Available training for Academic Vocabulary Instruction for Pre-K – 2nd Grade ELLs

WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp: “Academic Vocabulary for Pre-K – Grade 2 English Language Learners”


Presenter: Pamela Spycher , Ph.D., Director of English Learners and the Language Arts (ELLA ) at WestEd
Dates: September 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2009
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm (PST)
Cost: $400 (Please see “Group Options” below)

Live e-Workshop Series Description:

In this live, online professional development series, participants will learn and implement research-based methods of academic vocabulary instruction for English language learners in pre-kindergarten (pre-school, age 4) through 2nd grade classrooms. These methods will not only help teachers to boost vocabulary knowledge in students, they will also make instruction more engaging and fun for both students and teachers.

Participants will explore current research on vocabulary instruction for English language learners in the early years of schooling, have opportunities to share their ideas with colleagues, and receive support to practice implementing strategies in their own classrooms. Download a flier to share with a colleague.

For an introduction to this live e-Workshop series topic and the webinar technology, please watch and listen to Pamela Spycher’s free, archived SchoolsMovingUp webinar, English Learners and the Language Arts , or participate in a live encore presentation of this webinar on August 20.

You may use the following American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to pay for this e-Workshop series:
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title 1, Part A
Enhancing Education through Technology
To sign up for this e-Workshop, please visit http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/print/htdocs/smu/academic_vocabulary.htm.

Your registration fee includes:
A series of four live professional development sessions using online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with a national expert
One Internet connection to the live series
An online community of educators with which to share resources and discuss strategies

Online office hours with the presenter (Times TBD)
An online filing cabinet to share resources with the presenter and other users
Online access to the activities explored in the workshop for classroom implementation
A certificate of completion indicating ten hours to be used for salary credit
Group Options:
Single Sign-In
Up to ten people at one location using one computer and projector to view the e-Workshop
Group members use one designated facilitator's e-mail account to chat and interact with the instructor/coach during office hours
Only this designated onsite facilitator may submit lesson plans, receive feedback, and receive a certificate for professional development hours
Cost: $400
Multiple Sign-In
At least five people from the same agency or organization, each using an individual login ID
Each person in the group can use their own login and e-mail account to chat and interact with the instructor/coach during office hours, submit lesson plans & receive feedback, and receive a certificate for professional development hours
Cost: $300 per person
*Participation in all four live webinars is recommended, but if you are unable to attend a live session, you may view an archive of that session.

For questions about this e-Workshop series, please e-mail schoolsmovingup@wested.org or call (510) 302-4248.

Outcomes—participants will:
Identify multiple, research-based strategies for teaching vocabulary to young English language learners
Describe successful methods of teaching vocabulary used in their classrooms or observed in others' classrooms
Apply instructional strategies for teaching vocabulary in their classrooms
Read and discuss recent research on vocabulary instruction for English learners
Develop ways to observe and track students' vocabulary use in the classroom
Establish an action plan for teaching vocabulary and
Identify resources available for further learning
For more information, please see this e-Workshop series syllabus .

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Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.

Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.

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