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Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies

August 14 - August 28

August 14, 21 and 28, 2024

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


Please join CAL for this engaging and interactive three-day virtual institute that provides practical resources for building a socially and instructionally welcoming environment for all students.

It is critical to address the unique cultural, social, and academic needs of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Building on CAL’s decades of experience working with newcomers in educational and community settings, this institute focuses on two key components for optimizing success for newcomer students in the classroom:

  1. Participants will receive proven strategies and practical resources they can use immediately to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning. Designed for PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and other practitioners who work in educational settings with newcomer students and their families, such as social workers, counselors, and after-school specialists, CAL encourages teams of colleagues to attend.
  2. Participants will learn how to:
  • Recognize the diversity of newcomers in the schools, including special populations such as unaccompanied youth, students with limited and interrupted formal education, and students who have experienced displacement and migration.
  • Identify their cultural perspectives, assumptions, and biases and how they interact with those of others.
  • Interact in culturally relevant ways with immigrant and non-immigrant educators, students, and families.
  • Use effective approaches and instructional strategies with newcomers in the content classroom.
  • Access and create ready-to-use resources for classroom instruction.

Presenters include CAL experts in immigrant and refugee integration and PreK-12 EL education, building on CAL’s decades of experience working with language learners, immigrants, and refugees.

Each attendee will receive a workshop packet with materials that explicitly address how to promote welcome for newcomers within educational settings.

Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about our offerings.


August 14, 2024: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST

Cultural Perspectives, Influences, and Key Resources

  • Building awareness of the diversity of newcomer students in the school, including special populations such as
    • unaccompanied minors
    • students with limited and interrupted formal schooling
  • Identifying our perspectives and how these influence our interactions
  • Learning more about our students and their families and what they contribute to the school and the learning environment
  • Fostering connections among your school’s students, families, and teachers, immigrants, and non-immigrants alike
  • Determining how to apply resources in your school setting

August 21, 2024: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST

Adapting Content Instruction for Newcomer Students

  • Analyzing how to adapt content instruction and materials to meet the needs of newcomer students
  • Determining how to promote oral language development and begin to bridge oral language skills to literacy development
  • Designing classroom activities that allow newcomers to participate in grade-level content
  • Analyzing the application of the college and career readiness standards (such as CCSS) for optimal achievement by all newcomer students

August 28, 2024: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST

Adapting Content Instruction for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

  • Analyzing Assumptions of Western-Style Formal Education
  • Analyzing cultural differences using the Intercultural Communication Framework (ICF)
  • Determining how Schema Theory relates to Cultural Dissonance
  • Designing lessons using the Components of MALP®

Self-Paced Content

  • Participants must complete four hours of self-paced, asynchronous work in CAL’s Moodle platform.


  • Three 4.5-hour synchronous mini-workshop sessions, from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST between August 14, 21 and 28, 2024.
  • Self-paced, asynchronous content approximately 1 hour per week between August 14 and 28, 2024.
  • Note: The asynchronous portion will be accessible for one year.


  • Early bird pricing before July 15, 2024: $975 per person
  • Individual price after July 15, 2024: $1,075 per person
  • Send two or more people and pay $975 per person.
  • The cost includes all training materials.
  • Register early, as space is limited.

Cost includes the following materials:

  • Each attendee will receive a workshop packet with materials that explicitly address how to promote welcome for newcomers within educational settings
  • Links to digital activities


This Institute will be held online through interactive web conferences and self-paced assignments to be completed in CAL’s online learning platform.

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion for 16 hours, which may be used for continuing education credit.

Participants will receive a Digital Badge for attendance and engagement in any professional development offering facilitated by CAL’s PK-12 Language and Literacy Unit. A badge will be issued through the Credly platform as a digital representation of an experience, learning, or validation gained by the end of an institute or workshop.

CAL-Credly badges can be shared and verified online easily and securely and linked to metadata that provides context and verification. They can be shared across the Internet for maximum visibility and recognition.

If you have questions about digital badging at CAL, please get in touch with us via email at credentials@cal.org or call 202-362-0700, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.




Please complete the online registration process to reserve your seat for this institute. Please be aware that your seat at the workshop will only be confirmed once payment is received. If you register 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 payment method (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 payable to the Center for Applied Linguistics and mail it 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 they do not plan to attend the session. Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to three (3) weeks before 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 before 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 you have paid in advance. In some instances, registrants may have the option to transfer their registration to another event.

Fair Use of Materials

Individuals who have completed CAL training and workshops have permission from CAL to use materials while providing professional development to educators in their schools 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, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


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