Spring has sprung!

The school year may be winding up, but the ESOL PD Center still has many relevant, timely professional development offerings coming your way. 

Resources/Upcoming Sessions:                       

  • Writing Constructed Responses using the Change Agent is a collaboration with the ELA PD Center in which we will explore two effective strategies for teaching students how to write constructed responses. The presenter shows how to use The Change Agent, a relevant, engaging student-written publication, both as a text that learners can deconstruct and analyze for meaning and as a model for their own writing.
  • Unit Planning Using Backward Design is a don't miss series that will explore how you can develop instructional units using the backward design approach, which aligns learning outcomes, assessments, and activities. 
  • Feeding Two Birds with One Scone: Creatively Approaching Educator Growth and Program Improvement in these sessions, directors and instructional leaders will be introduced to strategies to create a connective and creative learning environment for our teams and programs. Session 1: Friday, May 13 from 12:30 - 2PM  and an optional session on Friday, May 20th from 12:30-2PM.
  • COMING TO THE CALENDAR SOON: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching (standard 3) will guide instructors to a greater awareness of culturally responsive and sustaining teaching through the lens of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This series will meet on 3 consecutive Fridays in June - 3, 10, and 17. 
  • Professional Development Menu for MA ESOL Professional Standards: This Google site is a wonderful starting point for your exploration of the newly revised ESOL Professional Standards. With an overall introductory graphic, easy navigation, and page dedicated to each standard (which includes the standard language, introductory video, and upcoming PD), this site will be a useful resource for you to refer back to time and again. Check back regularly as it is a work in progress and we continue to improve it as it grows.

ESOL Standards graphic

And for those of you looking for some self-paced options, check out some of our other favorites when you get the chance: The Introduction to the Revised MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Speakers of Other LanguagesThe Learners' View on Zoom - A Collection of Tiny Videos and Viewer's Guide for Smartphone Use on ZoomESOL Recorded Session Library

As always, we are here for you and excited to learn and grow along with all of you. Interested in a topic and don't see it here? Reach out and let us know! 

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(A brief and light-hearted video with tips on participating in virtual sessions. Oh, the things we have seen! :).

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