Growing Success for ELs Professional Learning Series

Summer Kick off!! August 6-8, 2019

In order to support the success of all English Learners throughout North Carolina via a regional support structure, the Growing Success for ELs Summer Conference is transforming to four regionally-based training opportunities, which will be held concurrently, August 6-8, 2019 at no cost. These training offerings will serve as the kick-off to the 2019-20 Growing Success for ELs Professional Learning Series.

Please see the list below for the training topics and locations. We invite participants to attend a session that is easy to access geographically and/or that will best help your educators to build capacity in meeting the needs of your English Learners. We look forward to bringing these free, regional training opportunities to a region near you!

During registrationparticipants select one of the three-day training offerings to attend. Please bring an electronic device in order to gain access to all the materials.


Day #1 -Tuesday, August 6, 2019

  • Registration 9:00-10:00 am at each location
  • Simulcast Opening Session 10:00-11:30 am
  • In session 1:00 pm-4:30 pm (1.5-hour lunch on your own)

Day #2 -Wednesday, August 7, 2019

  • In session 8:30am-4:30 pm (1-hour lunch on your own)

Day #3 -Thursday, August 8, 2019

  • In session 8:30am-4:30 pm (1-hour lunch on your own)


East (Districts 1&2) - Wayne County Schools: 415 S. Virginia St., Goldsboro, NC 27530

Family  and Community Engagement

EL Support Team Trainer: Marcita Mahar

Guest Trainer: Maria Rosa Rangel

This course will provide research-based strategies on promoting and designing family engagement educational programs for English learner (EL) families. Participants in this course will learn about research-based family engagement frameworks for designing initiatives to provide families with educational strategies to support and improve their children's academic success. Participants will learn strategies and explore materials for increasing the engagement of EL Families and will have the opportunity to start developing a comprehensive family engagement plan based on their school characteristics and needs. This course is offered to administrators and teachers.

Glimpse of GLAD: A Multidimensional Approach to Standards-based Instruction

EL Support Team Trainers: Laura Bridges and Crystal Jastzabski

This course is dedicated to building academic language and literacy for all students, especially English learners (ELs). The Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLADĀ®) strategies enhance teachers’ design and delivery of standards-based instruction through an integrated approach to content and English language development (ELD). Project GLADĀ® classrooms promote an environment that respects and honors each child’s voice, personal life experience, beliefs, and values their culture. Participants need to come with resources to create an integrated unit based on their content standards.


East (Districts 3&4) - Cumberland County Schools: 5551 Fisher Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304


EL Support Team Trainer: Kristin Mills

Guest Trainer: Anita Crowley

This is a course on ExC-ELLerating literacy, language, and content for all learners. Participants will discover a valuable set of resources and practical tools that enhance comprehension through content. This approach to content literacy development promotes authentic learning and meaningful collaboration among students. Through the ExC-ELL framework, vocabulary, reading, and writing become a strong foundation for further educational building blocks within content areas. This course is designed for K-12 content teachers and any other educators who work with ELs. Participants should bring an electronic device (preferably a laptop or Chromebook).

The Can Do Approach to Academic Success

EL Support Team Trainer: Revae Bostwick

This course is designed to address theory and practice related to the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Can Do Approach. Participants will work through the various aspects of WIDA including the ELD standards, MPIs, Can Do Statements, rubrics, etc, Application of WIDA standards and scaffolds to classroom instruction and connections to NCEES evaluations for working with diverse learners and leadership will be discussed. LinguaFolio, a student-owned portfolio designed to help students take ownership of their language learning, will be introduced as a way to bring the Can Do approach to life and participants will explore the application to the ESL or mainstream classroom.


West (Districts 5&6) - UNCG College of Education- 1400 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27412

Facilitating Academic Discourse Strategies for STEM

EL Support Team Trainers: Carolyn Frye and Anthony Nesbit

FADS for STEM will allow participants to engage in activities which promote mathematical academic discourse. These meaningful hands-on STEM activities are based on best practices for teaching English Learners (ELs) and will be linked to building background, providing comprehensible input and strategies for interaction and problem-solving. Participants will learn how to facilitate strategies that apply STEM content and language knowledge in the classroom, while integrating the 4 language domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. During this course, participants will infuse academic discourse strategies into their STEM lessons and also strengthen their NCEES evaluations for working with diverse learners, leadership and more! Administrators, content teachers, ESL teachers and others working with ELs in STEM classes are encouraged to attend.

Common Space: Collaboration and Co-Teaching

EL Support Team Trainers: Lori Pender and Karen Solis

This course will address a collaborative instructional cycle that ESL teachers and content teachers are encouraged to use as a commonly sought-out option for serving English learners (ELs). This vision is rooted in the belief that all ELs need to develop their language skills while learning content. The materials in this training will be based on Dr. Maria Dove's and Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld’s publication: Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Guide to Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection. The course will also highlight ways participants can strengthen their NCEES evaluations in working with diverse learners and leadership. It is recommended that teaching partners (a grade level/content teacher and an ESL teacher) attend together.

Technology Integration for Language Development

EL Support Team Trainers: Elena Shilova Guy and Alicia Reid

This course focuses on an introduction to an array of educational digital tools and ways to integrate them into the classroom to enhance instruction and promote equitable access to content for English Learners (ELs). Participants will explore digital tools in an engaging and safe learning environment. Highlights include benefits of technology integration, ISTE Standards for teachers and students, and Fair Use and Copyright. Participants must bring an electronic device (preferably a laptop, not a tablet).


West (Districts 7&8): Henderson County Schools -                         94 School House Rd., Mills River, NC 28759

Long-Term ELs

EL Support Team Trainers: Lannie Simpson and Christian Walter

This course explores characteristics of Long-Term English Learners (LTELs), research on LTELs, data analysis of LTELs and the trajectory toward proficiency. We will explore solutions for progressing LTELs through explicit language instruction via accountable tasks and scaffolded support, engaging LTELs through relevant reading, and two frameworks for teaching writing. The course will highlight ways the participants can strengthen their NCEES evaluations for working with diverse learners and leadership. Participants should bring an electronic device to access shared documents on Google Drive. Participants should also bring EL ACCESS score history (initial ACCESS scores up to current ACCESS scores) for a student whom they consider to be a LTEL or an elementary student in danger of becoming an LTEL. This course is designed for language (English as a Second Language; Bilingual) teachers of ELs, content teachers of ELs, and administrators (particularly secondary administrators and coordinators of EL programs).

Supporting DL/I in North Carolina

EL Support Team Trainers: Joan Lachance and Linda Lippitt

This course will explore the NC context for Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I), including pedagogy highlighting biliteracy and second language acquisition, authentic assessment, DL/I program structure, and program administration. This course is applicable for administrators and educators already involved in DL/I programs, as well as for those who are in the exploration phase. The course is a high-level overview, not a "make and take" for classroom application.

Best Practices: Educators Supporting English Learners

EL Support Team Trainers: Alisha Das and Tim Sims

This course will focus on best practices for meeting the language and academic needs of all students, but especially English Learners (ELs). Participants will explore the impact that second language acquisition and acculturation have on the academic needs of ELs along with a plethora of best practices grounded in educational neuroscience. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Multiple Pathways to a Student’s Brain, by educational neuroscience researcher Janet Zadina and be given time to delve into the findings and discover implications for the classroom. Participants are also invited to bring a device for access to online materials and other best practice resources. In addition, the contents of the course are designed to highlight ways participants can strengthen their evidence of support for NCEES, especially in the areas of leadership, facilitating learning and working with diverse learners. This course is designed especially for K-12 content teachers and any other educators who work with ELs.

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