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Face-to-Face Trainings
Balanced Writing Instruction for the SEI K-2 Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): K-2
This workshop will focus on evidence-based practices for foundational writing instruction during the Writing time allocation in the K-2 Structured English Immersion classroom.

Differentiating for ELLs Using an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP)
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This workshop will focus on the ILLP as a plan to ensure teachers effectively differentiate for English language learner (ELL) students K-12. Information presented will include:
– Effective differentiation/instructional strategies for ELL students on ILLPs in mainstream classrooms.
– Suitable accommodations for ELLs in mainstream classrooms.
– Thoughtful selection of the Performance Indicators from the English Language Proficiency Standards to scaffold instruction.
– Scheduling considerations when implementing ILLPs.

ELD Coach for Change Institute
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This two day training is designed for English Language Development Instructional Coaches, both at the elementary and secondary levels. Participants will focus on the purpose and function of coaches, effective coaching strategies, and helpful scheduling systems to maximize coaching success through engaging activities and learning opportunities.

Grammar Basics
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This two-day workshop will focus on building teacher knowledge of basic grammar terms, structures, and instruction. Participants will locate grammar skills in the English Language Proficiency Standards and receive instructional strategies on how to explicitly teach the eight parts of speech and basic syntax rules.

Grammar Wall
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This session is designed for K-12 Structured English Immersion teachers who are new to the Grammar Wall. The English Language Proficiency Standards will be used to guide the organization of the Grammar Wall, including subcategories and appropriate scaffolding for multiple stages and proficiency levels. Additionally, we will incorporate basic syntax rules and interrogatives to enrich grammar instruction with the Grammar Wall. Participants will learn how to incorporate technology to enhance instruction of the eight parts of speech.

Listening & Speaking in the K-5 SEI Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
This session will focus on using the Listening and Speaking domain from the English Language Proficiency Standards to guide instruction during the Oral English Conversation & Vocabulary allocation. The training will include research-based strategies and aligned assessment for language-rich, structured activities that support both productive and receptive academic language and literacy skills.

Methodologies
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This workshop will focus explicitly on high-powered methodologies that provide strategies to promote language development skills. These methodologies were designed to support the elements of phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics as the foundational skills for proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This training will build upon this purpose by making clear connections between the high-powered methodologies and the English Language Proficiency Standards as well as demonstrating how math, science, or social studies content can be used to increase the purposefulness and effectiveness of the high-powered methodologies within English Language Development instruction.

Multisensory Grammar
Intended Grade Level(s): K-3 Mainstream, K-12 ELD
This session will provide mainstream K-3 teachers, teachers of English language learners, special education teachers, interventionists, reading teachers, and coaches with the basic knowledge of the parts of speech (grammar) and the essential structure of a sentence (syntax). Color coding will be used to introduce and reinforce the parts of speech. Hands-on activities will further students’ understanding, and sentence pattern cards will help with sentence composition, length, and complexity. Participants will:
– Understand the importance of teaching grammar components through multisensory strategies.
– Learn how to teach the eight parts of speech.
– Learn sequential steps for teaching sentence construction.

Oral Conversation and Vocabulary in the 6-12 SEI Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): 6-12
This session will focus on building teacher knowledge in utilizing the English Language Proficiency Standards to plan explicit instruction within the Oral English Conversation and Vocabulary block. This training will demonstrate the essential components of effective vocabulary routines. Participants will explore the skills necessary for students to develop productive and receptive language through engaging and authentic activities. Additionally, participants will reflect on current practices and identify essential connections to the Arizona K-12 academic standards.

Reading Basics for the K-5 SEI Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
Reading Basics training will focus on the critical components in reading instruction for English language learners in the K-5 classroom. Participants will be guided through the English Language Proficiency Standards and research-based strategies to plan for instruction in Print Concepts, Phonemic Awareness, Decoding, Fluency, and Comprehending Text.

SEI New Teacher Academy
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
Are you new to Structured English Immersion (SEI) instruction? Do you need help in knowing how to teach in the four hour SEI Models? This two day course is here to help! The SEI New Teacher Academy will acquaint you with the requirements of the four hour SEI Models, instructional components, and the English Language Proficiency Standards, and will provide you with instructional strategies and planning ideas, including Grammar Wall basics.

Taking Grammar to Writing: Write Now for Grades 3-12
Intended Grade Level(s): 3-12
This one-day foundational workshop is designed for 3rd-12th grade Structured English Immersion classroom teachers, English language learner coaches, and administrators and will promote basic writing instruction anchored in the English Language Proficiency Standards. Building upon explicit grammar instruction provided in the Grammar block, this training will focus on the skills necessary to move students from writing individual words to crafting a cohesive paragraph in the Writing block.

