Key Principles for Effective Instruction for English Learners: and for All...

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American Overseas School Of Rome Inc.

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A professional development workshop with Dr. Virginia P. Rojas.

Who should attend?

  • Elementary, middle school and high school EAL teachers

  • Elementary, middle school and high school classroom teachers

  • Elementary, middle and high school academic leaders

Workshop Overview

As the demography of international schools continues to change with the result that every classroom has more English learners than ever before, it is necessary to turn the often-heard mantra, ‘every teacher is a language teacher’ into classroom practice. These immersion classrooms differ from past practices and as such require EAL- effective and collaborative ‘growth mindsets’ not just among EAL teachers but among all teachers.

Workshop Goals

In this three-day institute, participants will:

  • develop a professional knowledge base on issues related to immersion for English learners and how it differs from inclusion for Learning Support students;

  • focus on strategies to develop academic English-language proficiency so English learners can attain the expectations of the Common Core standards and the IBO command terms);

  • develop an understanding of bilingualism (multilingualism) in order to build an asset-based instructional repertoire for leveraging English learners' primary languages, cultural assets, and prior knowledge;

  • develop an understanding of how classroom teachers and EAL specialists can seamlessly work together to teach up so that English learners have access to grade-level standards and success with rigorous assessments (i.e. not resorting to past instructional approaches such as modifications, interventions, remediation, accommodations, or simplification);

  • cultivate a ’differentiation mindset' not as events but as a way of daily classroom life;

  • cultivate an ‘instructional scaffolding mindset' for the teaching of reading and writing; and

  • cultivate a 'student-driven language-growth assessment mindset' using ‘language performance’ descriptors to understand the progressive stages of second language acquisition as they relate to classroom-based assessment tasks.

Implementable Skills

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • design language learning targets aligned with mainstream classrooms’ content objectives;

  • design learning experiences to develop English learners’ use of academic language as per international schools’ expectations;

  • design learning experiences which leverage English learners’ home languages and cultures;

  • design learning experiences to progressively scaffold English learners’ speaking, reading, and writing skills;

  • design differentiated learning experiences based on English learners’ language proficiency;

  • use formative and summative assessment tasks to grow and monitor English learners’ language proficiency; and

  • design ways for EAL and classroom teachers to strategically collaborate in order to get this work done.

Registration includes lunch and coffee breaks during the 3-day training, and a dinner on the final day.

Please note: Accommodation: we are negotiating with some hotels in the area and downtown Rome. Information will be posted within the next few weeks. Should you decide to book a room that is not within walking distance to the school, transportation will be provided.

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