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50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

How can you increase English Language Learners (ELLs) language and academic proficiency? The book, 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, is a straight forward, easy to read book that presents effective teaching strategies for ELLs ...

15 hours

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A Fresh Look At Phonics: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success

Are you an elementary teacher who is looking for a refreshing look at teaching phonics? You might be thinking to yourself “I’ve been teaching phonics forever! What else could I need to know?” but look no further! In this book study we will dive ...

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Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

Developing students’ academic language and conversation skills are crucial to academic success. This book study analyzes Academic Conversations; Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers and Marie Craw...

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Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators

This book study will give English Language (EL) and Gen Ed teachers of grades K-12, as well as administrators, counselors, and other school support faculty, the chance to focus on practical applications of EL advocacy research. The course will pro...

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Application of Language Acquisition for Differentiated & Diverse Learners

Teachers will share, discuss, and implement differentiated language learning techniques used in their classroom for diverse learners. Specifically focused on EL strategies, teachers will apply their understanding of scaffolds and language acquisi...

15 hours

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Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity

Assessment is a crucial tool in the classroom and “when reported in meaningful ways, inform teaching and learning.” Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity by Margo Gottlieb focuses on the planning, collecting and analyz...

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Basic Phonics for All Students Level 1

In this online course, students will participate in a book study of Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy by Denise Eide. This book study is the 1st of 3 sections that helps educators teach or ...

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Basic Phonics for All Students Level 2

This course continues a book study of Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy by Denise Eide. The first study focused on the basic rules of English. In this study, students will continue to learn...

15 hours

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Behavior As a Form of Communication 101

This course describes how behavior is a form of communication among students (and adults as well). Participants will learn to focus on form vs. function of behavior, and then address the varieties of functions of behavior and how a teacher can imp...

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Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension

This course is a book study of Sara K. Ahmed’s Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension. Participants will collaboratively discuss the tools provided, engage in lessons as adult learners, and reflect on what these thi...

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Better Vocabulary Instruction to Increase Reading Comprehension

This class will focus on strategies that will help classroom teachers scaffold and build Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary lessons. We will be using lessons and texts from Laura Robb’s book, Vocabulary is Comprehension: Getting to the Root of Text Comp...

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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

This course will be a book study of Donalyn Miller’s book The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. Participants will discuss and make plans of implementation to engage a classroom of readers. Participants will also walk awa...

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"The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" Book Study

We will do a book study on "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog" to discuss trauma, how it affects children, and how we as educators can understand this and provide simple ideas to use in our relationships with all kids. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalav...

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Brainitz Level 1 Certification: Creating Blended Learning Lessons with Built-in Student Accountability

Educators will engage with course readings and interactive video instruction to further develop their understanding of blended learning and instructional strategies. In addition, educators will compose three interactive lessons using www.brainitz....

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Breaking Down The Wall: Essential Shifts for English Learners' Success

Today's classroom requires unique planning and utilizing assessments models to help English Language Learners compete with their peers. Nine experts in culturally linguist education weave topics from assessment to collaboration that allow teachers...

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Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading

Teachers will gain engaging and concrete ways to teach abstract reading strategies. The book emphasizes the importance of how to make thinking visible for our students, and how to teach these strategies before students apply them to their independ...

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Content Writing for English Learners: Writing Instruction You Can Use Tomorrow!

Educators will learn to use graphic organizers to scaffold writing for English learners. Consistent use of the same organizers allow students to learn the content, and not focus on learning the use of multiple organizers. Work will focus on labeli...

30 hours

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Creating Educational Videos to Enhance Student Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Having increasingly larger class sizes with one teacher makes it difficult to differentiate and help students in a small group setting or on-on-one. This class will help you to create videos that you can post to your websites. The videos will allo...

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Cultural Awareness: The Middle of Everywhere

This course is a book study on The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees enter the American Community. We will explore how refugees are placed in America, describing their hardships, and what readers can learn from the refugee’s stories. Included...

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse History Makers

In this online course, students will participate in the use of implementing primary sources, visual thinking strategies, timelines and mapping skills as they support CLD students. Participants will connect to individuals in history coming from dif...

15 hours

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Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

In this book study, students will learn that the achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need...

15 hours

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Designing Lessons for English Language Learners

This course will focus on specific practices for teachers to design their own lesson plan for English language learners. It will challenge you to apply specific practices (going beyond the most basic strategies) to make your content accessible for...

