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Professional Development from CALPRO

Posted on 04/14/2010


The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is offering three new professional development (PD) resources for ESL Instruction. Through these three resources ESL teachers can:

  • discover a wealth of free, researched-based materials and practical instructional strategies
  • access PD at any time, from any place — just with the click of a mouse!
  • join a growing community of ESL adult educators across California

The first is an online course, Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection, offered April 20-May 17, 2010.

How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your English learners' proficiency is increasing? This course presents an optimal process for English as a second language (ESL) instructional planning. The process uses three types of strategies: management, monitoring, and reflection. Backed by research, these strategies may be used with any proficiency level. Throughout the course, a subject-expert facilitator will guide participants in discussions as they explore ways to integrate these strategies into their courses and daily lessons.

Registration is limited and on a first-registered, first-served basis. Class begins on Apr. 20, and registering online is easy. There is also more information available on the CALPRO Online Courses site and Frequently Asked Questions page.

Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors
Housed on the CALPRO Web site, this Workroom offers research-based strategies and solutions to five central challenges of multilevel ESL instruction. An online flyer contains more details. A guided tour of the workroom will be offered on April 28. CALPRO will also be at the state CATESOL Conference in Santa Clara, with information about professional development podcasts and other Virtual Workroom resources.

Multilevel ESL electronic Professional Learning Community (e-PLC)
Join a growing community of ESL adult educators from across the state to share teaching tips, swap materials, and exchange practitioner wisdom. Membership is free and open to eligible adult literacy providers. View a flyer with more details, or register for the free April 28 online tour.

You can also apply for free membership.