Tag Archives: ELL

RPDC: Focusing on Diverse Learners

blog post byStarting this summer, we will be sharing blog posts from staff who working as part of the LearningLab as well as the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center. (Want to know more? Visit the “About” section at the top of the blog!) Look for information on upcoming programs, resources they’d like to share and much more!

Up first, Marlow Barton and Julie Sperry write about an upcoming symposium – click on the links for further details:

Happy almost summer! We are looking forward to seeing you in June as we focus on diversity together. We are excited about the many learning opportunities that will be waiting for you during the St. Louis Summer Symposium: Focus on Diversity.  On the first day, is Jo Gusman presenting “State Standards and The Diverse Learner” and day two is Beyond Core Expectations: A School-Wide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common-Learner with Dr. Maria Dove and Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld. On the third day, we have Theresa Roberts from California State University presenting on literacy for pre-K-2 diverse learners as well as many breakout sessions on topics such as SPED & ELL, DRDP, WIDA standards, family engagement, legal responsibilities and culturally and linguistically responsive instruction. Can’t wait to see you there!

More Success for ELL Students

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original blog post about Creating Success for ELL Students

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session on Creating Success for ELL Students is full- however- she’s agreed to facilitate another one on November 7th! At that event, she will also provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. For more details on this full-day session in November at the Brentwood Conference Center, visit our registration page.

Here’s more about the training: as the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Faber received her bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

Creating Success for ELL Students

faberAs the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session will provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Register online before September 16. For more details on this full-day session, visit our registration page.

Book Study: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner

Learn the strategies you need to teach common standards to diverse learners.

The elementary years are a critical opportunity to help students of all backgrounds meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards. In this realistic, thorough book, Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies, authors Maria Dove and Andrea Honigsfield show how to help every K-5 student, including English Learners, students with disabilities, speakers of nonstandard English, and other struggling learners, meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The book study’s four sessions will be facilitated by Debra Cole, ELL Instructional Specialist, MELL. All educators and administrators working with ELLs K-5 are invited to participate.

At each meeting we will review & discuss:
• Anticipated Outcomes
• Instructional Challenges
• Promising Classroom Practices
• Common Core Standards—(Un)Common Reflection Questions

Time: 4:30–7 p.m. | Dates:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Location: Cooperating School Districts | Conference Room C (Lower Level)

Cost: $90/person. This fee includes the book and 4 dinners.
Note: University credit will be available for this book study.

Reference #34205-15  |  Registration Deadline:  April 11, 2013