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ENL Seminars

ELT offers a rapidly expanding array of relevant training for all educators, including school-related professionals, ENL, Bilingual and classroom teachers on the topic of language acquisition and the needs of English language learners.

ELT has developed training to assist educators in meeting the Part 154/CTLE Language Acquisition mandate designed to address the needs of English language learners (ELLs).

View the full listing of seminars addressing English language learners in our updated Seminars on Language Acquisition Requirement flyer.

Online Seminars

For Teachers:

Academic Language for English Language Learners: What Teachers Need to Know

This five hour online seminar will help general education teachers target and improve academic language for all learners across disciplines and grade levels, particularly those who are learning English. Participants will identify the differences between social and academic language, analyze the academic language demands of a text, and examine research-based strategies for targeting academic language development in all domains of language.

Culturally Responsive Classrooms

In order to meet the needs our diverse student population, educators must possess the mindset and skills needed to foster a positive learning environment for all students as it is critical to their academic success. Culturally responsive instructional practices honor and support this diversity, connecting learning to students' cultural and linguistic background while building on prior experiences. As a result, educators create an inclusive environment that is accessible and relatable to all students. In this seminar, participants will learn how to build on their current practices to create a culturally responsive classroom for their students. The goal of culturally responsive teaching is to instruct in a way that ensures engage in cognitively demanding tasks that foster independent learning by increasing student engagement and strengths-based mindset.

Establishing an Optimal Co-teaching Classroom with English Learners in Mind

What do teachers need to know and do prior to stepping in front of students as a co-teaching team? Participants of this online seminar will learn how to create a positive relationship by building a foundation for collaboration, welcoming the strengths and contributions each teacher brings to the partnership, and exploring ways to establish a presence where there is trust and respect. Through the co-teaching models for various classroom environments, participants will gain planning strategies to aid all students to learn at higher levels.

These seminars can be used to meet CTLE hours and C.R. Part 154 Language Acquisition requirements.

For districts wanting to request online seminars for their educators, download our Online Seminar Request Form.

 

For School-Related Professionals:

Our World, Our Students

The seminar examines the complexity of the diverse student populations within our schools. Our students represent the financial disparity, diverse cultural backgrounds and differences in learning styles and abilities found amongst the citizens within our state.

We will explore the importance of recognizing our own biases, consider the obstacles which may prevent us from understanding our students and identify those beliefs which can hinder the way we interact with them. We will also look at ways to use our students’ backgrounds, cultural resources, as well as their unique strengths and challenges, to create a more conducive environment for learning. In addition, we will explore ways to involve students in the learning process while providing strategies to demonstrate how we, as educators, can use cultural connections to assist our students in appreciating themselves and each other.
This seminar can be used to meet CTLE hours and C.R. Part 154 Language Acquisition requirements.

Site-based Seminars

These informative three hour seminars can be brought to districts for Superintendent’s Conference days and for after school professional development sessions. NYSUT’s Education & Learning Trust (ELT) has been approved as a CTLE provider.

View the full listing of seminars addressing English language learners in our updated Seminars on Language Acquisition Requirement flyer.

To request one of these sessions, please download our Seminar Request Form and e-mail, fax, or mail the completed form back to us.

For Teachers:

Collaborative Identification of English Learners with a Disability – 3 hour

Participants will examine the many facets of identifying English learners with special needs. Federal regulations and New York’s CR Part 154-3 regulations will form the foundation of this session. Participants will analyze a case study and apply concepts and tools acquired throughout the course. Enriching discussion will focus on the collaborative process of identifying ELs who have a disability. Many practical resources and tools will be provided for educators to utilize from throughout the collaborative process of identifying ELs with a disability.

Collaborative Identification of English Learners with a Disability – 6 hour

Historically, there has been a problem of over- and under-identification of English learners for special education. Participants in this six-hour seminar will simulate a team approach model using a case study as a way to address the issue. This collaborative process will include a review of state and federal regulations, an analysis of student behavior to distinguish a language difference versus a learning disability, a discussion on how the RtI process might look different for English learners, parent support at IEP meetings, and the use of data leveraged to design a program for English learners identified with a disability.

Co-teaching: Building the Partnership
Available as a three hour session

What important things do co-teachers need to know prior to stepping in front of students together? Participants of this workshop will experience and embed strategies to develop a positive co-teaching partnership, learn how to apply the co-teaching models for various classroom environments, and gain planning strategies to ensure the learning of all students at high levels. Please bring a laptop or device, headphones and upcoming lessons/unit plans to the session. It is highly recommend that ENL and content teachers take this seminar with their co-teaching partner.

Co-teaching: Strengthening the Collaboration
Available as a three hour session

You’ve been co-teaching together for a while…. Now what? This session aims to provide co-teachers with the “next steps” in co-teaching. Participants will revisit ways establish a collaborative relationship that truly represents a shared curriculum. Co-teachers will walk away with concrete steps for intentional reflection, effective communication, and thoughtful planning. Beyond this, co-teachers will also become equipped to rise above pitfalls and challenge each other to take their teaching to higher levels, where ALL students are bound to thrive. Please bring an upcoming lesson/unit plans to the session. It is highly recommend that ENL and content teachers take this seminar with their co-teaching partner.

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Available as a three hour session

In order to meet the needs our diverse student population, educators must possess the mindset and skills needed to foster a positive learning environment for all students as it is critical to their academic success. Culturally responsive instructional practices honor and support this diversity, connecting learning to students' cultural and linguistic background while building on prior experiences. As a result, educators create an inclusive environment that is accessible and relatable to all students. In this seminar, participants will learn how to build on their current practices to create a culturally responsive classroom for their students.

