Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
Learn effective strategies and activities to increase your newcomer students’ inclusion and learning in the classroom
Please join CAL for this engaging and interactive two-day virtual institute providing practical resources for building a welcoming environment, both socially and instructionally, for all students.
Given the increasing tide of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools, it is critical to address the cultural, social-emotional, and academic needs of these students 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:
- Day One: Cultural Perspectives, Influences, and Key Resources
- Day Two: Adapting Content Instruction for Newcomer Students
Participants will receive proven strategies and practical resources they can use right away 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.
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 own cultural perspectives, assumptions, and biases, and how these interact with 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
Each attendee will receive a workshop packet with materials that explicitly address how to promote welcome for newcomers within educational settings. Presenters include CAL experts in immigrant and refugee integration and PreK-12 EL education, building on CAL’s decades of experience in working with language learners, immigrants, and refugees.
- Between February 4th and February 11th, participants will be expected to complete approximately 3 hours of self-paced work in CAL’s asynchronous Moodle platform.
February 4, 2021: 9am-12pm and 1:30-3pm 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 own perspectives and how these influence our interactions
- Learning more about our students and their families, and what they contribute in 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
February 11, 2021: 9am-12pm and 1:30-3pm 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
Early bird registration by January 8, 2021: $735/person
After January 8, 2021: $865/Person. Send 2 people or more and pay $735/person.
Cost includes all training materials.
Questions? Email CAL with any questions you may have about our offerings.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.