Professional Learning *Please note: The terms on this page may alternate between "English Learner" (EL) and "Multilingual Learner" (ML). As of March 21, 2022, NCDPI shifted to using "English Learner" for policy and legislation purposes and "Multilingual Learner" for all other purposes. See this letter for more details. Effective Professional Learning for Teachers of MLs The NCDPI ML/Title III Team is committed to providing high-quality professional learning to educators of MLs. The NCDPI ML/Title III Team's goal is to prepare educators with the knowledge and resources they need to meet the diverse needs of MLs. Characteristics of our training offerings include: Face-to-face, online, and blended formats Customization for diverse audiences including, ML teachers, general education/content teachers, and administrators Certificates of attendance to submit to school districts for license renewal credit Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference The Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference is an annual event for educators of MLs. The conference is a three-day training led by members of the English Language Development (ELD) Support Team. The event started as part of the team's vision to build capacity at the local school system level and sustain statewide implementation of research-based strategies to meet the needs of multilingual learners. At the conference, participants join educators interested in reviewing second language acquisition methodologies, academic vocabulary and discourse strategies, and scaffolding techniques to enhance language development instruction with MLs. Visit the conference archives. The NCDPI ML/Title III Team invited all educators of multilingual learners (MLs) to participate in the Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference from June 20-24, 2022. During this summer’s conference, educators had an opportunity to think deeply about the 2020 NC ELD Standard Course of Study (SCOS), reimagine instruction through new ELD resources, and exchange SCOS implementation ideas that center on the needs and achievement of MLs. Missed the Conference? Access the recordings, slide decks, and conference notebooks from the conference archive at bit.ly/NCELD22archives. The conference archive can also be accessed in the NC ELD Standards Resource Hub under "ELD Standards-Based Resources." Explore the tabs below to learn more about the professional learning opportunities currently available. WIDA Workshops ELD Support Team GoOpenNC ELD Hub Sponsored Activities NCEdCloud/NCEES Professional Learning Opportunities Through the WIDA Consortium The NCDPI ML/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 ELD specialists, to district and school administrators. Face-to-face offerings allow participants to interact directly with WIDA staff and online workshops through Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) are available when and where it is convenient to participants, offering something for every educator of multilingual learners! 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 22-23 WIDA Workshops for NC Educators. Short URL to access the document: bit.ly/NCWIDAWorkshops22-23. Professional Learning Opportunities Through the ELD Support Team The NCDPI ML/Title III Team sponsors the English Language Development Support Team (ELDST), a cadre of current or previous North Carolina Public School employees with a strong understanding of effective theory-based concepts for best practices in ML student education. The ELDST offers professional learning and coaching opportunities across the state to train educators to personalize instruction for MLs learning new content in a second/non-native language (Adapted from NC State Plan for the ESSA, June 16, 2020). Visit the professional learning offerings archives. We encourage educators to browse, reference, download, share, discuss, and adapt all the available materials and resources. About the ELD Support Team The ELDST offers training and coaching opportunities on academic language development, second-language acquisition, literacy, authentic formative and summative assessments, technology integration, and data-driven decision-making for English learners (NC State Plan for the ESSA, June 16, 2020). Learn more about the ELD Support Team. Meet the 21-22 ELD Support Team Read about each member of the 21-22 ELD Support Team and learn about their areas of expertise. Apply to Become an ELD Support Team Member Application opens every two years in Spring. 22-23 Onboarding Timeline For ELDST-related questions, contact Ivanna.Anderson@dpi.nc.gov Collaboration and Networking Opportunities Through GoOpenNC The NCDPI ML/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). ML 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 ML 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. NC EL Teacher Network The NC EL Teacher Network #Together4ELs is a community of practice for educators serving MLs in their classrooms. The Network’s Leadership Team consists of ML educators from across the state 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 ML education. ESL/EL Lead Teachers The ESL/EL Lead Teacher group is for specialists that have administrative responsibilities in their districts related to the ELD 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 MLs (ESL and content area teachers). Professional Learning Opportunities Through Sponsored Activities As part of the NCDPI ML/Title III vision to build the capacity of all stakeholders in the state with regard to MLs, 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 MLs. 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: 19-20 Sponsorships Special Edition For further questions contact Xatli.Stox@dpi.nc.gov Professional Learning Opportunities Through NCEdCloud/NCEES The NCDPI ML/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 Multilingual Learners.