Events


Published: June 19th, 2018

Upcoming ELD Summits

In the coming months, OELAS is providing an ELD Summit which includes three separate professional learning opportunities:

  • SEI New Teacher Academy: This two-day workshop will provide teachers new to the SEI classroom with an overview of the requirements of the four-hour SEI Model and educational practices that support language acquisition. Participants will actively engage with strategies that support reading, writing, grammar, oral English conversation, and vocabulary instruction are aligned to the English Language Proficiency Standards.
  • SEI Continuing Teacher Academy: This one-day workshop will provide continuing SEI classroom teachers with educational practices that support language acquisition. Participants will actively engage with strategies that support reading, writing, grammar, oral English conversation, and vocabulary are aligned to the English Language Proficiency Standards.
  • ILLP Teacher Academy: This one-day workshop will provide departmentalized content teachers with educational practices and differentiation strategies to support English Learners whom receive English language services through the use of an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP). Participants will actively engage with strategies to increase EL participation in the mainstream classroom and aligned to the English Language Proficiency Standards.

Registration is open for trainings hosted at:

  • Flagstaff Unified District: July 11th and 12th
  • Washington Elementary District: July 16th and 17th
  • Bullhead City Elementary School District: August 9th and 10th
  • Somerton School District: August 21st and 22nd
  • Amphitheater Public Schools: August 29th and 30th
  • Mesa Public Schools: September 20th and 21st

Additional Dates scheduled but not yet available for registration:

  • Chinle Unified School District: August 13th and 14th
  • Dysart Unified School District: August 30th and 31st

To register, go to https://ems.azed.gov, and search for “ELD Summit” in the search bar at the top.

Please note that these trainings do not meet the requirements of the SEI Endorsement.

Posted in Events, General, Professional Learning |
Published: June 19th, 2018

Upcoming EL Coordinator Boot Camp

The next EL Coordinator Boot Camp is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018.

This is Part One of a two-part orientation for new EL Coordinators and Administrators who implement EL programs. This training will provide attendees with the information necessary to build a compliant and effective EL program. Part One will focus on information new EL Coordinators need to know at the beginning of the school year, and Part Two, which will occur in January 2019, will focus on the tasks EL Coordinators will need to complete in the second part of the school year.

This training will be basic and foundational; therefore, it is required that attendees have no more than two years’ experience working in this area.

Information regarding the following components / topics will be discussed:

  • Structured English Immersion Models
  • ILLP Implementation
  • English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Monitoring Cycle
  • Title III
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment/Integrated Action Plan
  • SEI Budget Process
  • Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
  • EL Data / EL Reports
  • Dual-Labeled English Learners
  • EL Accountability
  • Identification of ELs

This meeting will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 at:
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Posted in Events, General |
Published: December 1st, 2017

SEI Course Offering

The next session of the OELAS Structured English Immersion (SEI) online course will start February 20, 2018. Registration will open on Friday, December 15, 2017. To register for the course after December 15th, please go to https://ems.azed.gov and search for “SEI Completion Course”.

For more information, please visit the SEI Endorsement site, the OELAS SEI Course site, or contact Alexandra Miller.

Posted in Events, Professional Learning |
Published: July 5th, 2017

SEI New Teacher Academy Offerings

Are you new to Structured English Immersion (SEI) instruction? Do you need help in knowing how to teach within 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 SEI Models, instructional components, and the English Language Proficiency Standards. It will provide you with instructional strategies and planning ideas, including Grammar Wall basics.

This training will be offered in both the Flagstaff and Tuscon areas in the coming weeks. Click on the links below to register or for more information.

Flagstaff SEI New Teacher Academy – Canceled
August 29-30, 2017

Tucson SEI New Teacher Academy – Sold Out
September 13-14, 2017

Posted in Events, Professional Learning |
Published: April 11th, 2017

Supporting Refugee Student Populations Webinar Series

Please join us for our webinar series on supporting refugee student populations. The webinar series is co-hosted with the International Rescue Committee. For previous sessions of the series, please visit our refugee resource page.

The following webinars are designed to support and assist schools with refugee student populations and are intended for all those who are involved in the education of refugee students. Each webinar will be held 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Click on each session title to register.

April 25, 2017: Barriers Faced by Resettled Refugees

Refugee students must cope with numerous challenges and obstacles when they are resettled in the United States. In this webinar, we will identify several barriers refugee students face when attending American public schools and what can be done to help refugee students overcome these obstacles.

May 9, 2017: The Importance of Student Well-Being

Refugee students have faced multiple adversities, including displacement, loss of close family members, and disruption of normalcy. In this webinar, we will discuss the teacher’s role in supporting students’ well-being through IRC’s Healing Classroom approach. We will discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to build a positive and nurturing learning environment to promote students’ well-being in the classroom.

June 6, 2017: Building Social and Emotional Skills

Displacement and severe adversities experienced by refugee students can have a negative impact on their well-being and development. Explicit Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has been shown to mitigate the effects of adversity and have a positive impact on well-being and academic outcomes. In this webinar, we will share a framework for SEL and examples of how to integrate SEL into the classroom.

July 11, 2017: Best Practices in Educating Refugee Students

In this webinar, we will identify best practices for integration of refugee students into schools. We will discuss ways to create a welcoming school environment, engage families, and support refugee student learning in the classroom.

Posted in Events, Professional Learning |
Published: April 3rd, 2017

May 2017 PELL Meeting

 

A Practitioners of English Language Learning (PELL) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017. It will be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

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.

Click here to register.

Black Canyon Conference Center 9440 N. 25th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021

Posted in Events |
Published: November 14th, 2016

OELAS Conference

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The 2016 OELAS Conference will be held December 7-9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona. This conference will provide meaningful professional development opportunities for educators of ELLs, designed to help meet the unique challenges faced in the Structured English Immersion or mainstream classroom. There will also be sessions geared toward administrators who support, coach, guide, and assess within an English language acquisition program in the state of Arizona. Sessions will be presented by both national and local experts, and participants will gain information and skills that can be put to practical use.

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