Professional Learning

Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to current employees of Pennsylvania public school districts. To be eligible to participate, you MUST register with a PA school district 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.

Summer 2021 Virtual Professional Learning Series

PDE Office Hours – Act 66 and English Learners

Join PDE staff to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding Act 66 and English Learners. This is an informal Q&A session, in which Bob Measel from PDE will provide an overview of Act 66 and respond to any questions from the field.
Act 48 Credit Hours: not available
Instructor: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
August 11, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | VIEW THE RECORDING for a limited time
Translated Act 66 Forms can be access in this Google folder for a limited time.

 

Fall 2021 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, to answer specific questions from the field, and to allow district personnel to network and support each other. Act 48 will not be offered for these sessions. Sessions will not be recorded.
Format: One-hour virtual sessions on Zoom
Intended Audience: These sessions are intended for district-level coordinators and/or administrators who oversee language instruction educational programs (LIEPs).
Instructor(s): Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Adviser, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Act 48: Not available
Schedule:
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | REGISTER NOW
Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW

 

Planning with the WIDA Standards Framework

This eWorkshop series consists of two webinars that are one week apart. Educators and leaders will learn how the various components of the 2020 edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards work together to support equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. Participants will explore how the Standards Framework can support instructional planning and collaboration. Prior to the eWorkshop, participants will receive information about optional learning activities and will have learning opportunities between the two webinars. Access to online resources to support implementation will be available following the eWorkshop.
Format: Two live webinars not to exceed 90 minutes each. Webinars will not be recorded.
IntendedAudience: This eWorkshop is designed for educators and leaders who are responsible for language development within content learning and implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Instructional teams are strongly encouraged to come together.
Instructor(s): Alisa Rhoads, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist
Act 48: 3 hours; participants must enter their PPID number at the time of registration
Schedule:
Part 1: September 7, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Part 2: September 14, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

 

EL Reclassification Tutorial

As districts begin to make EL reclassification decisions, the Department is providing this virtual training to help prepare and plan. The EL Reclassification Tutorial will overview the reclassification policies and the completion of reclassification rubrics while schools are implementing distance learning. Participants will also walk through an example of calculating student scores using the language use inventories rubrics, utilize the online reclassification tool for completing rubrics and generating data files, and uploading the master data file to generate individual student cover sheets. This session will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available for educators who complete the workshop.
Format: One 60-minute online (Zoom) session
Instructor(s):
Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Rachel Breneman, ELD Administrative Assistant and Professional Learning Support, Center for Schools and Communities
Intended audience: K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators
Act 48: 1 hour; participants must enter their PPID number at the time of registration
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | REGISTER NOW

 

ELD Coordinator/Administrator Training

This two-part series is designed for ELD Coordinators who 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 may be covered include LIEP design and evaluation, ELD Curriculum requirements and development, language growth and attainment targets, communicating with parents and families, fostering collaboration, and facilitating an equitable and inclusive school climate for ELs and their families.
Format: Two synchronous 2.5 hour online (Zoom) Sessions
Instructor(s): Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Intended Audience: The target audience for this workshop is new ELD coordinators, but it can be a helpful refresher for returning coordinators as well. Some content may be relevant for ESL Specialists who share responsibilities for the LIEP implementation.
Act 48: 5 hours; Participants MUST enter their PPID # at the time of registration.
Schedule:
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Nurturing Speaking Growth

In this eWorkshop series, participants will explore the underpinnings of the Speaking Test in a self-paced module that allows for choice and control. In the webinars, participants will engage in meaning making activities that provide ways to nurture students’ speaking growth. This eWorkshop is unique in that participants will be asked to speak and share ideas with colleagues within the virtual event. By engaging in the eWorkshop, participants will:

  • Apply the underpinnings of the Speaking Assessment to classroom practice
  • Connect the Key Language Uses to instructional practices in speaking
  • Explore the impact of holding the floor for extended classroom discourse
  • Choose Teacher Moves to support student voice
  • Develop an ear for language to support precision decisions.