Text-Cavation
Intended Grade Level(s): 3-12
Have you ever been puzzled about the role that grammar plays in reading comprehension? If you have, then this training is for you! The Text-cavation method uses grammatical concepts to assist Intermediate English language learners with the command of syntax for comprehending text. Participants will be shown how to link grammar and text structure through the use of interrogatives and the Grammar Wall. Using the English Language Proficiency Standards, participants will learn the steps necessary to implement the Text-cavation method during the Structured English Immersion Reading allocation.

Verb Tense Study
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This workshop will focus on Verb Tense Study as a methodology that provides Structured English Immersion teachers with a way to explicitly teach verb tenses during the Grammar block. Verb tenses are critical for English language learners, their acquisition of the English language, and ultimately reading comprehension and academic writing. Participants will receive explicit instruction and practice in order to immediately begin using this methodology. Additionally, participants will learn how academic content can be used in instruction of this powerful methodology.

Vocabulary in the K-5 SEI Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
This session will focus on building teacher knowledge and skills for explicit vocabulary instruction for English Language Learners. Participants will learn the components of a vocabulary routine. This training will demonstrate best practices for instruction using English Language Proficiency Standards from identifying meaning and usage of high frequency words to grade-specific academic vocabulary.

Meetings and Conferences
ELL Coordinator Boot Camp
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This training is designed for new English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinators and administrators and will provide attendees with the information necessary to build a compliant and effective ELL program. This training will be basic and foundational; therefore, it is required that attendees have no more than two years of experience working in this area. Information regarding the following topics will be discussed:
-Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models
-English Language Proficiency Standards
-Classroom Structures
-ELL Forms and Documentation
-Title III and the SEI Budget
-Continuous Improvement Plans
-Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
-ELL Data/ELL Reports
-Dual-Labeled English Language Learners
-Professional Development Offerings
-OELAS Website Review

OELAS Conference
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
The OELAS Conference is an annual event offering professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from throughout the state of Arizona. This three-day conference will be held in December in Tucson, Arizona and will feature keynote addresses and breakout sessions by both national and local experts on the subject of English language acquisition. Arizona successes will be highlighted throughout the conference, and training and networking opportunities will be provided with a focus on information and skills that can be put to practical use.

Practitioners of English Language Learning (PELL)
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
The Practitioners of English Language Learning (PELL) meeting is an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the education of English language learners (ELLs) in Arizona. This full day event will include a general session for the dissemination of timely information relevant to ELL education as well as smaller, collaborative sessions on topics of interest. This training always offers excellent opportunities to network and learn from colleagues.

Online Courses
A Teacher’s Guide to Grammar for ELLs
Intended Grade Level(s): 3-5
A Teacher’s Guide to Grammar for ELLs is an online, self-paced course for third-fifth grade teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs). Throughout five modules, participants will build their grammar content knowledge while learning standards-based strategies for classroom implementation.
1. Getting to Know Your Grammar Standards
2. The Eight Parts of Speech
3. Phrase and Clause Construction
4. Sentence and Question Construction
5. Putting It All Together: Building a Grammar Lesson

Structured English Immersion (SEI) Completion Course
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This course has been developed to enable classroom teachers, administrators, and other certified personnel to provide differentiated instruction for students whose native language is other than English. The eight-week facilitated course will be delivered entirely online. Participants will gain an understanding of English Language Development (ELD), related classroom strategies and skills, as well as legal and historical background information on the SEI Models. Teachers will master these concepts by exploring research articles, participating in discussion forums, viewing streaming videos, and completing activities incorporating ELD strategies to address the English Language Proficiency Standards. Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirements for the SEI Completion Endorsement.

Webinars
Differentiating Reading Instruction for Middle and High School ELLs
Intended Grade Level(s): 6-12
This webinar will focus on ways to support instruction for Pre-Emergent and Emergent adolescent English Language Learners. It will focus on critical components and strategies for teaching reading that are driven by the Reading Domain of the English Language Proficiency Standards.

From Standards to Practice: Implementing an ILLP
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
Do you have students in your class who need an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP), and you have no idea where to start? This webinar will guide you through the ILLP creation and revision process. Topics will include:
-Completing Attachment A.
-Selecting Performance Indicators (PIs) purposefully from the English Language Proficiency Standards.
-Documenting PIs in a mainstream lesson plan.
-Assessing PIs and completing Attachment B.
-Reviewing and revising Attachment A for quarterly updates.
-Implementing appropriate instruction strategies.

Grammar Basics for Teachers of ELLs
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This session will demonstrate that command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking are essential components of the English Language Proficiency Standards. This webinar will focus on basic grammar terms, specifically parts of speech. This session is recommended prior to attending Grammar Foundations face-to-face workshops.

Grammar Wall: Syntax Connections
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This webinar is designed for K-12 Structured English Immersion teachers and will focus on adding basic syntax rules and interrogatives to enhance your Grammar Wall. It is recommended that participants first review the OELAS webinar titled “Grammar Wall Starter Kit&#8221”.