45 hours

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Digging In Deep: Thinking Together about Equity Practices

Educators will actively participate in online, collaborative learning to further develop their understanding of equity and equitable assessment, instructional strategies, and curriculum. Specific applications will be made to practice as educators ...

15 hours

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Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities

This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the differences between struggling students who are still acquiring English and English Language Learners who have learning disabilities. The book will help educators make more i...

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Dive Into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice

In this online course, students will participate in a book study of Dive Into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor Mackenzie. “Want to make learning more meaningful in your classroom? Looking to better prepare your student...

30 hours

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Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction to Improve Academic Success

Research indicates that the breadth and depth of a student’s word knowledge is directly linked to reading comprehension and overall academic success. The quality of a reader’s knowledge of the words in a text is crucial for reading comprehension a...

15 hours

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Equipped for Reading Success

Foundational reading skills help crack the code for all beginning readers and struggling readers of any age! Read the book Equipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick described as a comprehensive, step-by-step program for developing phonemic ...

15 hours

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Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School Book Study

Everyday Antiracism is a book study that will identify acts of racism in our schools, expose educators to the ways in which others have handled the experience, and give actionable steps to addressing racism in any classroom or school. This book s...

15 hours

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From Ideas to Words: Writing Strategies for English Language Learners

Writing is often referred to as the last frontier in literacy. It is often a daunting subject to teach for all students, let alone English learners. Teachers often need to just make small tweaks to their instruction to engage English learners and ...

15 hours

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Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids

This course is a book study of Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp's book, Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids. Miller is considered The Book Whisperer and has devoted her career to engaging students with books and helpign them fall in love with rea...

30 hours

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Groundbreaking Guys: History Makers Across the Curriculum

This class is geared for elementary teachers who want to celebrate the contributions of eight ground breaking male history makers in American history. Educators will actively participate in building skills using timelines, Google Earth, Visual Thi...

15 hours

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Growing Confident, Capable Readers

This book study will provide participants with an opportunity to help our “striving” readers begin to “thrive” into successful readers. The book works to help educators gain new strategies as well as to know what we can avoid in order to best sup...

30 hours

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How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

This course will use a book called How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms by Carol Ann Tomlinson in order to implement differentiation strategies in your classroom. Children learn at different rates and in different wa...

30 hours

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Introduction to Restorative Practices in Education

Restorative Practices (RP) has become a buzzword in education, but what exactly does this mean? RP is an alternative to punitive approaches like suspensions, expulsions, and excluding students from the learning environment. RP are about identify...

15 hours

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Know Better, Do Better: Teaching the Foundations So Every Child Can Read

Looking for professional development that's evidence based in the area of foundational reading skills aligned with the READ Act? Look no further! This course will use the book Know Better, Do Better: Teaching the Foundations So Every Child Can Rea...

30 hours

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Leaders for Just Schools

Teachers will actively participate in online and in-person learning to further develop their understanding of equity and its impact on learning environments. Teachers will ultimately examine ways to evaluate the equity of their own schools and cre...

30 hours

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Literacy Strategies for the Diverse Classroom Using Edpuzzle

Teachers will actively participate in online learning to further develop their understanding of various literacy strategies to engage specialized populations within the classroom. The application of Edpuzzle will incorporate educational videos r...

15 hours

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Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

This book study will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the ways to help students with challenging behaviors be more successful at school and in life. The book works to help educators and parents see challenging student behaviors ...

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Maximizing Learning with Meaningful Tech Integration

This course moves beyond searching for the new shiny tech tool in education. The buzzwords on everyone's lips for the last decade have been "21st-century learning." Educators talk about incorporating technology into lessons on a regular basis, but...

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News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News

This course helps educators teach students the skills that will make them careful and thorough researchers. Most students in our time are not critical consumers of information, and through this course educators can help students make meaning of t...

15 hours

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed Book Study

Pedagogy of the Oppressed is a book study that will analyze Paulo Freire’s ideas of transforming education from an oppressive institution to one that is more equitable. This book study is ideal for any educator who is working towards creating a mo...

15 hours

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Personalizing Learning to Keep Students at the Center

In this Students at the Center book study, educator learners will be introduced to the basic tenets of personalized learning and how it can positively impact student success. Through the course text, educators will also engage with skills essentia...

