Professional Development

Educators seek effective program models and instructional strategies to serve the growing need for language instruction, both in the United States and around the globe. Supported by our ongoing research and drawing on our decades of experience in the classroom, CAL provides educators with effective strategies and practical tools they can use to help language learners succeed in school and beyond.

Our professional development services and materials incorporate a wide range of effective methods and techniques. These include a principles-to-practice approach to teacher training; a standards-based approach to language and literacy development, academic instruction, and assessment; and innovative instructional models, such as sheltered instruction and dual language education.

CAL can customize a solution to meet your unique requirements. Browse our solutions below or contact us to discuss your needs.

Oral Language Development for English Learners

Using real-world examples, research-based principles of instruction, a teacher-oriented practical workbook, and authentic classroom videos, this professional development workshop is primarily designed for classroom teachers...

Strategies to Strengthen Refugee Orientation and ESL Provision

Given the increasing tide of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools, it is critical to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of these students and...

Is Your Lexeme Extreme? Writing for Your Audience

This two-and-a-half-hour training focuses on how to write for audiences with low levels of literacy and non-native speakers of English. The training covers the characteristics...

English for Civic Life: Designing and Delivering Effective EL/Civics Instruction

The U.S. Department of Education’s EL/Civics Education initiative enables adult education programs to provide targeted instruction to English learners who intend to seek U.S. citizenship....

English that Works: Designing and Delivering Workforce ESL Instruction

Educators working with adults learning English know the importance of preparing students to be successful in the workforce. They seek ways to ensure that foreign-born...

Foundations of Dual Language Education

Learn how to provide effective dual language instruction to emergent bilinguals This two-day workshop provides dual language educators with research-aligned strategies and hands-on activities that promote...

Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt for English Learners

This workshop provides strategies and activities to help teachers provide access to math and science concepts for English learners while also developing their language skills....

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

This engaging two-day professional development workshop is designed to increase understanding and provide practical resources regarding vocabulary instruction for educators working with English learners in...

Assessment and Evaluation for Language Learners: Principles and Classroom Practices

Language assessment is a powerful tool for supporting and enhancing second language instruction. This two-day workshop is designed to familiarize participants with principles of effective...

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving in Context: Workforce Development in Your Community

Workforce development has been abuzz with “soft skills” for some time now, and even Google has confirmed they’re first and foremost among the characteristics of...

Promoting Cultural Proficiency to Boost Outcomes for All Students

With ever-increasing diversity in schools and communities around the country, the need to create educational access and opportunity for every student has never been greater....

CAL SIOP Overview Workshop

This multi-day comprehensive and interactive workshop is designed to help participants plan and deliver CAL SIOP Model lessons for linguistically and culturally diverse students. PreK-12...