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Practical Strategies for Adapting Response to Intervention Techniques to Enhance the Performance of Your English Language Learners

(Grades 1-8)

Presented by Jo Gusman
Internationally Recognized ESL Teacher, Author and Outstanding Seminar Leader

Specifically Designed for Title I Reading Specialists, Reading Recovery Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, ESL Teachers, General Education Teachers, Administrators, Principals, and Instructional Assistants Who Work with ELL Students in Grades 1-8

  • How to adapt the most effective RTI interventions to support ELL students who need additional help in reading and writing
  • Highly effective ways to use a tiered RTI model to provide appropriate interventions for your ELL students
  • Dozens of classroom-proven literacy strategies to accelerate the academic success of ELL students in the general education classroom
  • Simple, time-efficient ways to document interventions and student progress using ELL-adapted RTI techniques
  • Demonstrations, models, documentation forms, sample materials, and an extensive ELL resource handbook

Practical Ideas and Strategies

How can we help our English Language Learners (ELL) who appear to be falling behind in their literacy development? How can we make sure that we are assessing our ELL students’ language and literacy development accurately? How do we help our ELL students read and comprehend in a language that is not their primary language? What can we do to help our ELL students before they fall too far behind in their language and literacy development?

In this interactive, dynamic seminar, Jo Gusman will share effective ways to use a tiered RTI model to provide the most appropriate interventions for your ELL students. Participants will learn effective instructional frameworks and processes to use with English Language Learners within the Response to Intervention framework that meet your students’ social, cultural and linguistic needs.

Jo Gusman, internationally recognized teacher, author and consultant to district staff who work with ELL students, will share with you dozens of practical, yet highly effective ideas on how to use a tiered RTI model to provide the most effective and appropriate interventions for your ELL students.

You will experience a wide variety of classroom-ready, time-efficient curriculum and instructional frameworks, language and biliteracy strategies, and processes which will support the wide range of culturally and linguistically diverse students in your grades 1-8 classrooms. The entire day will be packed with practical ideas that you can take back to your school and implement immediately with your ELL students.

To enhance the usefulness of this seminar, you will leave with an extensive resource handbook filled with ready-to-implement strategies, processes, skill-development techniques, and resource materials that will provide you with years of support.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Understand the Response to Intervention and Instruction-Tiered Models and Their Use with ELL Students
    Establish a solid foundation and understanding of the intent and purpose of the various Response to Intervention and Instruction-Tiered Models and their use with ELL students
  2. Learn How to Adapt the Tiered RTI Models for Your ELL Students
    Learn how tiered RTI models can be adapted to your work with ELL students … How to plan interventions by identifying the appropriate tier for each student
  3. Understand the Second Language Acquisition Process and How to Tailor Instruction to Meet Students’ Proficiency Levels
    Learn how to use The Language-Concept Connection Model to match your ELL students’ language proficiency to instruction … Learn a variety of culturally responsive systems, frameworks, processes, and strategies to use immediately in your classroom
  4. Distinguish Learning Disabilities from Language Acquisition Skills
    Understand how typical language acquisition skills impact your ELL students … Learn the most effective, research-based processes and strategies to determine if your ELL students have learning disabilities or need culturally responsive interventions
  5. From Deficit to Asset – Learn How Your ELL Students’ Social, Cultural and Linguistic Needs Determine Their Success in School
    Effective ways to build on your students’ language, literacy and cultural assets … Correlate your students’ assessment information to daily instruction by using Jo Gusman’s teacher-friendly visual planning guides
  6. Intervene with ELL Students Before They Fall Too Far Behind
    Highly effective strategies and skill-development techniques to help you work more effectively with ELL students before they fall behind
  7. Implement Differentiated Literacy Instruction
    Support Tiers 2 and 3 students with highly instructional formats, processes, procedures, and strategies that align instruction with your students’ unique language, literacy and culturally specific learning needs
  8. Apply the Most Current Research From the Areas of Biliteracy and the Neurosciences to Strengthen Reading Comprehension, Fluency and Vocabulary Development
    Receive a wide variety of practical, responsive strategies that will help your ELL students better process and comprehend text and concepts
  9. Teach New Vocabulary and Strengthen Word Study Skills
    Powerful strategies that accelerate vocabulary acquisition … Teach for transfer – from definitions to comprehension
  10. Receive an Extensive ELL Resource Handbook to Help You Better Meet the Needs of Your ELL Students The extensive resource handbook you receive not only will guide your learning during the seminar, but also will provide you with a wealth of information beyond the seminar including an extensive bibliography of current research-based materials and internet sites to help you more effectively differentiate and meet the language and literacy needs of your students

