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 Pennsylvania 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.

Spring 2023 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, February 15 | 2-3 PM | Register
Wednesday, March 22 | 10-11 AM | Register
Wednesday, April 19 | 1-2 PM | Register
Thursday, May 18 | 10-11 AM | Register 
Tuesday, June 6 | 1-2 PM | Register

ELD Curriculum Development

This series introduces educators to the state’s recommended ELD curriculum development framework. Educators will deep dive into the 2020 WIDA Standards, Understanding by Design (UbD), and linguistics while being guided through the development process in a step-by-step and modeled approach. By the end of the series, educators can expect to have drafted one ELD curriculum unit and be equipped to use it as a model for developing additional units.
Format: Three, 3 hour virtual sessions on Zoom
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators; afterschool educators
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc. 
Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Adviser, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Act 48: 9 hours, upon completion of the series
Schedule:
Session 1: Tuesday, March 14 | 9-12 PM 
Session 2: Wednesday, March 15 | 9-12 PM
Session 3: Thursday, March 16 | 9-12 PM
Register

Educational Linguistics

This course offers a three-part series on Educational Linguistics and a “bonus,” fourth course focused on Sociolinguistics. 

The Educational Linguistics three-part series addresses the processes of language learning. Specifically, we will focus on developing an understanding of the structure and sound systems of English in relation to other languages and in relation to a variety of teaching strategies. By focusing on a comparison of language structures and sound systems as well as theories of second language acquisition and development, this series allows participants to develop pedagogical language knowledge with regards to how students’ rich linguistic repertoires are leveraged in learning a new language. By exploring concepts of positive and negative transfer, participants will develop greater awareness of the difference between systematic errors that may require explicit instruction and natural errors that will correct themselves with appropriately modeled language input. 

The fourth “bonus” session addresses issues related to Sociolinguistics. Language is a social activity and language practices are rooted in communities’ cultural practices. Linguistic variations are associated with human geography and social identities informed by socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, gender identities, age and generation, and more. Despite there not being any valid scientific language or dialect hierarchy in linguistics, there are powerful social hierarchies that place greater value on certain languages, dialects, and registers. In this session, we will discuss humanizing pedagogies that affirm the validity of all languages and dialects and discuss ways to design rich dialogic instruction that facilitates the expansion of students’ linguistic repertoires. 

Sessions will not be recorded. Act 48 credits are available to participants upon completion of the three-part series and will be additionally added upon completion of the bonus, Sociolinguistics course. 
Format: Four, 90-minute virtual sessions on Zoom 
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc. 
Act 48: up to 6 hours
Schedule: 
Session 1: Wednesday, April 5 |  2-3:30 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, April 12 | 2-3:30 PM
Session 3: Wednesday, April 19 | 2-3:30 PM
Session 4 (Bonus Sociolinguistics Course): Wednesday, April 26 | 2-3:30 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 these two, 90-minute interactive workshops, 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. These sessions will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available for educators who complete the workshop.
Format: Two, 90 minute virtual sessions on Zoom
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators; afterschool educators
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc. 
Act 48: up to 3 hours 
Schedule:
Session 1: Wednesday, May 3 | 1-2:30 PM 
Session 2: Wednesday, May 10 | 1-2:30 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!
Intended Audience: Faculty and staff in PA’s colleges/universities
Schedule:
Thursday, May 4 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Register 

Distinguishing Learning Disability From Language Development

Educators are often faced with the challenge of determining whether an English Learner is exhibiting behaviors characteristic of language development or learning disability. To be able to make this distinction, educators must understand the language development process and think critically about factors that influence an individual EL’s development. In this workshop, participants will analyze a few common scenarios and discuss factors that need to be considered when distinguishing between language development and disability. We will also explore the use of educational technology to assist educators in accessing students’ content knowledge and language skills in their primary/home language.
Format: One, 90 minute virtual course on Zoom
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators; afterschool educators
Instructor: Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc. 
Act 48: 90 minutes
Schedule: 
Tuesday, May 9 | 2-3:30 PM | Register

PDE Data Training

This training 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. Act 48 will not be offered for these sessions.
Format: One, 90 minute virtual session on Zoom 
Instructor: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Adviser, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Act 48: Not eligible
Schedule:  
Thursday, May 11 | 9:30-11 AM | Register

Standards Aligned System (SAS) 

English Learners and Graduation Pathway Options

This session will describe the various graduation pathways outlined in Act 158 with a focus on concerns for English Learners.
Intended Audience: This session is intended for secondary educators and/or administrators.
Schedule:  January 31, 2023 | 11am – 12 PM |
Format: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/6374689091
Meeting ID: 637 468 9091

Please visit the Act 158: Pathways to Graduation Toolkit at the following link and familiarize yourself with the information contained there prior to the workshop: Act 158: Pathways to Graduation Toolkit

2022/2023 Facilitated WIDA eWorkshop Series

Join us for the 2022/2023 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.

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
Act 48 Application

Nurturing Speaking Growth

This Virtual Workshop is designed to nurture students’ growth in speaking, by combining an exploration of the ACCESS for ELLs Speaking Test with teaching practices focused on student engagement and oral language development.
Format: Over the course of two live webinar workshops, participants will engage in three modules. Module 1 is self-paced, and delves into understanding common questions regarding the WIDA ACCESS Speaking test. Participants will choose one of two paths: Educators who do not administer the ACCESS speaking test or educators who do administer the ACCESS test and want to know more. Modules 2 and 3 are guided. Module 2 explores implementing standards-aligned pedagogical practices and Module 3 discusses teacher actions to growth student speaking abilities.
Audience: K-12 classroom teachers and ESL specialists are encouraged to participate
Act 48: 4 hours
Schedule:
Part 1: Complete the asynchronous modules located in the WIDA Secure Portal
Part 2: Attend two live webinar sessions on the following dates:
Live Online Session 1: April 18, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Live Online Session 2: April 25, 2023 |2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Register

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.

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 education 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

WIDA’s 2022-2023 Asynchronous Online Courses: Pre-K

PA educators have access to 4 free online courses offered by WIDA Early Years through July 1st, 2023.  To access the following courses you will need to have a PA PD Registry username and password.   You can create your free account at www.papdregistry.org. If you have any questions please contact Barry at bwiestling@pa.gov.

All course are approved for ACT 48 and PQAS credit.  You can access the modules by navigating to the “Training Calendar” and searching within the “Keyword” area for the module you are interested in.

WIDA – Dual Language Learners and their Families
This module explores the strengths and resources that dual language learners and their families bring to EEC programs.

WIDA – Dual Language Learners with Disabilities
Illustrated through a classroom vignette, this module provides essential information for identifying and supporting the needs of dual language learners with disabilities in EEC settings.

WIDA – Scaffolding Language Learning for Dual Language Learners
Illustrated through a classroom vignette, this module explores how EEC educators scaffold children’s language learning within the environment, routines, and activities.

WIDA – Promising Practices for Dual Language Learners
This module illustrates how EEC staff members may utilize the WIDA Promising Practices guide to begin implementing the Essential Actions.

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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