ESL Title III Professional Development Leadership Team

ESL/Title III professional learning opportunities for 2018/2019

What do Michigan School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners?
August 8-9, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

For this innovative two-day workshop we seek to attract collaborative district teams of building and/or district administrators and district EL leader(s). In order to increase educational opportunity and academic language development for English Learners, school leaders engaging in this professional learning opportunity will:

1. Identify relevant leadership actions that support creating and sustaining collaborative relationships, systems and structures necessary for academic achievement and well-being for ELs using Visible Thinking routines.

2. Describe the potential impact of program evaluation and school improvement processes on designing professional learning opportunities and forming school language policies and procedures while working with a partner or in a small group.

3. Examine culturally proficient leadership actions that promote authentic and productive partnerships with families of ELs and include those actions in the SIP/DIP using visuals and graphic organizers.

4. Prioritize principles of data literacy in order to examine equity-focused questions related to ELs in collaborative data teams working in cooperative groups.

Click HERE to register for the What do Michigan School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners workshop.


SIOP - The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol
August 14 - 16, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

As a framework for organizing instruction, The SIOP Model supports teachers in planning and delivering high-quality instruction for all students. Educators will participate in three consecutive days of intensive professional learning around implementing the SIOP Model. The SIOP Model has eight components: Lesson Preparation, Building Background, Comprehensible Input, Strategies, Interaction, Practice and Application, Lesson Delivery, & Review and Assessment. Educators will experience a variety of strategies to ensure that each of the eight components are understandable and ready to implement across grade levels and subject areas. The text Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners The SIOP Model By Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt, & Deborah J. Short serves as the foundation learning for this workshop. 

Click HERE to register for the SIOP workshop.


WIDA Screener Administration Training
August 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide information and practice to staff that will administer the NEW WIDA Screener during spring/summer enrollment and kindergarten round up and throughout the 2018/2019 school year. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1–12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English language learners (ELLs). The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions about whether a student is a candidate for English language support services.

Click HERE to register for the WIDA Screener Administration Training.


Teaching Academic Language and Literacy to English Learners Using SIOP
August 23, 2018, November 27, 2018 and January 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop presents an opportunity for deeper learning about SIOP and implementation of the eight SIOP components. This workshop series is ideal for participants who have previously received SIOP or Sheltered Instruction training. As a framework for organizing instruction, The SIOP Model supports teachers in planning and delivering high-quality instruction for all students. Educators will participate in three consecutive days of intensive professional learning around implementing the SIOP Model. The SIOP Model has eight components: Lesson Preparation, Building Background, Comprehensible Input, Strategies, Interaction, Practice and Application, Lesson Delivery, & Review and Assessment. Educators will experience a variety of strategies to ensure that each of the eight components are understandable and ready to implement across grade levels and subject areas. This workshop builds on participants' foundational understanding of SIOP by extending learning into the implementation of content and language instruction for ELs while developing academic proficeincy for college and career readiness.The text Developing Academic Language with the SIOP Model by Deborah Short and Jana Echevarria serves as the foundation for this workshop.

Click HERE to register for the Teaching Academic Language and Literacy to English Learners Using SIOP workshop.


WIDA Screener Administration Training
September 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide information and practice to staff that will administer the NEW WIDA Screener during spring/summer enrollment and kindergarten round up and throughout the 2018/2019 school year. The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1–12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English language learners (ELLs). The purpose of this assessment is to help educators make decisions about whether a student is a candidate for English language support services.

Click HERE to register for the WIDA Screener Administration Training.


Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3
October 4, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
November 29, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
December 13, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January 24, 2019 - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 workshop series has been designed as an in depth, year-long collaborative opportunity for school and/or district teams of general education and ESL educators. Educators will participate in two full days and two evenings of deep learning about essential literacy practices supporting K-3 English Learners with ongoing learning via a collaborative group in miPLACE. The cohort model provides ongoing, job embedded professional learning to teams of educators interested in deeper learning on this topic. The need for this type of professiona learning stems from the Third Grade Reading Law and implications for K-3 ELs and their teachers. Facilitators will use the Pre-K/K & K-3 Essential Literacy Practices, GELN, as powerful resources throughout the cohort.

Click HERE to register for the Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 workshop.


Title III Advisory Council
October 10, 2018, January 23, 2019 and May 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Members of the Oakland Schools ESL/Title III Advisory Council include representatives from all 28 Oakland County school districts, Oakland Community College, as well as several charter and private non-profit schools. Meeting quarterly, the Council discusses changes to the rules and regulations regarding ESL/Title III Programming, Instruction, and Assessment, and develops strategic plans for implementing these changes to ensure high quality educational opportunities for all English Learners. 

Click HERE to register for the Title III Advisory Council.


WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Training
December 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will prepare participants to administer the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment in the spring of 2019. Staff members responsible for administering the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs need to be trained to administer the assessment. This training will prepare participants for administration of the assessment online. 

Click HERE to register for the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Training.


WIDA ACCESS Kindergarten Training
January 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This half day workshop is designed to provide information and practice to staff that will administer the Spring 2019 WIDA Kindergarten ACCESS. The Kindergarten ACCESS requires the use of a variety of materials to administer the assessment. 

Click HERE to register for the WIDA ACCESS Kindergarten Training.


WIDA Alternate ACCESS Administration Training
January 15, 2019
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide information and practice to staff that will administer the WIDA Alternate ACCESS (only for ELs with specific cognitive impairments) in the spring of 2019. This half day session will prepare participants to administer the WIDA Alternate ACCESS, which is for students with specific cognitive impairments (see MDE WIDA Alternate ACCESS FAQ). 

Click HERE to register for the WIDA Alternate ACCESS Administration Training.


WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Training
January 17, 2019
8:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will prepare participants to administer the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment in the spring of 2019. Staff members responsible for administering the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs need to be trained to administer the assessment. This training will prepare participants for administration of the assessment online. 

Click HERE to register for the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Training.


English Learners with Suspected Disabilities: Guidance Document and Case Studies
May 9, 2019
8:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

English Learners are the fastest growing student group in Oakland County. Across the county districts are over- and under- identifying English Learners as students with disabilities. It is likely that you will be called upon to problem solve about an English Learner with learning difficulties. Are you familiar with the document Oakland Schools Guidance: Big Ideas When Considering a Special Education Evaluation of a Student Learning English as a Second Language? Come learn about updates to the guidance document, which includes new tools, and hear our colleagues share case studies and their district protocols regarding English Learners with suspected disabilities. An outcome of this day is to assist educators in thinking about their own short- and long- term plans for non-discriminatory identification practices. Multidisciplinary teams which include district EL and Special Education leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Click HERE to register for the English Learners with Suspected Disabilities: Guidance Document and Case Studies.


Supporting Diverse Learners in Math: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
June 26 - 27, 2019
8:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Supporting Diverse Learners in Math Project has developed strands of differentiation and language supports for all MAISA math units, Alg 1, Geo, Alg 2. These tools can be used in conjunction with any math program meeting the Michigan Mathematics Standards. The pilot & review is intended to provide professional learning for educators on using the strands and supports as part of daily instruction. 


Virtual Resource Development
  • What Michigan School Leaders Need to Know About English Learners
    • Virtual modules under development in the miPLACE HUB
  • English Learner: Difference or Disability? 
    • Virtual course in development in the miPLACE HUB