On August 16-17, 2017 we had an ESOL/Bilingual Summer Institute and a Kid Writing Institute.

ESOL/Bilingual Summer Institute

Provide an opportunity for K-12 ESOL and bilingual program teachers to learn about best practices and strategies that will have high impact on English Language Learner outcomes, and align them to District-wide instructional practices. The institute will also feature a panel discussion and subsequent break-out sessions with local university experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Reading Language and Literacy. The panel and break-out sessions will address principles of the promising practices:

  1. Focus on academic/disciplinary language and concepts
  2. Link background knowledge, interest, and culture to learning;
  3. Increase comprehensible input and language output; and
  4. Promote quality classroom interaction. Representatives from community-based organizations (CBOs) will also lead presentations, exposing teachers to additional resources relevant to the various immigrant communities they serve.

This specific portion of the Institute addresses Action Plan 3.0, Action 12– Connect schools with community resources and partnerships to meet student needs; Word Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s Principles of Language Development (Principles 1-3) and Danielson Framework, Domain 4. Participants MUST attend all sessions to receive monetary compensation.

Kid Writing Institute

ESOL friendly/classroom teachers will participate in a 2 day introductory workshop on Kid Writing. Kid Writing is an instructional approach to teaching phonics in the context of writing to young children. Participants will also attend plenary sessions on topics related to promising practices for literacy instruction in order to support English language learners.