Professional Learning

Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities

The following opportunities are available at no cost to current employees of Pennsylvania public school districts and current employees and students of PA institutions of higher education. To be eligible to participate, you MUST register with your educational institution’s official email address.

If you have any questions about these professional learning opportunities, please contact the ELD Team at ESL@csc.csiu.org.
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Workshop details and registration links are below. Space is limited in each session. All professional learning events are subject to change.

Fall 2022 Virtual Professional Learning Events

PDE English Language Development Office Hours

In an effort to provide additional support to districts and respond to concerns in the field about the education of ELs, the EL program area at the Department of Education is offering a series of online office hours. These informal “drop-in” sessions will serve as an opportunity for the Department to clarify policies and procedures related to the education of English learners, answer specific questions from the field, and allow district personnel to network and support each other. Act 48 will not be offered for these sessions. Sessions will not be recorded.
Format: virtual sessions on Zoom
Intended Audience: These sessions are for district-level coordinators and/or administrators who oversee language instruction educational programs (LIEPs).
Instructor: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Adviser, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Act 48: Not eligible
Schedule:
Wednesday, September 14 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Register
Tuesday, September 20 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Register
Wednesday, September 28 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Register
Wednesday, October 12 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Register
Tuesday, October 25 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Register
Tuesday, November 15 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Lunch and Learn Session at 2022 ELD Conference
Wednesday, November 16 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Lunch and Learn Session at 2022 ELD Conference
Thursday, November 17 | 1:00-2:00 PM | Lunch and Learn Session at 2022 ELD Conference
Wednesday, December 7 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Register
Tuesday, December 20 | 10:00-11:00 AM | Register

 

ELD Coordinator Training

This online workshop is designed to train ELD Coordinators to manage the various components of ELD program implementation and administration. During this session, we will take an in-depth look at procedures related to EL identification, placement, assessment, reclassification, monitoring, and reporting. Additional topics that will be covered include LIEP design and evaluation, EL student growth and attainment targets, communicating with parents and families, fostering collaboration, and facilitating an inclusive and supportive school climate for ELs and their families. This session will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available for educators who complete the workshop.
Intended Audience: ELD Coordinators and ESL Specialists who share responsibilities for the LIEP implementation
Instructor: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Act 48: 3 hours
Schedule: Tuesday, September 27 | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Register

 

Culturally Responsive Teaching: From Concept to Classroom Practice

Culturally Responsive Teaching (Gay, 2000; Ladson-Billings, 1997) is not a new concept; however, educators across the nation continue to struggle with its implementation, moving from concept to classroom practice. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, educators will review the tenets of culturally responsive teaching by deep diving into critical cultural concepts – acculturation (Berry, 1994, 2001), the immigrant paradox (Gans, 1992), and Funds of Knowledge (Gonzalez, Moll, & Amanti, 2005). Drawing upon take-aways from our deep dive, we will consider ways to replace deficit perspectives with ones that leverage the cultural and linguistic abundance that ELs bring to our classrooms and schools. This session will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available for educators who complete the workshop.
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators; afterschool educators
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Vice President of Education, WITF, Inc.
Act 48: 1.5 hours
Schedule: Thursday, October 6 | 4:00-5:30 PM | Register

PDE-IHE Partnership Meetings

Faculty members and staff from Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities are invited to attend quarterly meetings with the PDE/CSC ELD team. The purpose of these meetings is to build capacity between pre-service teacher preparation and in-service teacher experiences. Interested faculty members should register for each session with their college/university email address. Please feel free to invite your colleagues!
Audience: Faculty and staff in PA’s colleges/universities
Schedule:
Thursday, September 22 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register
Thursday, December 8 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register
Thursday, May 4 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register 

 

English Language Development Professional Learning Conference

The 2022 English Language Development Professional Learning Conference is a unique opportunity for educators to engage in knowledge sharing, discussion, and critical analysis of educational policies and practices to increase positive educational outcomes for multilingual learners. Visit https://eldconference.center-school.org/ to learn more.
Format: 90-minute virtual sessions on Zoom
Intended Audience: ELD coordinators; K-12 educators; administrators (Out-of-State Educators (Non-PA) are welcome to attend this event.)
Act 48: up to 15 hours
Schedule: November 15-17
Registration is now open!

 

Fall 2022 Facilitated WIDA eWorkshop Series

Join us for the fall 2022 WIDA eWorkshop series! Space is limited for these sessions. We ask that you please monitor your registration and cancel right away if your plans change and you can no longer attend. Many times, we have a long waitlist and many no-shows. As a courtesy to your colleagues, please cancel if you cannot attend.

Considerations when Educating Bilingual Learners with Identified Learning Disabilities

Explore ways educators can effectively plan for the education of bilingual learners identified with learning disabilities. Participants will discuss the laws that address the education of bilingual learners with learning disabilities as well as educators’ obligations under these laws. They will explore factors to consider when planning instruction for bilingual learners with learning disabilities. Workshop modules will also focus on how educators can identify, administer and evaluate instructional accommodations for bilingual learners with learning disabilities.
Format: Over the course of 15 weeks, participants engage in 6 modules that each consist of 3 sections: Explore, Make it Work, and Share. They select ideas to try out in their classrooms and share their experiences with colleagues in online discussion boards and one online meeting.
Audience: K-12 classroom teachers; ESL Specialists
Act 48: 20 hours
Schedule:
Part 1: Asynchronous Online Modules: September 6 – December 16
Part 2: Live Webinar: Wednesday, November 9 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
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Reading Supports for Multilingual Learners