Participants will be prompted to complete Module 1 before the first webinar and to complete post-webinar tasks.
Format: One self-paced online module that should be completed before the first webinar. Two live webinars not to exceed 90 minutes each. Webinars will not be recorded. Alternate tasks will be provided for participants who are not able to attend.
Intended Audience: This eWorkshop is designed to support all K-12 educators who would like to explore the connection between the ACCESS Speaking Test and classroom practices that promote oral language development.
Instructor(s): Melissa Paton, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist
Act 48: 3 hours; Participants MUST enter their PPID # at the time of registration
Schedule:
Part 1: September 22, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Part 2: September 29, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
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Planning with the WIDA Standards Framework

This eWorkshop series consists of two webinars that are one week apart. Educators and leaders will learn how the various components of the 2020 edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards work together to support equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. Participants will explore how the Standards Framework can support instructional planning and collaboration. Prior to the eWorkshop, participants will receive information about optional learning activities and will have learning opportunities between the two webinars. Access to online resources to support implementation will be available following the eWorkshop.
Format: Two live webinars not to exceed 90 minutes each. Webinars will not be recorded.
Intended Audience: This eWorkshop is designed for educators and leaders who are responsible for language development within content learning and implementation of the WIDA
ELD Standards. Instructional teams are strongly encouraged to come together.
Instructor(s): Lori Hanna, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist
Act 48: 3 hours; Participants MUST enter their PPID # at the time of registration; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits
Schedule:
Part 1: October 7, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Part 2: October 14, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
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Distinguishing Language Development from Learning Disability 

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.
Format: one 90-minute online (Zoom) workshop
Intended Audience: all educators of ELs; ELD administrator; special education educators
Instructor(s): Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Statewide Multilingual Education Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities
Act 48: 1.5 hours; Participants MUST enter their PPID # at the time of registration.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 | REGISTER NOW

 

Differentiating Instruction for ELs in the Content Classrooms

This workshop is designed for K-12 content teachers who are responsible for educating English learners in their content classrooms. Federal and state policies make clear that ELs must have equitable access to the same standards-based rigorous content instruction as all students, and that content teachers maintain responsibility for ensuring their content instruction is accessible to ELs. Participants will review the state and federal requirements that outline content teachers’ responsibilities for differentiating instruction and assessment before exploring instruction and assessment design processes for differentiation for ELs. Practices, strategies, and design considerations will be analyzed and discussed. Finally, participants will analyze assessment tools and EL classroom assessment data to determine appropriate supports and scaffolds.
Format: Full-day online (Zoom) workshop with one-hour lunch break
Intended Audience: K-12 content teachers who have ELs in their classes
Instructor(s): Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Statewide Multilingual Education and Instructional Design Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities
Act 48: 5 hours; participants must enter their PPID number at the time of registration
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | REGISTER NOW

 

Planning with the WIDA Standards Framework

This eWorkshop series consists of two webinars that are one week apart. Educators and leaders will learn how the various components of the 2020 edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards work together to support equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. Participants will explore how the Standards Framework can support instructional planning and collaboration. Prior to the eWorkshop, participants will receive information about optional learning activities and will have learning opportunities between the two webinars. Access to online resources to support implementation will be available following the eWorkshop.
Format: Two live webinars not to exceed 90 minutes each. Webinars will not be recorded.
Intended Audience: This eWorkshop is designed for educators and leaders who are responsible for language development within content learning and implementation of the WIDA ELD Standards. Instructional teams are strongly encouraged to come together.
Instructor(s): Edith Nava, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist
Act 48: 3 hours; Participants MUST enter their PPID # at the time of registration
Schedule:
Part 1: November 11, 2021 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Part 2: November 18, 2021 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
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WIDA’s Asynchronous Online Courses 

We are thrilled to announce that PA Educators will have access to WIDA’s eight asynchronous online courses starting September 1, 2021! To access the following courses, you will needs 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 via the submission portal on the ESL Portal under the Professional Learning tab.

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; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

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; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

Course 3: School Improvement Planning for Multilingual Learners

Introduces leadership principles and practices to provide equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners, based on a distributive leadership model.
Target Audience: K-12 administrators
Act 48: 
7 hours; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

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; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

Course 5: Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough

Introduces leaders to a classroom walkthrough resource that highlights practices and principles of exemplary and equitable teaching for multilingual learners.
Target Audience: K-12 school administrators
Act 48: 
2 hours; Sumbit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

Course 6: 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; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits 

Course 7: 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; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits 

Course 8: Equity-Focused Professional Learning Communities: A Resource Guide and Study Guides

Guides educators who want to come together in an equity-focused Professional Learning Community (PLC) with the goal of fostering equitable outcomes for multilingual learners. Includes a resource guide and complementary study guides that are to be used in conjunction with WIDA’s self-paced eWorkshops.

Target Audience: K-12 educators who want to come together in PLCs
Act 48: 
20 hours including classroom implementation; Submit Your Certificate of Completion for Act 48 Credits

 

CSC Learning Center – Self-Paced Online Tutorials

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Kolb, Statewide Multilingual Education and Instructional Design Project Manager.

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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