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

The Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) process is designed to assist in the identification of all students who are in need of additional support in the classroom, school environment and in online instruction. These students may include those who are working to acquire English as a second language, students who face academic difficulties due to factors such as low socio-economic status (SES), poor quality instruction, or other intervening factors; those students who may have an undiagnosed learning issues, or those who may need help due to interrupted or limited schooling.

Successful implementation of the MTSS [also referred to as 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.

This workshop will focus on the MTSS 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.

During this three-day informative workshop, participants will examine the steps of the MTSS/RTI process; differentiate among the characteristics of second language acquisition, learning difficulties, cultural differences and influences and issues for students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE); and identify the process for the development of an MTSS/RTI plan that will promote students' academic as well as linguistic success. Participants will also review instructional practices that support teachers' implementation of MTSS/RTI plans in the classroom; discuss with colleagues and team members the processes for monitoring and documenting student progress; identify curriculum development and instructional practices to support classroom/content areas teachers with Tier 1, 2, and 3 students; and, explore issues that challenge the practice of correctly identifying and assessing English learners with possible learning disabilities. 

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. As a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online content, this workshop will include a variety of activities, such as jigsaw/partner readings, small group tasks, analysis of instructional strategies that support Tiers 1, 2, and 3 interventions, and the development of instructional goals and implementation plans.

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

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Topics include:

  • Review of the RTI/MTSS History, Processes, and Continuum of Services
  • Issues in the misidentification of special needs among English learners
  • English learner's second language acquisition characteristics, content learning, and cultural perspectives
  • Identification, data collection, and goal development for both content and language learning
  • Tiers I, 2, and 3 instructional practices for second language learners, intervention, documentation, planning, monitoring, and decision-making and support
  • Working with all stakeholders (i.e. parents, translators/ interpreters, guidance counselors, psychologists, special educators, related service providers, instructional leaders/coaches, content teachers, and students).
  • Next Steps: Tier 2 and Tier 3, Structured Interventions and Special Education Evaluation and support


Self-Paced Content

Between May 3rd and May 17th, 2022, participants will be expected to complete four hours of self-paced content to apply learning from the synchronous sessions.

  • May 3, 2022: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2-3:30pm EST
  • May 10, 2022: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2-3:30pm EST
  • May 17, 2022: 2021, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2-3:30pm EST


  • Early bird registration by February 1, 2022: $785/person.
  • After February 1, 2022: $955/person.
  • Send 2 people or more and pay $785 each
  • Cost includes all training materials provided electronically


his Institute will be held online through a combination of interactive online mini-workshops and through self-paced assignments to be completed in CAL’s online learning platform. 

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion for 18 hours which may be used for continuing education credit

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

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.

COVID-19 Contingencies Language for Additional to Professional Development (PD) Contracts
CAL’s travel policy states that there will no business travel through December 31, 2020. This policy will be reviewed for the 2021 calendar year with a decision by October 1, 2020. In the event of school closures, travel restrictions and/or a high incidence of COVID-19, the district/school will make every attempt to reschedule the equivalent hours of hours of PD in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions on dates/times that are mutually agreeable. CAL attests that the PD content will be the equivalent to the face-to-face sessions and also align to best practices for virtual instruction.
In the event that the PD cannot be rescheduled to a virtual delivery model, CAL’s cancellation policy applies.

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.