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ESL/ELD, Bilingual, and Dual-Language Sessions

Santillana Professional Development offers high-quality, research-based professional development opportunities that support second language teaching and learning. We offer pedagogical sessions that focus on first and second language acquisition theory and application, applied linguistics, methods of teaching and learning reading in a second language, and other key language topics that assist in the professional development of highly qualified K–12 Spanish and ESL/ELD teachers.

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  1. Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 1 (Day 1)

    Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 1 (Day 1)
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    Workshop focuses on language and content sheltered instruction and explores proven-effective, research-based planning tools for working with ELL in elementary classrooms or secondary content-area classrooms. This is a three-session (three full days) workshop, presented either concurrently or separately. Session 1 (Day 1): Participants learn effective strategies for planning and preparation: how to select and use appropriate basal and supplemental instructional materials, adapt content to different levels of ELL proficiency, and deliver lessons. They also learn about comprehensible input, and how it is used to inform explanations of academic tasks, and the application of a variety of classroom techniques to make content concepts clear (such as modeling, visuals, hands on activities, demonstrations, experiments, gestures, and body language). Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  2. Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 2 (Day 2)

    Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 2 (Day 2)
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    Workshop focuses on language and content sheltered instruction and explores proven-effective, research-based planning tools for working with ELL in elementary classrooms or secondary content-area classrooms. This is a three-session (three full days) workshop, presented either concurrently or separately. Session 2 (Day 2): Participants learn how to incorporate effective teaching strategies into instruction to ensure comprehensible input. They create content and language objectives and opportunities for students to use learning strategies themselves. Participants also learn a variety of scaffolding techniques, including reading scaffolding and consistent use of scaffolding from lesson to unit to theme. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  3. Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 3 (Day 3)

    Sheltered Instruction Strategies for Language and Content Workshop: Session 3 (Day 3)
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    Workshop focuses on language and content sheltered instruction and explores proven-effective, research-based planning tools for working with ELL in elementary classrooms or secondary content-area classrooms. This is a three-session (three full days) workshop, presented either concurrently or separately. Session 3 (Day 3): Participants learn to incorporate additional teaching strategies that focus on building background knowledge and activating prior knowledge, such as grouping configurations that support both language and content learning and clarifications in both L1 and L2. They also learn how to incorporate practice and application activities that reinforce language and content objectives and explore ways to review the objectives, including targeted vocabulary (both subject area/technical and academic vocabulary) and key concepts and ideas. The session also addresses the use of formative and summative assessments to evaluate students. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  4. Theory and Practice of Language Acquisition

    Theory and Practice of Language Acquisition
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    The session focuses on the current research framework that supports high-quality, effective teaching and learning practices in the classroom: First v. Second Language Acquisition, Factors that Affect Language Acquisition in the Classroom, the Affective Filter, Language Proficiency and Leveling, Thomlinson’s Differentiated Instruction (*), and others. Participants explore teaching and learning strategies based on this framework and are presented with hands-on, classroom-tested examples, as well as samples of instructional materials that support this methodological framework. (*) Differentiated instruction (Carol Anne Thomlinson) is an approach to teaching essential content in ways that address the varied learning needs of students with the goal of maximizing the possibilities of each learner. In the classroom, teachers must differentiate not only by language proficiency, but also by other factors, such as each student’s functional grade level, academic background, and cultural and ethnic variables. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  5. Teaching Millennial Students

    Teaching Millennial Students
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session presents the characteristics and needs of millennial students, identified as those children born between 1981 and 2004 (Novotney, 2010; Howell & Strauss, 2000; Stewart & Bernhardt, 2010; and Wilson, 2004). Participants explore the implications of these factors on teaching in ESL, bilingual, dual-language and Spanish as a World Language, and/or Spanish for Spanish speakers program models, and learn second language strategies that capitalize on the strengths of millennial students to help increase student achievement. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  6. Teaching Language, Literacy, and Content to High-Quality Standards

    Teaching Language, Literacy, and Content to High-Quality Standards
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session explains what high-quality standards* are and their instructional implications in the classroom, particularly as they relate to ELL, Spanish Language Arts, and Spanish as a World Language instruction. Participants examine the principles of standards-based instruction; instruction that (a) is comprehensible, (b) is grade-level and developmentally appropriate, (c) is of the same rigor, and scope and sequence as the instruction received by English speakers and (d) takes into consideration language and cultural differences. Participants compare and contrast state and national content standards* and explore ways to address and implement these standards in the classroom. * ELA Common Core Standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards, the ACTFL Standards, WIDA Standards, etc. Each session is tailored to either teachers of ELL (ESL/ELD, bilingual, or dual-language), teachers of Spanish as a World Language, or teachers of Spanish for Spanish speakers (heritage speakers). Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  7. Review and Assessment in the Bilingual, ESL, and Spanish Classroom

