non-English speakers. Learn to empower these students to work at grade-level in content classes and the ESL classroom.  


The training will include: 

• Practical methods based on recent research 

• Classroom simulations 

• Hands-on techniques you can start using tomorrow 

• Video and testimony by teachers and students

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Language Builders for LOTE: Activities for an Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom

This training offers effective strategies that can be used to build vocabulary as well as reading, writing, and conversation skills for students in an authentic and engaging way. During the training, participants will experience activities to help students: build conversations in the target language, navigate reading from authentic texts and writing in meaningful ways, and become independent learners of new vocabulary.

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Motivating English Language Learners: 27 Activities to Inspire and Engage Students

Are you ready to learn how to motivate your ELLs? Seidlitz Education will guide you through a unique approach to bringing ELLs beyond mere participation. Learn user-friendly strategies that help teachers at all grade levels connect with and inspire their English Learners.  


Participants will learn how to: 

• build off student interests to fully engage them in academic content 

• breathe new life into content and language objectives 

• integrate linguistic techniques such as choral response, chants, role play, and music into lessons 

• capitalize on student and teacher creativity and innovation  

• facilitate enjoyable content writing for all ages 

• incorporate physical movement for 100% participation

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Narratives & Norms: Teaching Students from Diverse Cultures

Our cultural ‘lenses’ significantly impact our daily interaction with our students. Achievement of all students in our classrooms increases when we, as teachers, take into consideration not only students’ cultural narratives and norms, but ours as well. Cultural intelligence and cultural competence can be learned, practiced, and systemically implemented to better serve diverse students, their families, and their communities.
The framework presented in this workshop utilizes research, best practices, and evidence-based teaching strategies to provide an innovative approach for designing and implementing culturally responsive instruction, while also emphasizing the importance of self-reflection to clearly define who we, the educators, are. In knowing how to draw from both our own backgrounds and theirs, we can more effectively serve students from ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


THE TRAINING WILL

  • clearly define the components of cultural proficiency,
  • explore specific strategies for providing effective culturally responsive instruction,
  • outline the cultural proficiency continuum,
  • provide participants with ideas on how to maximize their cultural proficiency and cultural intelligence (CQ),
  • enhance teachers understanding of their own cultural backgrounds and lenses.

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Pathways to Greatness for ELL Newcomers: A Comprehensive Guide for Schools and Teachers

Newcomer ELLs face a complex and daunting set of challenges. How can educators appropriately provide support to this population? Based on research of the social, emotional, and academic needs of secondary immigrant students, this session will offer useful strategies and techniques for content-area teachers of newcomer ELLs. Additionally, campus and district leaders will gain practical advice about a systemic approach to meeting the needs of this ever-increasing population.  


This comprehensive training will highlight several components relevant to newcomer instruction including: cultural proficiency, second language acquisition strategies, scheduling/credits, and effective content-area instruction.

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Rapid Literacy: ELL Strategies for Secondary Emergent Readers

Do you serve English learners who struggle to decode text at grade level? Decoding is an essential skill, because it is the foundation in which all other reading is built upon. Come hear practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language. Secondary teachers deserve training in foundations of literacy that make sense for the secondary classroom. Learn strategies that are based on research and Carol Salva’s classroom experience.


The training will include:

  • Hands-on techniques educators can start using tomorrow.
  • Overview of balanced literacy and foundations of literacy development.
  • Practical methods that build decoding skills while supporting students at grade level.
  • Modeling of sheltered instruction practices that boost achievement of all learners.

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Sheltered Instruction in Texas: Second Language Acquisition Methods for Teachers of Els

Sheltered Instruction in Texas: Second Language Acquisition Methods for Teachers of ELs is a must for any Texas teacher serving ELLs. Educators will explore the true meaning of sheltered instruction with research-based strategies such as 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: Second Language Acquisition Methods for Teachers of ELs 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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Teaching Science to English Learners

The language of science curriculum is complex, abstract, and can be quite a challenge to pronounce. Supporting all learners, especially English learners, as they internalize these terms is a complicated challenge for modern science teachers. Teaching Science to ELs highlights key strategies that are designed specifically for science and are targeted to support the four domains of language while making science content comprehensible for all learners. 


Participants in this training will explore different types of questioning, options for designing and scaffolding open-ended questions, strategies for leading students (i.e., young scientists!) to formulate their own questions, and structures to facilitate productive discussions about their learning. Participants will receive and interact with a copy of the book, Teaching Science to ELs, which includes more than twenty activities designed to get kids reading, writing, speaking, and thinking as scientists.


This training is ideal for:

  • Science teachers of ELs, bilingual learners, and English-only learners K-12
  • ESL teachers 
  • Campus/district administrators
  • Instructional coaches and specialists 
  • District science and ESL coordinators

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Teaching Social Studies to ELLs

Teaching Social Studies to ELLs is an in-depth approach to differentiation in the secondary social studies classroom. The session will feature specific examples of engaging accommodations for all language proficiency levels and strategies that maximize content mastery while students acquire academic language. Participants will receive a copy of Tina Beene’s book, Teaching Social Studies to ELLs which outlines her unique practical approach.


Participants will learn how to:
• support and engage all ELLs with social studies content
• accelerate language acquisition in social studies classrooms
• meet the unique needs of their ELLs in each component of a typical social studies lesson



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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. 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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Using Tech to Boost Achievement of ELLs

Are you looking for innovative ways to boost achievement and build language skills with technology? This training will provide teaching strategies that support authentic technology use for ELL (English Language Learners) in their ESL and content area classes. Participants will go beyond just looking at apps that teach a second language; they will discover the five keys to using technology effectively with ELLs. Participants will learn to leverage tech tools and platforms to even the playing field for these students, give them a voice, and allow them to participate meaningfully at the highest cognitive levels.  


Attendees will: 

1. Experience hands-on, user-friendly techniques that engage and motivate language learners at all proficiency levels. 

2. Discover powerful uses of open-source technology that lead to success for underserved students.  

3. Gain an understanding of technology that is effective for culturally responsive teaching. 

4. Explore ways to use technology to facilitate a student-centered approach to learning. 

5. Learn how to use technology to promote authentic language use in academic settings