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ESL and the Writing Domain: Effective Strategies in Teaching Writing

Dates: July 28 & 29, 2018
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

(Meets MA recertification requirement for 15 PDP’s related to SEI, ES)

EVERY public-school educator in the Commonwealth is required to earn 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners in each relicensing cycle.  To meet this need, The Reading Institute is offering  a two-day professional development workshop this summer.  Having surveyed past cohort participants in our stand-alone DESE approved endorsement course, the acknowledged forerunner topic for our first EL Relicense Workshop is Effective Strategies in Teaching Writing. The two days will be highly interactive, multisensory, and grounded in research based best practices.

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to...

...understand that speaking and writing are expressive forms of communication. [PST1&2]

...afford learning experiences that respect the reciprocity between reading and writing. [PST1&2]

...respect the need for a common language (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) in addressing the fundamental purposes for writing to inform, to persuade, to entertain, and to show emotion (PIES). [PST1-4] design learning experiences that afford ELs the opportunity to build stamina for the process of writing (pre-write, draft, revise, edit, conference [peer and teacher], and final presentation). [PST1-4] provide ELs direct, explicit and systematic instruction in writing constructed responses (narrative and expository). [PST1&2]

...apply knowledge of first language writing to inform academic writing and to provide best practice in developing text complexity, and conventions (mechanics, syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation) in the writing of ELs. [PST1&2]

...provide targeted focus and strategic instructional support scaffolds for ELs' collaborative writing, guided writing, journal writing, response logs, and media writing through conferencing and mini-lessons. [PST1-3]

Important Information:

PreK-12 MA teachers seeking Massachusetts SEI 15 PDPs

July 28 & 29, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm

$325.00 (Payment is made to The Reading Institute.)

15 Professional Development Points

July 13, 2018


Mid-morning snack provided;
Lunch on your own

60 Robert Drive
North Adams, MA
(old Excelsior Building)

Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 10 days of the training.

Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

Confirmations and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.

This workshop is designed to provide the kind of professional development related to SEI and English as a Second Language that is needed to fulfill the Massachusetts teacher recertification requirement for 15 PDPs. The workshop IS NOT the same professional development required for SEI Teacher Endorsement.