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Virtual Workshop Series for New ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Teachers

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) invites educators to participate in a series of virtual workshops on topics related to welcoming multilingual learners and running a program for English speakers of other languages (ESOL). Although the sessions are targeted to the needs of new ESOL teachers, all are welcome! More experienced ESOL teachers and others whose work is related to the topics listed will also find useful information and benefit from connecting with Maine colleagues.

See the list of sessions below for dates and topics of interest. Sessions will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every other Thursday. Participants should plan to attend all sessions in the series, if possible. Contact hours will be available for participation in sessions. Ideally, participants, as a cohort of learners, will develop and maintain a professional connection beyond the bi-weekly sessions.

The workshops will be led by Rebecca Carey, Maine DOE ESOL consultant, and will feature guest speakers in select sessions. If you have any questions, contact Rebecca at [email protected].

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Session 1 – Thursday, September 1, 2022

  1. Welcoming newcomers and families
    • Ways to support your registration process/registration staff
    • Ways to access interpretation and translation services
    • Elements of a Culturally Appropriate School Setting
    • Essential information to share with newcomers
  2. Identify English Learners
    • Language use survey
    • PEL filters
    • LAC meetings
    • Entering multilingual learner data into the student data system
      • Milestones and important dates
  3. Review of state expectations
    • Identification delay
    • Advice on service delivery

Session 2 – Thursday, September 15, 2022

  1. How to Use the LAC Meeting Effectively
    • Chronology
    • Members
    • Information gathering
    • Learning opportunities for the team
  2. ILAP
    • Objective
    • Examples
    • Use of WIDA ELD standards
  3. How to Have Effective Parenting Conferences/Communication
  4. The student data system has been revisited in preparation for the student count on October 1

Session 3 – Thursday, September 29, 2022

  1. Support multilingualism
    • Making use of primary languages ​​in the classroom
    • Asset-based approach
      • Creation of student profiles
      • Activities: Getting to know the students
    • Uses for instruction
  2. Identification of available resources
    • Maine DOE Multilingual Learners Web Pages
    • Maine DOE ESOL & Resources Padlet Bilingual Programs
    • Maine DOE ESOL Mailing List
    • WIDA free online workshops at your own pace

Session 4 – Thursday, October 13, 2022

  1. Understanding acculturation and how to support students in this process
    • Strategies for Culturally Appropriate Teaching
  2. Group questions/needs

Session 5 – Thursday, October 27, 2022

  1. Prepare students for the ACCESS for ELLs and Alternative ACCESS for ELLs tests
  2. Prepare your colleagues, administrators and test the space for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternative ACCESS for ELLs administration

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