Making Sense of ILLPs and Mathematics (Grades 6-12)
Intended Grade Level(s): 6-12
This webinar is intended for departmentalized mathematics teachers providing Oral English Conversation and Vocabulary instruction to students on an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Guidance will be shared on how to select Performance Indicators from the English Language Proficiency Standards that connect to mathematics lessons. Mathematics content specialists will share instructional strategies on how to support students on an ILLP in a mathematics classroom.

Making Sense of ILLPs and Science (Grades 6-12)
Intended Grade Level(s): 6-12
This webinar is intended for departmentalized science teachers providing Writing instruction to students on an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Guidance will be shared on how to select Performance Indicators from the English Language Proficiency Standards that connect to science lessons. Science content specialists will share instructional strategies on how to support students on an ILLP in a science classroom.

Making Sense of ILLPs and Social Studies (Grades 6-12)
Intended Grade Level(s): 6-12
This webinar is intended for departmentalized social studies teachers providing Reading instruction to students on an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Guidance will be shared on how to select Performance Indicators from the English Language Proficiency Standards that connect to social studies lessons. Social studies content specialists will share instructional strategies on how to support students on an ILLP in a social studies classroom.

SEI Balanced Writing Series Part 1: Writing Environment and Process
Intended Grade Level(s): K-2
This webinar is the first in a three-part series on K-2 foundational writing skills for English Language Learners. This session will focus on defining and developing evidence-based practices for writing instruction that is driven by the English Language Proficiency Standards. Participants will be able to create supportive classrooms and teach writing strategies that will enable students to move through the writing process.

SEI Balanced Writing Series Part 2: Foundational Writing
Intended Grade Level(s): K-2
This webinar is the second in a three-part series on K-2 foundational writing skills for English Language Learners. This session will focus on handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction. Participants will learn strategies to support students in developing and improving foundational writing skills.

SEI Balanced Writing Series Part 3: Writing Effectively
Intended Grade Level(s): K-2
This webinar is the third in a three-part series on K-2 foundational writing skills for English Language Learners. This session will define and develop evidence-based practices for writing instruction that are driven by the English Language Proficiency Standards. Participants will be able to use a variety of writing strategies and teach students to write effectively.

SEI Reading Basics Series Part 1: Text Selection and Types
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
This webinar is the first in a three-part series on K-5 foundational reading skills for English Language Learners. This session will focus on text complexity and types of texts. Participants will be able to identify the components of text complexity and examine the different types of texts used in reading instruction.

SEI Reading Basics Series Part 2: Syllables
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
This webinar is the second in a three-part series on K-5 foundational reading skills for English Language Learners. This session will focus on syllables. Participants will learn the six syllable types and how to introduce them to students.

SEI Reading Basics Series Part 3: Comprehending Text
Intended Grade Level(s): K-5
This webinar is the third in a three-part series on K-5 foundational reading skills for English Language Learners. This session will define and develop evidence-based practices for reading instruction that is driven by the English Language Proficiency Standards. Participants will be able to teach reading comprehension strategies for narrative and informational text, including text ideas.

Supporting ELLs’ Learning Through Exploration and Inquiry in the Kindergarten Classroom
Intended Grade Level(s): K
This webinar will discuss ways to design instruction based on the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in which students will learn academic language and use it to participate in inquiry-based learning. We will examine ways students can use exploration to extend learning after direct instruction. Although we will be specifically connecting to the ELPS, information gained in this webinar is applicable to all children and all standards including the Arizona Early Learning standards and the Arizona Kindergarten standards.

Using Grammar Rules as Writing Tools: Perfect Verb Tenses
Intended Grade Level(s): 3-5
This webinar will provide teachers of 3rd-5th grade English Language Learner students with strategies to apply the perfect verb tenses as useful writing tools. Participants will explore grammar instruction that aligns with the English Language Proficiency Standards, promotes metacognition, and is supported by the use of mentor texts.

Using Grammar Rules as Writing Tools: Progressive Verb Tenses
Intended Grade Level(s): 3-5
This webinar will provide teachers of both mainstream and ELL 3rd-5th grade English Language Learner students with strategies to apply the progressive verb tenses as useful writing tools. Participants will explore grammar instruction that aligns with the Arizona K-12 academic standards and the English Language Proficiency Standards, promotes metacognition, and is supported by the use of mentor texts.

Using Technology to Maximize Your Grammar Wall
Intended Grade Level(s): K-12
This webinar is designed for K-12 Structured English Immersion (SEI) teachers and will focus on how to incorporate technology when using your Grammar Wall to guide instruction. Participants will learn ways to use Web 2.0 tools to maximize the Grammar Wall. It is recommended that participants review the OELAS webinar titled “Grammar Wall: Syntax Connections”.