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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

ELD Curriculum Development

**This virtual series requires a minimum of 10 registrants. Low enrollment may result in cancellation.**
An essential component of an effective educational program for English learners is an ELD curriculum that aligns language development progressions with academic content standards. This workshop is designed to provide guidance that can assist in the development process. In this session, participants will consider the critical components of an ELD curriculum as well as explore methods for engaging in the collaborative development process. This workshop will take up an approach to curriculum development that utilizes the Understanding by Design framework (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) and the elements of Universal Design for Learning (CAST, 2018) to integrate academic content standards and the 2020 updated WIDA ELD Standards. Sessions will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available for educators who complete the series.
Act 48 Credit Hours: 9
Intended Audience:
 district- or school-based teams of educators and administrators (ESL Specialists/ELD Coordinators, subject-area teachers, and curriculum writers/directors) who are collaboratively engaged in ELD curriculum development
Instructors: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Statewide Multilingual Education and Instructional Design Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities
August 24, 25, & 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | REGISTER NOW

Teacher Preparation: Pennsylvania Policies and Procedures for Educating English Learners

This virtual seminar is designed to bring together college and university faculty with ELD advisors from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The purpose of this seminar is for PDE staff to share information on current PA policies and procedures related to the education of English learners with ideas, resources, and suggestions for faculty to integrate this information into teacher preparation coursework for teacher candidates seeking Instructional I certification in PA.
Act 48 Credit Hours: 2 hours
Intended Audience: college and university faculty who prepare PreK-12 teacher candidates for PA Instructional I certification
Instructors: Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Statewide Multilingual Education and Instructional Design Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities
August 11 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | REGISTER NOW

 

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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