Reading Supports for Multilingual Learners

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Live eFacilitated workshop - (full schedule at bottom)
Start Date: September 16, 2019
Webinar 1: October 24, 2019
Webinar 2: December 10, 2019
1.0 credit available from the University of Mary

In partnership with the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education (ICMEE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Audience: This eWorkshop is designed for classroom teachers who are ready to try out new ideas in their classrooms and share what they learned with a group of online colleagues.

Description: The purpose of this eWorkshop is to create an online Professional Learning Community that supports participants’ collaboration and fosters ownership of their learning. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants engage in 6 units that each consist of 3 sections: Explore, Make it Work, and Share. They select ideas to try out in their classrooms and share their experiences with colleagues in online discussion boards and 3 online meetings. The estimated time needed to complete the eWorkshop is 25 hours.

The essential question for this eWorkshop is: How can I support bilingual students who are struggling with reading in English? Units 1-5 contain the following guiding questions that support participants in responding to the essential question during Unit 6.

1. What is different about teaching reading to multilingual students?

2. How can I use co-constructed texts to help my multilingual learners read texts with confidence?

3. How can shared reading help multilingual learners read and comprehend texts in English?

4. How do patterned texts help multilingual learners read and produce sophisticated, fluent text?

5. How can I help my multilingual learners develop a deep curiosity for the way language works?

By the end of the eWorkshop, participants will be able to:

Articulate best practices for teaching multilingual learners related to reading supports for those struggling with reading in English.

• Implement reading supports that help multilingual students to comprehend and produce texts in their own classrooms.

• Carry out language play activities that help multilingual learners develop a deep curiosity for the way language works.

Format: All materials and online meeting platform will be housed in the WIDA eLearning Center, which can be accessed by participants with a WIDA Secure Portal login.

*This offering and pricing is contingent on a successful pilot in the spring 2019 and continued Memorandum of Understanding with UNL. Some details may change based on the pilot.


Dates: September 16 - 22, Welcome & First Steps

To Dos: View Getting Started webinar

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Post in Meet and Greet

View Introductory video

Assignments: Survey & Agreements: Complete pre-surveys


Dates: September 23 – October 6, Module 1: Multilingual Readers


To Dos: Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts



Dates: October 7 - 20, Module 2: Co-constructed Texts: The Language Experience Approach

To Dos: Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts


Dates: October 21 – November 3, Module 3: Shared Reading

To Dos: Attend Online Meeting (Oct 24 at 2:30pm CT)

Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts


Dates: November 4-17, Module 4: Patterned Texts

To Dos: Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts


Dates: November 18 – December 1, Module 5: Language Play

To Dos: Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts


Dates: December 2-15, Module 6: Synthesis of Learning & Final Steps

To Dos: Attend Online Meeting (Dec 10 at 2:30pm CT)

Explore

Make It Work

Assignments: Share, Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts


Final Steps: Complete post-surveys

Dates: December 16-29

The eWorkshop will remain open until December 29. Please use these last two weeks as an opportunity to network with your eWorkshop colleagues, explore other resources from the modules, or save anything that you’d like to use in the future.


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