Designing Effective Instruction and Learning for English Learners
Available as a three hour session

The five high-leverage principles presented in this seminar synthesize the work of leading scholars and educators and reflect basic practices that can improve teaching and learning for English learners across the content areas. Participants will examine evidence-based instructional strategies that can be incorporated into daily lesson plans and routines as well as determine effective ways to teach and assess both language and disciplinary content. Through building upon students’ background knowledge, incorporating academic language functions, designing and scaffolding deeper learning tasks integrating all four domains, and providing opportunities for student participation, teachers will help EL students become proficient in English and achieve rigorous state standards.

Educating English Learners in Elementary Classrooms
Available as a three hour session

This seminar, designed for elementary teachers, focuses on language acquisition and the challenges ELLs at different proficiency levels face in the mainstream classroom. Teachers will experience a variety of research-based strategies and modifications and learn how to apply them in lesson plans that foster the academic achievement of ELLs in their classes.

Including English Learners: Strategies for Academic Success
Available as a three hour session

With so much attention focused on helping English learners meet grade-level expectations, teachers are looking for what works. In this seminar, participants explore four research-based recommendations for engaging English learners in subject area instruction. Participants will view real life classroom examples and experience practical hands-on activities that can be applied across grade levels and content areas.

Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs - 3 hour

What are some approaches educators can use to develop effective partnerships with bilingual families? In this session, you will examine ways to increase family engagement and improve the home-school connection with the families of our English learners while taking into consideration the four stages of immigrant parent involvement.

Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs - 6 hour

In this six hour session, participants will examine a multitude of ways to develop effective home-school partnerships with the families of our English learners. Initial activities work to increase familiarity with the diverse cultures of the community in order to identify their needs, create a more welcoming school environment, and develop culturally responsive, two-way communication. The culminating activity will be to create an engagement plan in accordance with the requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that targets specific academic outcomes for ELLs while strengthening the meaningful engagement of diverse families. While this training is ideal for school- or district-based teams, it is still relevant and useful for individual educators.

Instructional Supports for English Language Learners
Available as a three hour session

English language learners are the fastest growing student population in schools, and they must be considered when the NYS Next Generation standards are being implemented. Geared for general education teachers, this seminar will help participants design effective content-area instruction while they explore research-based strategies, instructional guidelines and resources for helping ELLs succeed.

Language Acquisition and Learning
Available as a three hour session

How does language development affect learning? Through exposure to research literature and information on language acquisition theory, you will gain a deeper understanding of the intersection of language and learning. Educators will be guided to reflect on how language development affects instruction and learning in their own classrooms.

The Impact of Culture on Student Achievement
Available as a three hour session

In addition to learning a new language, ELLs have to adjust to a new environment and culture while learning new academic skills and content knowledge. Explore the impact of culture on academic achievement, and identify factors that contribute to a culturally responsive classroom in this engaging session.

Understanding English Language Learners
Two hour New Member or Three hour for veteran teachers

As a teacher, what can you do with students in your class who are learning English? How can you help them succeed? This seminar focuses on understanding the stages of verbal acquisition and identifying variables that influence the language acquisition process for ELLs. Strategies that have been shown to successfully engage ELLs are examined and instructional and assessment accommodations are demonstrated.

These seminars can be used to meet CTLE hours and C.R. Part 154 Language Acquisition requirements.

For School-Related Professionals:

Increasing Comprehension of ELLs for SRPs
Available as a three hour session

This seminar will familiarize participants with who our English language learners are and the challenges that they face as they acquire a new language. Participants will have the opportunity to examine how critical culture is and its impact on an English learner’s identity as well as explore strategies for making information more comprehensible and accessible to ELLs.

Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs – 3 hour

What are some approaches educators can use to develop effective partnerships with bilingual families? In this session, you will examine ways to increase family engagement and improve the home-school connection with the families of our English learners while taking into consideration the four stages of immigrant parent involvement.

Supporting and Sustaining Social and Emotional Needs of English Learners Who Suffer Trauma
Available as a three hour session

This seminar, designed for all educators who work with English language learners (ELLs), will address the multitude of trauma that many ELLs have experienced prior to and since their arrival to the US. Immigration, under the best of circumstances, involves separation, loss and challenges to one’s identity. Many of our recently-arrived ELLs present with traumatic stressors most educators have not dealt with before. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies to help students who have experienced trauma, tools to support ELLs’ social and emotional healing, growth and well-being, and ways to build trusting relationships with this fragile cohort.

Our World, Our Students
Available as a three hour session

This seminar helps SRPs become more familiar with students’ cultural abilities and needs in order to create a more conducive learning environment. Educators will engage in discussions of the importance of involving all students in the learning process while demonstrating how they can use cultural connections to assist students in appreciating each other’s strengths.

Understanding Diversity: How Our Schools Are Changing
Two hour New Member

This seminar is designed to help educate students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. It will promote awareness of global differences while identifying shared values. It encourages the understanding of one’s own culture as the doorway to understanding other cultures.

These seminars can be used to meet CTLE hours and C.R. Part 154 Language Acquisition requirements.

View the full listing of seminars addressing English language learners in our updated Seminars on Language Acquisition Requirement flyer.

To request one of these sessions, please download our Seminar Request Form and e-mail, fax, or mail the completed form back to us.