Innovative Professional Development for Elementary Teachers

2016-17 FTT Registration form and flyer

Our ELD workshops bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our specialty is bringing the how-to, hands-on strategies that practicing elementary and ESL teachers need in order to reach demanding academic and language standards.

Innovative ESL professional development for raising student achievement. Watch our one-minute slide show! Click here.

Teacher-friendly, Practical, Hands-on – Here is what our participants say:

Lori is a terrific presenter.  She makes the “educational speak” easier to understand and explain to our students.  I (am) also thankful that she is still “in the trenches”.  She is completely current on what is going on/happening in our schools right now.  

Cindi Ramsay – Siuslaw S.D.

All-day workshops $200.00

 2016-17 FTT Registration form and flyer

Workshop #2

Assessment, Persistent Errors and ELD Literacy

If you are ready to tackle the complex issues around teaching intermediate and early advanced students, workshop #2 is for you! This workshop addresses challenges common to more advanced ELLs.

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•Assessment – how to use it to guide instruction
•Persistent errors made by more advanced ELLs
•Literacy in ELD – what it is and how do we teach it


Parts of Speech verbs, nouns, adjectives and more!

Workshop #7

Does teaching grammar to your students make you say “YIKES”?

This Fun To Teach workshop will ease your anxiety about teaching grammar to students Kinder through 5th grade. Join us for this one-day grammar boost workshop.   Take away strategies and activities that cover parts of speech and sentence types and increase writing skills. Projects are aligned to Common Core and ELP standards that you can use in your classroom the next day!

 Who should attend:

ELD and ESL teachers, K-5 classroom teachers, specialist teachers and everyone who needs a grammar boost.

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  • Improves student writing
  • Increases reading comprehension
  • Expands language acquisition in English language learners

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Grammar is central to the teaching and learning of languages. It is also one of the more difficult aspects of language to teach well.  When learned systematically, this language of literacy will stay with them; it will remain a meaningful part of their education; it will give them a sense of control in their dealings with language throughout their lives. We teach grammar, then, not as a means of taming wayward students, but as a means of developing linguistic flexibility and power

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 What the workshop covers:

  • Parts of speech
  • Sentences types
  • Teaching strategies and activities


Why teach grammar?

Harry R. Noden

Kent State University, Ohio

I teach grammar because it is the doorway to the human soul. Its intricacies trigger our laughter, our tears, our dreams. Grammar is the secret muse of all expression, the portrait painter of life’s emotions. It allows us to feel the touch of a lover’s hand on a bridge in Madison County and hear the cracking voice of the oldest living confederate widow. It gives poets the syntax to paint brainteasers that will delight readers for centuries and helps truck drivers with the “gift of blarney” to spin captivating tales for their buddies over a morning cup of coffee.  Nothing in life is more essential, more sensitive, more intrinsic to the human soul. When students come to share this vision, grammar bridges the world of living to the world of writing, reading, and speaking. How could we not teach grammar?

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 Workshop #6

ELD Models and Strategies for Co-Teaching 

If you are co-teaching for the first time, or have already been working together with a teaching partner and would welcome the opportunity to enhance your skills, this workshop is for you! Created for K-5 teachers, the workshop is a hands-on experience meant for co-teaching teams of two.

The workshop will include:

  • Key concepts & rationale for co-teaching
  • Co-Teaching approaches
  • Logistics of co-teaching
  • Working together to plan the partnership

With inclusion on the rise, ELD and Classroom teachers are sharing classrooms more than ever and becoming effective co-teaching partners. Bring your team, co-teacher or just yourself and learn the models for co-teaching.  Understand when and how to use each model for effective instruction to second language learners and low language at risk students.  Find out which strategies are best associated with each model and create make and take activities so you can use them in the classroom the next day!  Engaging, robust English acquisition happens throughout the day when ELD and Classroom teachers team up to enrich each lesson with rigorous language instruction.

Workshop #3:

Connections between Common Core Language Standards and ELD

Get an in-depth understanding of the Common Core Language Standards and how they correspond with Second language acquisition with this Make and Take workshop.

Whether you are in a push-in or pull-out program this Make and Take workshop is for K-5 ELD and/or classroom teachers working separately or as a collaborative team.

This presentation concentrates on strategies and make and take activities, which compare the connections between second language learning and the CCSS language standards.

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Workshop #4

Academic Language – The Bridge across the Common Core! What is it? How to teach it!

ELD and classroom teachers love this workshop as they learn strategies to co-teach academic language and grammar across the curriculum.  This workshop is of particular value to those participating as a cohort or a grade level team.  We explore strategies and activities to build academic language in Intermediate and EAcademic langugae graphicarly Advanced English language learners, as well as native English speakers.  These strategies are ideal for both push in or pull out programs.

The following areas will be presented and explored:

Phonological Features

Vocabulary and Word Formation




There is time allotted to create multiple Make and Take projects relating to each category.


Workshop #5

Getting To Know The Key Strategies for Teaching English Language Proficiency

Are you ready to get to know the new key strategies that support teaching English Language Proficiency in Oregon? This workshop explores and clarifies the strategies that support academic language and will bring your understanding and classroom instruction up to speed. This workshop will enhance your knowledge of key strategies whether you are brand new to them or already starting to incorporate them into your instruction.

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Workshop #1

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Oral Fluency and Vocabulary Development

Workshop #1 is for teachers interested in adding another layer of practical knowledge to their ELD instruction.  Enhance your instruction of oral language and vocabulary development with language games, picture cards, songs, chants, sentence frames, and “make & take” lesson plans.