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1. Focus Group 2: Flipped Classroom for ELLs 2.0

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All teachers of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jan 16, 2020)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 3:45PM-5:45PM
The third Focus Group for the 2019-2020 school year will explore how to expand a Flipped Classroom in the areas of gamification, project based learning, digital citizenship and more. While diving into these areas we will discuss how these strategies promote differentiated, targeted instruction for English Language Learners. Participants will explore strategies to expand or begin a flipped classroom while collaborating and learning with their peers.

2. Focusing Learning Through Standards and Can-Do Statements ** BY INVITATION ONLY**

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: BY INVITATION ONLY

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jan 30, 2020)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
How can we be as effective as possible in planning for language learning? The World-Readiness Standards answer the "what" of language learning, balancing the development of Communication with the meaningful exploration of Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. What really counts to move along the proficiency continuum? Unpack the major levels of proficiency by closely examining the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements organized by the three Modes of Communication and Intercultural Communication to fill in the "how well" to guide learners forward. Use the lens of Standards and Can-Do Statements to analyze key shifts for learners and educators.

3. Science for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: ENL teachers are encouraged to attend with their co-teaching partners

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 4, 2020)

Tuesday, February 4, 2019 from 8:30AM-3:00PM
In this hands-on session, participants will learn and practice research-based strategies for developing ELLs' language skills and content knowledge simultaneously in a collaborative setting. Participants will analyze the language demands of science texts and activities and explore a variety of strategies for supporting ELLs in science. They will have the opportunity to apply these strategies to their context. **Lunch will be provided**

4. Project Based Learning and ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All teachers of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 5, 2020)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 8:30AM-3:00PM
In this hands-on session, participants will explore strategies for scaffolding and supporting ELLs' engagement in PBL. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this learning to their own context and develop a plan for use of PBL with ELLs in their classrooms. **Lunch will be provided**

5. Advocacy for ELLs/MLLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All educators of ELLs/MLLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 12, 2020)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 12:00PM-3:00PM
Learn how to become an advocate through strategies covered in this 1/2 day session. We will explore what advocacy looks like at the following levels:
- Classroom advocacy
- School advocacy
- District advocacy
- State-level advocacy
- National advocacy
Participants will collaborate by sharing strategies and resources that contribute to advocacy efforts for English learners in our schools, their families, communities, and larger issues that impact our field.

6. Design and Development with Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 13, 2020)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 8:30AM-3:00PM
Session 2 of 3: Attendees revisit and expand beyond the foundational principles of culturally and linguistically relevant frameworks by developing Critical Inquiry Project to be implemented in the everyday classroom. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth discussion, application, and planning that incorporates the principles of culturally and linguistically relevant frameworks within the current curriculum. **Lunch will be provided**

7. Effectively Advocating for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All teachers and administrators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 6, 2020)

Closed
This is a seven week winter course offered by SupportEd that runs from January 21-March 6, 2020. This 10-hour interactive course is based on Diane Staehr Fenner's book Advocating for English Learners. Educators and administrators participate in PLC discussions to support each other as they learn EL advocacy strategies and develop a plan for EL advocacy in their context. Participants will complete the course by setting short term goals, long term goals, and action steps using a template designed for this course.

8. Effectively Reaching Your Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All teachers and administrators of SIFE

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 6, 2020)

This is a seven week winter course offered by SupportEd that runs from January 21-March 6, 2020. This 10-hour facilitated course framed around PLC discussions provides educators and administrators with tools to apply effective, practical strategies to develop sound educational programs and instructional support for their SLIFE. Participants will have the option to apply their knowledge either by tailoring a lesson plan for their SLIFE or by determining action steps for their SLIFE program using a goal setting template.

9. Strategies for Building ELLs' Academic Language

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 6, 2020)

This is a seven week winter course offered by SupportEd that runs from January 21-March 6, 2020. Based on the book Unlocking ELs' Potential, the course will explore research-based practices for supporting ELs as participants acquire both language and content knowledge in this course. This 10-hour course, framed around Professional Learning Community (PLC) discussions, provides educators the opportunity to apply best practices to support their ELs at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. Participants will apply their knowledge to develop a culminating lesson with a planning template.

10. Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All teachers and administrators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 6, 2020)

Closed
This is a seven week winter course offered by SupportEd that runs from January 21-March 6, 2020. Participants will delve into research-based practices based on the book Unlocking ELs' Potential. Topics in this 10-hour PLC discussion-based course include best practices in scaffolding content instruction for ELs, supporting oral language development, and implementing formative assessments. The course will culminate with a formative assessment planning activity with the option to complete it individually or collaboratively.

