Professional Development

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Below is a listing of professional development opportunities for EL programs in the current school year. 

Discourse Structures for Schools and Districts; Train the Trainers – November 29 – 30, 2018

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) in collaboration with the North Central Comprehensive Center (NCCC) has developed this professional development opportunity as a train the trainer model. This opportunity will expand the EL Professional Cadre of trainers on the topic of Using Discourse Structures for Districts and Schools. These trainers will be prepared to provide PD for schools and districts across the state. 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.
 
Dakota TESOL Conference – November 15 – 16, 2018

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. This year’s conference will feature the book “The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners”. The principles are the universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory.
 
Separating Difference from Disability – October 10, 2018

This training is a pre-conference workshop to the NDDPI Fall Educators’ Conference.  The session will provide an overview of the seven steps for Separating Difference from Disability from the work of Dr. Catherine Collier.
When culturally linguistically diverse students struggle in school, how can you tell whether language or cultural differences are the cause, or if the student has a learning or behavioral disability. In this presentation each step will be addressed to help teams work through and adapt current practices to make sound decisions regarding student’s education.
 
EL Strand of the NDDPI Fall Educators’ Conference – October 11 – 12, 2018

Strategies to Build Academic Language and Vocabulary – Lisa Symens
Students Become Teachers with Reciprocal Teaching – Lisa Symens
AQS Acculturation Quick Screen – Dr. Sheri Collier
PEARL of Wisdom – Dr. Sheri Collier
Introducing the 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners – Lodee Arnold
 
Book Study: The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners October 2018 – April 2019
 
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.
 
On the Road with Federal Programs – September 17 – 25, 2018

EL 101 for New Staff/Acing Your Monitoring – Lodee Arnold, NDDPI Academic Speaking in the Content Areas – Jonathan Gibson, WIDA

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 Districts or schools desiring staff development on implementing these strategies are encouraged to contact a nearby trainer. The NDDPI may also help coordinate workshops across the state. English Learner Educators SharePoint/Team

The NDDPI has created a Microsoft 365 SharePoint/Team for all EL Educators in the state. This site/application allows for the sharing of ideas, strategies, lesson plans, curricula, and questions, etc. with peers. It also has some communication features like instant messaging and video conferencing. To become a member of the EL Educator Team, please contact Jill Frohlich at jmfrohlich@nd.gov or 701-328-2254.
 
English Learner District Coordinator SharePoint/Team

The NDDPI has created a Microsoft 365 SharePoint/Team for all District EL Coordinators in the state. This site/application allows for the sharing of policies, procedures, strategies, and questions, etc. with peers. It also has some communication features like instant messaging and video conferencing. To become a member of the EL Coordinator Team, please contact Jill Frohlich at jmfrohlich@nd.gov or 701-328-2254.

WIDA Speaking Workshop–The Noisy Classroom: Making Meaning through Purposeful Discourse

Students learn though meaningful language use and authentic interaction. This workshop will offereducators an opportunity to consider shifts in their professional practices designed to enhance students’ efficacy in engaging in extended and elaborated academic discourse. Participants are encouraged to bring authenticspeaking samples from students in their classrooms to use for analysis and goal setting.

For more information regarding the workshop, contact Lodee Arnold at laarnold@nd.gov or (701) 328-1876