    Review and Assessment in the Bilingual, ESL, and Spanish Classroom
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session examines the research behind assessing English language and grade-level academic proficiency in ELL, including the Thomas & Collier (1997) research findings. Participants are introduced to a variety of measurement strategies and approaches, including how to use individual, classroom, and school-wide achievement data to gauge ELL progress in acquiring language and content knowledge. Practical, hands-on activities encourage participants to create and implement assessment and evaluation tools for both formative and summative purposes. Participants explore the role of statewide assessments in measuring ELL progress, and how to best prepare the students for high-stakes evaluations of English language, literacy, and content. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00 Learn More
  8. Reading Strategies for the Second Language Classroom (ESL/ELD)

    Reading Strategies for the Second Language Classroom (ESL/ELD)
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    The acquisition of reading skills is vital to the development of literacy in any language. This session discusses pre-, during, and post-reading strategies and approaches that make scaffolded reading instruction comprehensible to ALL students, especially students who have had interrupted formal education (SIFE). Participants learn the appropriate use of high-interest, low-difficulty reading selections. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  9. Principles of Interactive Instruction

    Principles of Interactive Instruction
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session explores activity-based teaching and focuses on how teachers can recognize what each learner brings to the classroom and the role they play in their own language acquisition process. Since research on learning and memory (Sprenger, 1999), on language acquisition and language learning (Cameron, 2001), and on the functions of the brain (Genesee, 2000) confirms ELL are actively constructing schema (organizational structures of language and content) and meaning, instruction should motivate students to take active roles in their own learning. Participants will learn how communicative teaching and learning focuses on authentic, comprehensible, and interactive communication through a variety of channels: teacher/student, student/teacher, student/student, student/students, etc. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  10. Instructional Learning Strategies for the Bilingual/ESL Classroom

    Instructional Learning Strategies for the Bilingual/ESL Classroom
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session explores the meaning of bilingualism and effective bilingual language program models, including transitional, dual-language, one-way and two-way bilingual, among others. Participants examine key factors in the development of bilingual programs, implementation issues, materials that most effectively support L1 and L2 oral language and literacy development, and common transferable elements of L1 to L2 literacy. Participants learn how to develop effective instructional units and compare, contrast, and evaluate examples of curriculum mapping, lesson designs and model lessons. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  11. Engaging ELL Students through H.O.T.S.

    Engaging ELL Students through H.O.T.S.
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session examines the research base and theory behind accelerating student achievement through rigorous and relevant instruction that actively engages students in higher-order thinking (Krathwohl, 2002; Pogrow, 1995; 2002; 2004; 2004a; Bartos & Banks, 2015). Participants select instructional strategies based on student achievement data that supports ELL student mastery of high-quality standards (such as the ELA Common Core Standards and the Texas TEKS). Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  12. Comprehensible Input and its Implications to the Bilingual, ESL, and Spanish Classroom

    Comprehensible Input and its Implications to the Bilingual, ESL, and Spanish Classroom
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session focuses on Second Language Acquisition theories as presented by researchers (Krashen, 1981; Krashen & Terrell, 1983), including Jim Cummins’s distinction between two types of language: basic interpersonal communications skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). Participants learn how these theories can help develop effective instructional strategies and assessments that guide students along a continuum of language development—from cognitively undemanding, context-embedded curricula to cognitively demanding, context-reduced curricula (Robson, 1995). Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More
  13. Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness and Multicultural Understanding

    Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness and Multicultural Understanding
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K-12

    $3,500.00

    This session explores the importance of multiculturalism and pluralism in the classroom and ways to better understand and serve different student populations. Participants examine Banks’s (1997) dimensions of multicultural education and discuss the importance of cultural differences, strategies to appropriately respond to these differences, how cultural differences may impact learning in math, science, and social studies; and how to apply these principles to their own instruction. Learn More
  14. Applying Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for Effective Lesson Delivery with Content/Language Objectives

    Applying Depth of Knowledge (DOK) for Effective Lesson Delivery with Content/Language Objectives
    Professional Development Sessions - Level K–12

    $3,500.00

    This session focuses on the research framework that supports the teaching and learning of language and literacy through the application of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge methodology. Webb (1997) developed a process and criteria for systematically analyzing the alignment between standards and standardized assessments, called Depth of Knowledge (DOK). The DOK model can be used to analyze the cognitive expectation demanded by standards, curricular activities, and assessment tasks (Webb, 1997). Participants will explore how the DOK model can be applied to the bilingual, ESL, and Spanish classroom, and how teachers can learn to ascribe a cognitive demand level and DOK category in order to differentiate language and content instruction for second language learners. Maximum of 35 participants. Each additional participant $50.00. Learn More

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