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.

The Response to Intervention (RTI) process is designed to assist in the identification of all students who are in need of additional support in the classroom and school environment. These students may include those who are working to acquire English as a second language, those who may have undiagnosed learning and attention issues, or those who may need help due to interrupted schooling or frequent absences.

This workshop will focus on the RTI process as it relates to the growing number of students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds as they work to acquire a new language and succeed in the classroom.

Successful implementation of the Response to Intervention (RTI) process is key to ensuring that English learners receive appropriate intervention to maximize their academic achievement and language acquisition and are not disproportionately identified for special education services.

During this two and a half days informative workshop, participants will examine the steps of the RTI process that assist in the identification of students in need of additional support in the classroom and school environment; identify the process for the development of an RTI plan that will promote students’ academic as well as linguistic success; examine the steps for differentiating among typical second language acquisition, learning difficulties, cultural differences & influences and issues for students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). Participants will review instructional practices that support teachers’ implementation of RTI plans in the classroom; discuss with colleagues and team members the processes for monitoring and documenting student progress; and explore issues that challenge the practice of correctly identifying and assessing English learners with learning disabilities.

Building on CAL’s decades of experiences working with second language learners in elementary and secondary school settings, the institute will focus on specific aspects of the RTI process. Participants will review case studies and consider possible areas for observation, data collection, assessment, interventions, and key points of discussion for school/district faculty, staff, related service providers, and administrators in regards to academic achievement and second language acquisition. The workshop will include a variety of activities, such as jigsaw/partner readings, small group tasks, analysis of instructional strategies that support Tier I pre-referral interventions, and the development of instructional goals and implementation plans.

This institute is designed for PreK-12 general education/content area teachers, English as a Second Language educators, Title I teachers, ELL Coordinators, Administrators, and teachers/related service providers who are either members of RTI teams, or who support the RTI process in their schools. District personnel who are active in their schools’ RTI planning and implementation are encouraged to attend as turnkey support. RTI team members are encouraged to attend together in order allow for a collaborative approach to developing effective English learner implementation plans for their schools or districts.

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Topics include:

  • Review of the RTI History, Processes, and Continuum of Services
  • Issues in the misidentification of special needs among English learners
  • English learner's typical second language acquisition, content learning, and cultural perspectives
  • Identification, data collection, and goal development for both content and language learning
  • Tier I instructional practices for second language learners, intervention, and support
  • Tier I documentation, monitoring, and decision-making
  • Working with all stakeholders: Parents, translators and interpreters, guidance counselors, psychologists, special educators, speech pathologists, instructional leaders, content teachers, and students
  • Interpreting IEPs and meeting instructional goals in the ESL and content classroom
  • Next Steps: Tier II & Tier III, Structured Interventions and Special Education Evaluation


Days 1 and 2  
  8:30 am –   9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning training session
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch and networking
12:45 pm –   3:30 pm Afternoon training session (including mid-afternoon dessert break)
Day 3  
8:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast and conversation
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning training session and wrap up
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm  Lunch and networking


Early bird registration by June 15, 2019: $750/person. 
After June 15, 2019: $950/person.
Send 2 people or more and pay $750 each.

Cost includes all training materials (1 workbook and 2 companion videos, a retail value of $75) and breakfast and lunch each day.


This Institute will be held at the Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington DC. 

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Please note that all travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the participant. See our policies below for more information. 

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.


To reserve your seat for this institute, please complete the online registration process. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you are registering multiple participants, please have the name, title, school, and email addresses available before you begin the registration process. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as many workshops fill up quickly.

Before beginning the registration process, please determine your preferred method of payment (credit card, check, or purchase order). When paying by credit card using the online registration system, your seat will be immediately confirmed and you will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the transaction. CAL accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA. For registrations to be paid by purchase order or check, please note that your seat will be tentatively reserved until payment is received. Once the payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email. There will be a fee of $15.00 for each check returned as uncollectible. Purchase orders should be uploaded directly to the registration system or emailed to payables@cal.org. For payment by check, or to pay for purchase orders, please make the check payable to the Center for Applied Linguistics and mail to: Accounts Receivable, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants: We encourage participants to let CAL know as soon as possible if you do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks prior to the institute start date by sending an email to solutions@cal.org. After that date, no refunds will be available. However, registrants may choose to receive the institute materials by mail, postpone their attendance to a future CAL Institute, or transfer the registration to another individual up to three (3) days prior to the course start date. Contact us to discuss your options.
CAL: CAL reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or for reasons beyond our control. If we exercise this right, we will refund any registration fees which you have paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to the another event. CAL is not responsible for transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant.

Fair Use of Materials
Individuals who have completed CAL trainings and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials in the course of providing professional development to educators in their school or school districts. These materials cannot be used to deliver fee-based services. Email CAL if you have questions about the use of CAL materials.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at solutions@cal.org or call 202-362-0700, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm Eastern Time.