Innovative Professional Development for English Language Development Teachers

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Our ELD workshops bridge the gap between theory and practice. Our specialty is bringing the how-to, hands-on strategies that practicing 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.

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Our New Workshop!

Workshop #6

ELD Models and Strategies for Co-Teaching 

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.

Friday March 4, 2016 – Portland

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Workshop #3:

Connections between Common Core Language Standards and ELD
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.

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.

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

Friday – April 8, 2016 – Portland Area (Oregon City)


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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.

Friday – January 22, 2016 – Lane ESD – Eugene, OR

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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.

Friday- May 6, 2016  – Portland Area (Oregon City)

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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.

Portland, OR area



Workshop #2:

ELD Make and Take 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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•Persistent errors made by more advanced ELLs
•Literacy in ELD – what it is and how do we teach it

Portland, OR area