Professional Learning

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

2018/2019


WIDA Assessment Administration Trainings
  1. WIDA Screener Administration Training: August 17 OR September 11, 2018
  2. WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Administration Training: December 11, 2018 OR January 17, 2019
  3. WIDA ACCESS Kindergarten Training: January 15, 2019 (a.m.)
  4. WIDA Alternate ACCESS Administration Training: January 15, 2019 (p.m.)
Click HERE to register for the WIDA Workshops.


What do Michigan School Leaders Need to Know About English Learners?
August 8-9, 2018

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 Leader Need to Know About English Learners workshop.



SIOP - The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol
August 14-16, 2018

What is SIOP?

As a framework for organizing instruction, The SIOP Model support 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 the SIOP - The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol workshop.


Teaching Academic Language and Literacy to English Learners using SIOP
August 23, 2018
November 27, 2018
January 10, 2019

The Teaching Academic Language and Literacy to English Learners Using SIOP 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.


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


Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 (series)
October 4, 2018
November 29 , 2018
December 13, 2018
January 2, 2019

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.


English Learners with Suspected Disabilities: Guidance Document and Case Studies
May 9, 2019

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 workshop.