Professional Learning Effective Professional Learning for Teachers of ELs The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team is committed to providing high-quality professional learning to educators of English learners. The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team's goal is to prepare educators with the knowledge and resources they need to meet the diverse needs of English learners. Characteristics of our training offerings include: Face-to-face, online, and blended formats Customization for diverse audiences including, EL teachers, general education/content teachers, and administrators Certificates of attendance to submit to school districts for license renewal credit Explore the tabs below to learn more about the professional learning opportunities currently available. WIDA Workshops EL Support Team GoOpenNC ELD Hub Sponsored Activities NCEdCloud/NCEES Professional Learning Opportunities Through the WIDA Consortium The NCDPI ESL/Title III offers workshops developed by WIDA. These WIDA Workshops cover a range of topics intended for a variety of audiences, from K-12 classroom teachers to EL specialists, to district and school administrators. WIDA Workshops are free and available to all NC public school and charter school educators. Learn more about the WIDA professional learning offerings available this school year at 21-22 WIDA Workshops for NC Educators. Professional Learning Opportunities Through the EL Support Team The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team sponsors the English Learner Support Team (ELST), a cadre of current or previous North Carolina Public School employees with a strong understanding of effective theory-based concepts for best practices in EL student education. The ELST offers professional learning and coaching opportunities across the state to train educators to personalize instruction for EL students learning new content in a second/non-native language (Adapted from NC State Plan for the ESSA, June 16, 2020). Additional information about requesting ELST Services and becoming a member of the ELST will be added soon. For ELST related questions contact Ivanna.firstname.lastname@example.org Collaboration and Networking Opportunities Through GoOpenNC The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team created a hub in the library of open education resources #GoOpenNC. This hub includes standards-aligned instructional resources related to the implementation of the North Carolina English Language Development Standard Course of Study (NC ELD SCOS). EL educators are encouraged to browse, reference, download, share, rate, discuss, and remix resources. Different from the NC ELD Standards Resource Hub, the GoOpenNC ELD Hub offers a space to collaborate and network with EL educators from across the state to share experiences implementing the NC ELD SCOS as well as instructional materials designed for students in the educators' school settings. EL Teacher Network The NC EL Teacher Network #Together4ELs is a community of practice for educators serving English learners in their classrooms. The Network’s Leadership Team consists of EL educators from across the state of North Carolina who come together to plan monthly activities for all members. These activities contribute to educators’ professional development and build their professional learning network as they explore resources, interact with colleagues, and reflect on EL education. ESL/EL Lead Teachers The ESL/EL Lead Teacher group is for EL specialists that have administrative responsibilities in their districts related to the EL program. The topics that are discussed and the resources that are shared in this group are specific to the planning and development of professional learning opportunities for teachers of English learners (ESL and content area teachers). Professional Learning Opportunities Through Sponsored Activities As part of the NCDPI ESL/Title III vision to build the capacity of all stakeholders in the state with regards to English learners (ELs), the team created a series of sponsorships for targeted professional development opportunities that enhance both the knowledge and skill base of stakeholders to be able to meet the needs of ELs. Educators who participate in sponsored activities collaborate in a project with a DPI representative. These sponsored activities cover all expenses including registration, travel (mileage or airfare), ground transportation, lodging, meals, and classroom coverage, if applicable, per State guidelines. Explore some of the resources shared by sponsored educators: Sponsorships Special Edition All sponsored activities are on hold this current semester of the 21-22 SY. More information coming soon. For further questions contact email@example.com Professional Learning Opportunities Through NCEdCloud/NCEES The NCDPI ESL/Title III Team created online self-paced and facilitator-led modules for NC public school and charter school educators to access through the my.ncedcloud.org portal at my.ncedcloud.org. Educators may access this portal using their UID number (usually 10 digits) and password; the same login information used to access PowerSchool and NCEES. - Data managers at the school level may provide assistance if the password is forgotten. Once logged onto the NCEdCloud System, click on the NCEES Unified Talent icon and click on the Professional Development Tab to access the online offerings. Current offerings include: #15103 DL/I Book Study: Educating ELs for a Transformed World A book study course designed for educators who want to learn more about dual language/immersion (DL/I) research and implementation through a close examination of the Thomas and Collier publications. This book study focuses on the first book, "Educating English Learners for a Transformed World," which is sometimes referred to as the "Blue Book," and it looks at the design, implementation, and assessment of educational programming for English Learners (ELs). #16665 Introduction to LinguaFolio Training This course is organized into eight modules that provide an overview of LinguaFolio as a formative assessment tool that helps learners: Assess their language competencies, document their intercultural activities, and become reflective and autonomous in their language learning. This 8 module course will take approximately 10 hours to complete and is worth 1 CEU upon completion. #235 The WIDA English Language Development Standards: Self-Paced NCDPI created a comprehensive series of professional development modules for expanded WIDA Professional Development state-wide. Supporting the focus on college and career-ready students, the distance education platform and module format facilitate the course for a variety of participants, such as in-service content teachers, ESL educators, school administrators, and district-level professionals. Information and Resources For more information, visit our subpages below or on the side-rail: English Learner (EL) Data, EL Program Quality, EL Program Compliance, Legislation & Policy, and Resources. To receive announcements, periodic newsletters, and other updates, sign up at NCDPI Email Updates. Add your email address and select these listservs: Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) Educators, NC LinguaFolio, and Teachers of English Learners.