Professional Learning

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Learning for Educators of English Learners 


MDE Regional Workshop: Teaching Academic English to ELs in the Elementary &  Middle Schools Using the SIOP Model
July 12 – 14, 2017
Oakland Schools
Registration now closed.


August 14, 15, & 16, 2017

As a framework for organizing instruction, The SIOP Model supports teachers in planning and delivering high-quality instruction for all students.

The Eight Components
  • Lesson Preparation 
  • Building Background 
  • Comprehensible Input 
  • Strategies 
  • Interaction 
  • Practice and Application 
  • Lesson Delivery 
  • Review and Assessment
When implemented with fidelity, SIOP is proven to:
  • Increase student achievement
  • Improve academic content skills and language skills
  • Deliver results aligned to district objectives
  • Prepare students to become college and career ready
Click HERE to register for SIOP

WIDA Assessment Administration Trainings
  1. WIDA Screener (click on the date to register): August 7 OR September 12, 2017
  2. WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 (REPEAT): December 12, 2017 OR January 10, 2018
  3. WIDA ACCESS Kindergartern (REPEAT): January 24, 2018 (AM only) 
  4. WIDA Alternate: January 24, 2018 (PM only)

MITESOL Pre-conference Institute: Promoting equity and excellence through functional language awareness: Develop, differentiate, and move forward!

October 20, 2017

Facilitated by national speaker, TESOL instructor, and professor of Bilingual and ESL Education, Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas, Texas Woman's University

In this interactive workshop, K-12 educators of English Learners will be introduced to the notions of language functions and language awareness, and will learn how discourse analysis can be used to facilitate use of academic language and literacy in content classes such as math, science, and others.

Click HERE to register for the MITESOL Pre-conference Institute

Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 (series)
November 2, 2017 (full day), December 5, 2017 (full day), February 28, 2018 (evening), & April 18, 2018 (evening)

The Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 (series) has been designed as an in depth, year long collaborative opportunity for general education and ESL educators. Educators will participate in two school days and two evenings of deep learning about essential literacy practices to foster academic language development in English Learners, grades K-3. The GELN Essential Literacy Practices documents will be examined and used to plan responsive literacy instruction for K-3 English Learners.

Passionate educators interested in collaborating to make their curriculum, instruction, and assessment more accessible and responsive to the unique needs of English Learners are encouraged to participate in this innovative series!

Click HERE to register for the Essential Literacy Practices series

Creating a Culture of Thinking with English Learners
April 17, 2018

In this brand new workshop, participants will learn how to cultivate a Culture of Thinking with English Learners. The Eight Cultural Forces that define the classroom will be explored and relevant connections will be made to structuring the classroom environment to support deep learning for English Learners. Specific Visible Thinking Routines and student examples will be shared. Learning will be extended through a Collaboratorium group in miPLACE which will include additional resources, virtual discussion and collaboration, and opportunities to dig deeper into developing a Culture of Thinking with English Learners. 

Click HERE to register for the Creating a Culture of Thinking workshop

Beyond WIDA 101
May 9, 2018

The Beyond WIDA 101 workshop is for educators of English Learners with a foundational understanding of the WIDA instructional framework. Participants will dig deeply into the WIDA instructional framework by:

using WIDA assessment data to plan rigorous and responsive instruction
applying the WIDA tools to differentiate instruction
utilizing the rich resources accessible in the WIDA download library
integrating the WIDA Can Do Descriptors Key Uses Edition into current practices

Following the one day workshop participants will be invited to join in collaborative, ongoing, virtual learning opportunities around these topics.

Click HERE to register for the Beyond WIDA 101 workshop

Supporting Diverse Learners in Mathematics, Grades 6-8 & Algebra Launch
June 27, 2018 AND June 28, 2018

The Supporting Diverse Learners in Mathematics Project has developed strands of differentiation and language supports for all MAISA mathematics units grades 6-8 & Algebra. These tools can be used in conjunction with any mathematics program meeting the Michigan Mathematics Standards. The two day launch will provide professional learning for educators on using the strands and supports as part of daily instruction. All resources and materials are provided free of charge.

Click HERE to register for the Supporting Diverse Learners in Mathematics lauch