This workshop series focuses on supporting bilingual students who are struggling with reading in English. The course explores strategies such as co-constructed texts, shared reading, and patterned texts to help multilingual learners comprehend texts in English and read with confidence. Workshop modules examine how educators can help multilingual learners develop a deep curiosity for the way language works.
Format: Over the course of 15 weeks, participants engage in 6 modules that each consist of 3 sections: Explore, Make it Work, and Share. They select ideas to try out in their classrooms and share their experiences with colleagues in online discussion boards and one online meeting.
Audience: K-12 classroom teachers; ESL Specialists
Act 48: 20 hours
Schedule:
Part 1: Asynchronous Online Modules: September 6 – December 16
Part 2: Live Webinar: November 14 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Learn how the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) process can help support the dynamic needs of multilingual learners. Discuss resources to support the success of multilingual learners in the MTSS process and examine ways that solution-seeking teams can enact change. School professionals will also learn strategies to collect and maintain culturally and linguistically responsive data for their multilingual learners.
Format: Over the course of 15 weeks, participants engage in 6 modules that each consist of 3 sections: Explore, Make it Work, and Share. They select ideas to try out in their classrooms and share their experiences with colleagues in online discussion boards and one online meeting.
Audience: School or district teams are encouraged to participate.
Act 48: 20 hours
Schedule:
Part 1: Asynchronous Online Modules: October 24 – February 17
Part 2: Live Webinar: January 11 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Register
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WIDA’s 2022-2023 Asynchronous Online Courses 

PA Educators will have access to eight asynchronous online courses offered by WIDA from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023! To access the following courses, you will need to have your WIDA Secure Portal username and password. If you do not have one, please contact WIDA Client Services at help@wida.us or (866) 276-7735 to request an account.

All eWorkshops are approved for Act 48 credits; educators are required to submit a certificate of completion with their 2022-2023 WIDA Act 48 Request Form.

Still need to request Act 48 credits for WIDA asynchronous online courses completed during the 2021-2022 school year? Submit your certificates of completion by September 15!

Course 1: Classroom Teachers: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers

Explore community building and instructional strategies for teachers of multilingual learners who have recently arrived in the U.S. or who are new to the U.S. schools.
Target Audience: K-12 classroom teachers
Act 48: 
2 hours

Course 2: Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry

Focuses on the use of student and class asserts to plan inquiry-based instruction, and explores how to consider the content and language needs of multilingual learners in social studies.
Target Audience: K-12 social studies teachers and ESL Specialists
Act 48: 
4 hours

Course 3: Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena

Provides multiple strategies for engaging mutlilingual students in the central work of sensemaking in science.
Target Audience: K-12 science teachers and ESL specalists 
Act 48:
4 hours

Course 4: Home Languages in the Classroom

Focuses on the essential question: How can I set up routines and learning activities that promote the use of home languages in my classroom? Offered in partnership with the Interconnected Coalitions for Multilingual Education and Equity (ICMEE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Target Audience: K-12 classroom teachers
Act 48: 
20 hours including classroom implementation

Course 5: Making Language Visible: Exploring the Key Language Uses

Highlights the Big Idea of a Functional Approach to Language Development. Focuses on intentional language instruction in the classroom using the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition.
Target Audience: K-12 classroom teachers and administrators
Act 48: 
1 hour

Course 6: Reframing Education for Long-term English Learners

Gives educators an opportunity to reframe the educaiton of multilingual learners classified as Long-term English Learners (LTELs).
Target Audience: K-12 classroom teachers and administrators 
Act 48: 
1 hour

Course 7: Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics

Illustrates the benefits of designing mathematics instruction to provide multilingual students opportunities to use language to express their ideas and co-construct ideas with others.
Target Audience: K-12 math teachers and ESL specialists 
Act 48: 
4 hours

Course 8: The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach

Explores ways to use the WIDA ELD Standards Framework 2020 Edition to support multilingual learners’ achievement and language development.
Target Audience: K-12 educators
Act 48: 
4 hours

 

CSC Learning Center – Self-Paced Online Tutorials

If you have questions, please contact the ELD Team at ESL@csc.csiu.org

ELD Coordinator Training

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours (or more)

This PDE-developed interactive self-paced tutorial provides an overview of all responsibilities associated with the role of district/school ELD coordinator. It provides participants with a self-assessment and plan template in each area to help fulfill these responsibilities. It also supplies links to associated guidance documents, systems needed to perform necessary tasks, and personnel who provide can support and assistance. It is intended for educators who are new to the position, but it can also serve as a refresher for those who have held the position for some time. Educators who complete this course may receive Act 48 credit for doing so. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

EL Screening, Identification, and Placement Process
Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

This PDE-developed interactive self-paced online tutorial covers the screening, identification, and placement of ELs. It walks through the procedure in detail for both pre-K and K-12 outlined in the guidance documents. It is designed for all personnel who are involved in the enrollment process for ELs and any other educators or administrators who wish to learn more about the process. Educators who complete this course may receive Act 48 credit for doing so. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

EL Accountability and the Future Ready PA Index

The English Language Proficiency Indicator is one of two on-track measures, along with Chronic Absenteeism (reported as Regular Attendance), that also serves as federal accountability indicators. This indicator provides a view of English learner growth toward, and on-time attainment of, English language proficiency as measured by the ACCESS for ELLs. English learners are expected to attain proficiency in English within a six-year span; however, this timeline can be less depending on initial proficiency level. Performance on this indicator will be calculated and depicted for all schools that meet the minimum student group size of 20 eligible English learners.

Calculating Individual English Learner Student Targets and Analyzing Student Growth 

This tutorial provides an overview of the rationale for the state EL accountability calculation method, how to calculate individual EL growth/attainment targets, how to set school and district targets, how to determine individual student versus program needs, general considerations for EL data analysis, and understanding the growth to target reports. This is a self-paced asynchronous resource. Act 48 credits will not be offered for this tutorial at this time.


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