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Powerful adaptations of RTI models and culturally responsive teaching techniques to support your ELL students
  • Effective techniques to determine if language acquisition is the primary cause for literacy delays
  • Outstanding ways to use a culturally responsive tiered RTI model to provide the most appropriate interventions for your ELL and culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • How the latest research from the neurosciences can guide instructional planning and implementation of lessons accessible to ELL students at a variety of language proficiency levels
  • How to intervene with ELL students before they fall too far behind in their literacy development
  • Outstanding, specific resources you can use to develop highly effective interventions that dramatically increase ELL students’ success
  • Proven strategies, processes and skill-development techniques to help your students work successfully with narrative and expository text materials
  • Ready-to-use instructional strategies that save you time and are easy to implement
  • How to design a highly effective RTI process that supports your struggling ELL students
  • How to help your ELL students develop a rich repertoire of research-based comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development strategies, and skill-development techniques
  • Proven strategies for building fluency as a tool for improving reading comprehension
  • How to work smarter, not harder when implementing standards-based reading instruction
  • How to form effective “Language and Literacy Leadership Solution Seeking Teams” to create a more focused, culturally responsive approach to intervention
  • Pre-, during and post-reading ideas that empower ELL students to read strategically with deeper comprehension
  • Ready-to-use instructional frameworks, processes and strategies that save you time and are easy to implement
  • How to make best use of the internet and other resource materials to enrich and strengthen your language and literacy program

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Based on my 30 plus years of teaching experience as a teacher of English Language Learners, teacher of student teachers and educational consultant to school districts throughout North America, I have found that meeting the language acquisition, academic and biliteracy needs of English Language Learners can be both challenging and gratifying.

Today, Response to Intervention models challenge “mainstream” classroom teachers and ESL specialists as they orchestrate research-based, quality educational programs for their ELL students.

Today’s seminar is based on the questions many of you have asked me, and questions that I have asked myself, such as, “I hear them reading aloud, but when I ask comprehension questions, they cannot answer my questions. Why is that? What can I do?”; “How can I determine if my ELL student is falling behind in their literacy development due to a special needs issue or their English language proficiency level?”; “In what ways can I be certain that a referral to special education is based on a need for special education services instead of English Language Development/ESL services?”; “I have tried everything to teach them to read more fluently. Are there any research-based strategies to help my ELL students read more fluently?”

This seminar will help answer your questions and you’ll receive a resource handbook that will provide you with practical, easy-to-implement, timesaving strategies, processes and skill-development techniques for strengthening your language and literacy program.

Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran like me, you will leave this seminar inspired, refreshed and equipped with up-to-date research and resources, and a multitude of great ideas that work! It will be a privilege and honor to spend the day with you sharing my many practical, teacher and student-tested ideas.

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Sincerely,
Jo Gusman

P.S. Please come prepared to receive practical, research-based strategies, processes and skill-development techniques that you can take back to your classroom to empower your ELL students.

Who Should Attend

Title I Reading Specialists, Reading Recovery Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, ESL Teachers, General Education Teachers, Administrators, Principals, and Instructional Assistants who work with ELL Students in Grades 1-8.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in this handbook are:

  • Research-based strategies, processes and skill-development techniques to improve your ELL students’ reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary development
  • Culturally responsive RTI-tiered interventions: frameworks, processes, effective instructional strategies, classroom-ready handouts, and resource materials
  • A practical, yet simple, planning guide for integrating language and literacy data, and reading standards into your program
  • An extensive list of internet sites, resource materials and commercial programs that will help you meet your ELL students’ literacy needs
  • Copy-ready blackline masters you can use immediately

Meet and Share
This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in using RTI adapted techniques to enhance the performance of their ELL students.

Consultation Available
Jo Gusman will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your own program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!