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 and search for “SEI Completion Course”.

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

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Published: September 15th, 2017

Secondary EL Teacher Summit

OELAS and Phoenix Union High School District are partnering to host an EL Secondary Teacher Summit on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Phoenix Coding Academy.

The goal is to gather EL Secondary Teachers from across Arizona to share best practices and successful instructional strategies.

We need your help! Please share the agenda and proposal form with teachers in your district who could present a 55 minute breakout session on a strategy/lesson plan for one of the strands below:

– Reading
– Oral English Conversation and Vocabulary
– Grammar
– Writing

Please also encourage ALL of your teachers to attend.

  • There is NO COST.
  • Teachers will receive professional development certificates.
  • Presenters will also receive a thank you gift from OELAS.

  • Please contact Lin Murnane with questions: [email protected].

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Secondary EL Teacher Summit Agenda

    Session Proposal Form for Secondary EL Teacher Summit

    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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