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Summer Webinar Series

May 24 - August 16, 2017

Join our series of interesting webinars for ESL/bilingual educators

Ranging from topics about online instructional tools, inclusive education, teaching English, assessment adaptations, and closing the achievement gap for culturally diverse students, our webinars offer ideas to make everyday life in a classroom more engaging for educators and learners.


Upcoming Webinars:

Date:     Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time:     1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT

Title: Using English Central: Harnessing the Possibility of Authentic Media in the English Language Classroom 
Presenter: David Deubelbeiss

EnglishCentral allows teachers and schools to create courses using the world's best videos.  Our unique technology and learning pathway: Watch | Learn | Speak | Quiz is used by millions of students around the world.
Learn how to use EnglishCentral effectively as a teacher or an administrator and provide your students with effective practice using authentic language and media.
Come ask your questions and become an EnglishCentral "Star" Educator.  
Things we'll go over include:
1. Setting up and managing your school and classes
2. Video curriculum selection and setting goals for your students.
3. Assessing students and using our comprehensive reports. 
4. Questions and answers

David Deubelbeiss is an author, professor and teacher trainer. He is a leader in promoting the use of technology in language teaching and the use of social media in education.  He is the Director of Education at EnglishCentral. Find him online at his professional development community for teachers, EFL Classroom 2.0 or through his LinkedIn profile. He espouses the simple teaching philosophy of “When one teaches, two learn.”





Date:    Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time:    9:00 - 10:00 am CDT

Title: Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS)
Presenter: Patricia Garcia-Arena

Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS), a bilingual preschool curriculum, promotes the development of emergent literacy, oral language, and background and conceptual knowledge through the use of interactive reading. Session attendees will be introduced to the research base for COLLTS and an overview of the curriculum materials.

Patricia García-Arena, Ph.D., is a Principal Researcher at AIR. Dr. García-Arena has more than a decade of experience in child development and education. Her research experiences and interests have always included English language learners (ELLs) and their families, concentrating on such topics as childhood bilingualism, language development, cross-cultural child development studies, emergent literacy practices, language socialization, assessment development, and the educational attainment of minority students. Along with extensive research experience, Dr. García-Arena has also applied her research knowledge in child development and education to technical assistance initiatives to support minority children and their families. At AIR, Dr. Garcia-Arena has managed several research projects. 
Prior to her position at AIR, Dr. García-Arena was an English language learner assessment development associate at the University of Chicago, where she developed an English-Spanish, bilingual child assessment to measure prekindergarteners’ literacy skills. During her doctoral studies at Stanford, she designed and conducted a longitudinal study of language socialization practices in a bilingual society in Paraguay, South America, where both Spanish and the indigenous language of Guaraní are spoken. She received her Ph.D. in psychological studies in education with an emphasis in child and adolescent development from Stanford University. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University in human development and psychology and a B.A. in child development and psychology from Tufts University.


Stay tuned for more webinars!