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Professional Learning for Teaching English Learners

  • CLOSE the achievement gap by ensuring English learners have the support they need
  • DIFFERENTIATE instruction for English learners
  • RESTRUCTURE roles so that all teachers are responsible for English learners' success
  • BUILD background knowledge and vocabulary effectively

Our On-Site Professional Learning for Teachers of English Learners

Discover powerful practices for teaching students who are learning English as a second language. More English language learners than ever before are entering Canadian classrooms, and this number will continue to rise in years to come. With the help of our experts, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching skills necessary for student success in all subject areas.

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Your Goal

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An expert author or certified associate will share a multifaceted approach for effectively supporting English learners. Staff will gain a deeper understanding of the unique needs of your EL community, explore a range of practical best practices for instruction, and learn how to target interventions to achieve better learning results.

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Deepening Your Skills

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Essentials for Teaching Reading and Comprehension to ELs

Determine how to effectively close the learning gap for English learners.

  • Gain practical instructional strategies and assessment processes for developing academic vocabulary.
  • Acquire lesson templates that will help integrate vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, and writing strategies into math, science, social studies, and language arts.

Teaching Reading & Comprehension to English Learners, K–5

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Implementing RTI with English Learners

Explore the underlying factors that cause English learners to stall in their progress toward second language proficiency—including culture, background knowledge, and prior experiences. Then determine how to provide every EL with the appropriate level of support.

  • Understand the unique needs of ELs.
  • Use RTI as a means for assessing progress with elements designed expressly for ELs.
  • Promote meaningful instruction into the classroom and grade-level curricula.

Implementing RTI With English Learners

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Teaching ELs in a Professional Learning Community

Discover the components of a PLC that teacher leaders utilize to help close the achievement gap for students who are learning English as a second language.

  • Listen to the needs of ELs and change your expectations and behavior for more effective learning results.
  • Determine how district and school leaders can work collaboratively to create policies and practices that ensure ELs excel.

Cultivating Competence in English Learners: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning With Language and Literacy

Frequently, core content teachers want to know how they can incorporate SEL, language, literacy, and interaction strategies into their content areas. After years of empirical testing in hundreds of classrooms, this book addresses the question by showing teachers how to integrate:

  • Self-awareness competencies with vocabulary learning
  • Self-management competencies with reading comprehension
  • Social awareness competencies with interaction opportunities
  • Relationship skills with interactive activities
  • Responsible decision making with writing skills

The book also addresses administrators' and instructional coaches' approaches to supporting teachers' integration of language, literacy, social skills, and core content instruction.

Cultivating Competence in English Learners: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning With Language and Literacy

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Your Goal

Sustaining Your Skills

Multi‑Day Services

EL Site-Specific Coaching

Get direct support for school teams to ensure success for your EL community. Over the course of the school year, develop a plan and put it in action with team review cycles. Take advantage of our experience in EL coaching delivered by seasoned experts who can help you reach your goals.

Embedded Coaching

Prepare your teachers to support English learners with one-on-one coaching. During this personalized service, acclaimed Solution Tree experts will share tailor-made strategies for specific grade levels and subject areas. Educators will receive ongoing support and guidance as they work to identify and support English learners, close achievement gaps, and promote equitable academic opportunities for all students.

Customized Services

After learning about your community of English learners and the challenges you’re facing, we’ll build a custom professional development experience for your staff. Through face-to-face and virtual support from our experts, your team will gain proven practices and classroom-ready strategies for ensuring English learners succeed in learning and in life.

Instructional Coaching for Dual-Language and Bilingual Teachers' Classrooms

Develop an effective instructional coaching model for all coaches to work with dual-language and bilingual educators, even when they don't speak the language of instruction. Discover a proven process for an effective observation and feedback cycle to coach bilingual teachers and dual-language classrooms.

  • Explore the dual-language programs currently used in classrooms and schools and their unique qualities and benefits.
  • Learn the essential shifts in mindset and pre-observation conference that frames an effective coaching and feedback cycle.
  • Gain best practices you to utilize as you increase you ability to objectively and accurately observe observer dual-language teachers while they teach in any language.

Coaching Teachers in Bilingual and Dual-Language Classrooms

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