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Building on the cultural and background knowledge of English Learners in classrooms and Counseling Groups

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15 PDPs
Grade K-12;PK
English Language Learners

This online course is meant for classroom teachers, arts specialists, counselors, librarians, nurses, paraeducators, speech/language therapists, and anyone else who works directly with students in Pre-K – 12th grade. The course will include a 3 hour final project. Educators who meet all requirements will earn 15 PDPs in ESL.

The emphasis of the course is on helping all school staff to learn about resources such as picture books, videos, and websites that reflect the cultures and build on the background knowledge of the English Learners (ELs) they serve (or may serve in the future). Participants will learn about a variety of strategies that can be used to engage your ELs (and all your students) so that they can build on what they already know, as they develop their language skills and participate in both academic and social/emotional learning. We will also discuss how these resources and strategies can be used to help your US-born students to learn about the cultures and lives of their EL classmates so that your school and classroom communities will be safe and stimulating environments for all your students.

*For those who have taken courses with Alice Levine before, you should know that this course draws heavily on material from past courses: Meeting the Needs of ELs within a General Education Setting, and Teaching ELs Using Culturally Meaningful Books.

Registration Options

Spring 2023
Registration Deadline: 02/22/2023 4:30pm EST
Spaces Available: 30
Instructors: Alice Levine
Meetings Dates: Click to View Dates
Location: Collaborative for Educational Services (Online)

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide.

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Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570

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