11. Focus Group 3: Literacy and ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 10, 2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 3:45PM-5:45PM
For the third Focus Group of the 2019-2020 school year, educators will become students and actively engage in a series of protocols that will build and sustain academic conversation for diverse learners. They will engage with texts from multiple content areas (science, math, social studies and ELA) as they experience the protocols and resources themselves. All participants will leave with templates and/or links in order to recreate these valuable resources in their own contexts.

12. 2020 NYSESLAT Speaking/Writing Turnkey Training

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators who are new to the NYSESLAT and have not received any training on administering/scoring this exam

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 12, 2020)

Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 8:30AM-3:00PM, lunch will be provided
This training will address administration and scoring of the Speaking and Writing Sessions of the NYSESLAT. For this NYSESLAT Turnkey Training we will:
Review test structure
Review rubrics
Practice scoring
**Lunch will be provided**

13. Developing Proficiency Through High-Leverage Teaching Practices **BY INVITATION ONLY**

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: BY INVITATION ONLY

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 19, 2020)

Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
How can I be the most effective language educator to guide my learners to higher levels of proficiency? High-leverage Teaching Practices are research-based strategies to answer that question. Experience and analyze specific instructional moves to implement the vision of the World-Readiness Standards and to develop proficiency as detailed in the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements. Deconstruct and reflect on how to apply in your classroom "what works" to facilitate target language comprehensibility, support the development of the Interpersonal mode through pair and small group conversations or discussions, and access and discuss authentic resources to develop the Interpretive Mode. Strengthen your core practices!

14. Designing Effective Units of Instruction **BY INVITATION ONLY**

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: BY INVITATION ONLY

Dates: On-Going (Ends Apr 23, 2020)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
How can I focus each unit to effectively develop and assess learners' performance? Using the principles of backward design (UbD), plan one unit of instruction: identify the goals (from Standards and Can-Do Statements), determine acceptable evidence (design assessment of each Mode of Communication), and plan the instruction (what learners need to know and be able to do). The heart of the unit design is envisioning what success looks like as you create the assessments for the end of a unit of instruction. Integrate the assessment of the three Modes of Communication and measure growth in what learners can do with what they know. Build your repertoire for the effective design of tasks in the three Modes of Communication targeting Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced levels of proficiency.

15. Focus Group 4: Tech and ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends May 6, 2020)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 3:45PM-5:45PM
The Fourth Focus group for the 2019-2020 school year will explore different technology tools in these categories:

- Communication tools
- Translations tools
- Different ways to make text accessible
- Tools students can use to produce or publish their work
- Interactive Assessments
- Augmented and virtual Reality
- And more!

16. Advanced Work with Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Dates: On-Going (Ends May 7, 2020)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 8:30AM-3:00PM
Session 3 of 3: Attendees will participate in a teacher showcase of their Critical Inquiry Projects and learn additional culturally and linguistically relevant strategies and techniques that enrich curriculum design and development for classroom use. Emphasis is placed on deepening curriculum and instructional knowledge and application of culturally and linguistically relevant frameworks. **Lunch will be provided**

17. Twice-Exceptional ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: all administrators and educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 1, 2020)

Monday, June 1, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
Even if we are experts in serving the needs of our English Language Learners, when another variable is added, it can be a challenge to make the best decisions for students who are ELLs plus. This PD will cover ELLs with Disabilities, ELLs with 504s and Gifted and Talented ELLs. We will explore the national and state regulations for each area and use these to better understand the procedures needed to ensure our ELLs are receiving the support they need and deserve. If you've ever been faced with any of the questions below, this PD is for you!

- Should I refer my ELL to Special Education?

- How can I tell the difference between language disability and language difference?

- Are my school's processes for referrals in the best interest of our ELLs?

- How will my ELL exit Special Education or ENL classification?

- How might parents of ELLs respond to Special Education programs, 504 plans or Gifted and Talented opportunities?

- How might I collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning environment?

Participants will receive a copy of the book Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners by Hamayan, Marler, Sanchez-Lopez and Damico.
**Lunch will be provided**

18. Response to Intervention (RtI) for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Administrators and Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 18, 2020)

Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
Twice-Exceptional ELLs 2.0- a deeper dive into strategies and considerations to support English Learners using the RtI process. This workshop will help administrators and educators to identify strategies and possible structures of programs that will support their ELLs/MLLs using the RtI process. Participants will then have the opportunity to review their existing RtI structure as it is currently used with ELLs/MLLs and analyze intervention strategies and practices.

Participants will receive a copy of the book RTI for Diverse Learners by Catherine Collier to support with more than 200 instructional interventions.
**Lunch will be provided**