CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools, and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards.

Learn more about each institute below. To view as a calendar list, download the 2018 CAL Institutes flyer. 


Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas

Developing Academic Literacy

Design practical, hands-on activities for English learners to be successful within rigorous content instruction while exploring the academic language and literacy practices of the 21st century classroom.

CAL SIOP Training of Trainers Institute: Foundations

CAL SIOP TOT: Foundations

Enhance your SIOP Model knowledge to support delivery of effective professional development workshops at your school.

Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies

Newcomers in Your School

Learn effective strategies and activities to increase your newcomer students’ inclusion and learning in the classroom.

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English: Direct Strategies

Teaching Reading: Direct Strategies

Learn how to use the What’s Different? materials to provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners.

Teaching Reading to Students Learning English: Training of Trainers

Teaching Reading: TOT

Learn how to use the What’s Different? materials to provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners.

Language Assessment for an Effective Classroom: Principles and Practice

Language Assessment

Learn how to use language assessment principles and best practices to enhance classroom instruction and incorporate effective assessment into your program.

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

Vocabulary Instruction for ELs

Learn high-impact approaches to teaching vocabulary to English learners and develop classroom strategies to meet their content and language development objectives.

English Learners and Effective Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies

ELs and Effective RTI Strategies

Learn to distinguish between typical second language development and the needs of students who may demonstrate special needs or disabilities and develop a proactive plan for effective classroom interventions to promote student success.

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