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Planning for Inquiry in the Writing Workshop

Have you struggled with teaching writing? Is planning for writing difficult? Do you want to increase student engagement during writing? This course is designed to take teachers through the writing process. Teachers will find quality mentor texts a...

15 hours

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Powerful Vocabulary Instruction for Multilingual Learners

Educators are constantly bombarded with strategies and tips for teaching English Learners. We know the English learners, or better termed multilingual students, need extra support with vocabulary. The course readings using Cultivating Knowledge, B...

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Preparing English Language Learners to be 21st Century Citizens

English language learners' experience with technology can vary greatly from one student to the next. Some kids may have never used a computer while others may be doing all of the troubleshooting! This class will provide ideas for effectively using...

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Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Educators will participate in an online book study to further develop their understanding of the importance of play in their classrooms. The authors assert, “Play is one type of environment where children can be rigorous in their learning.” Throug...

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Restorative Practices: Part II

This course continues to build on the tools and practices learned in the Introduction to Restorative Practices in Education COpilot course. As this course is a continuation of practices taught in the introduction course, you must have taken that c...

15 hours

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Strategies that Engage: Moving Beyond the Stereotypes of Poverty

This course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore core strategies for engagement that lead to academic success for learners. Participants will explore seven factors that establish purposeful learning routines to increase motivat...

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StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners

Educators will participate in an online book study to further develop their understanding of the importance of StoryMaking using a Maker Movement Approach. If you are looking to integrate fresh ideas of learning including the maker movement, liter...

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Supporting English Language Learning in Math Class

This course is a book study of Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class by Kathy Melanese, Luz Chung, & Cheryl Forbes. Participants will collaboratively discuss the modifications and supports provided and reflect on their own teaching i...

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Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop

Have you wondered how to better support English Learners during your reading time? Dive into Lindsey Moses’ book Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop to learn how to plan and support English learners during units of study, workshop ...

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Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas

Have you ever wondered if all of your students are truly "getting it?" Do you want to enhance your lessons to engage all learners while at the same time enhancing instruction for your English Language Learners? In this class, teachers will engage ...

15 hours

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Understanding the Science of Foundational Reading Skills

Learn how foundational reading skills are an integral part when learning how to read. Apply this knowledge to your classroom whether you are a general education teacher in a primary classroom, teach intervention for struggling readers or are an in...

15 hours

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Using Assessment Data in the Reading Workshop

You have collected all this data. Now what? With the help of Jennifer Serravallo, we will explore ways to use data to guide reading instruction and develop plans to help get students to where they need to be. “Trust The Literacy Educator’s Playboo...

30 hours

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What Every Teacher Should Know about Reading: A Dual Book Study

Educational practices for teaching reading are starting to catch up to what science has been telling us for years. Choose to read either Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenbe...

15 hours

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for People to Talk about Racism

White Fragility is a book study that analyzes the system of white supremacy and why it is challenging for white people to discuss racism. As the United States' student population becomes increasingly diverse, "it is essential educators develop sk...

15 hours

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Using Games to Teach K-12

Are you looking to build positive classroom culture while increasing student engagement and retention? In this course, you will learn how through the implementation of classroom games. We will learn unique team-building games, review games, games ...

15 hours

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Who's Doing the Work?: Strategies for CORE Reading Instruction

Teachers will actively participate in online learning to develop stronger skills and strategies for literacy instruction in a more effective and efficient way through the use of the text, Who’s Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do Mor...

15 hours

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The Writing Revolution

The Writing Revolution course is a book study that will encourage collaboration and discussion among the participants in the course. Additionally, participants will incorporate the strategies into their curriculum and reflect on the process. T...

30 hours

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Writing Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners

Many English language learners require extra support to become successful writers. This book study will look at the unique needs of ELLs and explore effective instructional methods to make writing instruction engaging and accessible to students gr...

1000 hours

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English Learner Professional Development


This tracks contains all of the classes offered on COpilot that satisfy the English Learner PD license requirement. These classes cover a variety of topics including English Learner foundational concepts, language acquisition, assessment, and instructional strategies. You will walk away from these classes with strategies you can implement in your classrooms and workplaces right away! All CEA members get up to three free classes from this track. You can take one free class per academic year, which runs from August 1 - July 31. The ELPD credits are worth a $45 value, so if you're taking a class that is more than one graduate credit, there will be a small enrollment fee.

Nonmember Price: $8,000
CEA Member Price: $5,000