Professional Development

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Below is a  listing the professional development trainings for EL programs for the current school year.
  • ND EL Professional Cadre–The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) has been working with the North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) to enhance instruction for K-12 English learners (ELs). As part of the project, NCCC conducted a statewide needs assessment survey to help NDDPI identify evidence-based instructional strategies most in need of development. The survey indicated academic language and discourse strategies were of the greatest need. Therefore, the NDDPI and NCCC are sponsoring a two-day train the trainer model to prepare educators to deliver PD modules on discourse structures for schools and districts. 
 
  • The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners Book Study–The 6 Principles are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory that should under gird any program of English language instruction. These foundational principles are for all educators in any classroom where students are learning English as a new language or learning content through that new language.
 
  • Dakota TESOL Conference–Teachers from North and South Dakota will gather to participate in continuing education sessions highlighting the latest research-based best practices in the field of English Learners. The populations served by EL teachers are diverse and always changing. At this year's Dakota TESOL Conference we'll take a look at "The 6 Principles" which are a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching and learning of English as a new language. They are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory. Presenters will be John Segota, Laetitia Mizero, and Terri Medina. 

English Learner's Professional Learning Communities (EL PLC)
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and the Missouri River Education
Cooperative (MREC) partnered on one day training for English Learner Specialists to collaborate and create Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The training was designed to identify common needs, share resources and experiences, and foster collaborative learning among English Learner Specialists across North Dakota.

English Learner Professional Cadre Trainers
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) in collaboration with the North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) has developed an EL Professional Cadre of trainers on the topic of Using Discourse Structures for Districts and Schools. These trainers are prepared to provide PD for schools and districts. The training includes a series of modules to prepare educators and coaches to develop discourse structures in their instruction for all students, especially English learners.

The list below includes the names and emails of the EL Professional Cadre of trainers on Using Discourse Structures for Districts and Schools. Districts or schools desiring staff development around these strategies are encouraged to contact a nearby trainer. The NDDPI may also help coordinate workshops across the state.