District PD Opportunities

2015 L.I.E.P. (ELL) Fall Newsletter

From E.L.L. to L.I.E.P.

The L. I. E. P. (formally called English Language Learner) team would like to welcome everyone back to school.

Recently, the federal government changed the English Language Learner program title to the "Language Instruction Education Program".

At College Community we have approximately 120 EL (English learner) students with 31 countries represented and over 20 different languages spoken. The number of students has increased the past two years and based on statewide data that trend will continue. We invite you to partake in any or all of these wonderful opportunities.

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Professional Development Opportunities

September: SIOP Training-Grant Wood

GWAEA will be offering Introduction to Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) beginning Saturday Sept. 19th at GWAEA in Cedar Rapids. While the course is designed to provide information for teachers and other educators on improving instruction for students who are identified as English Language Learners, the research based strategies shared have been found to benefit all students. The course offering is free of charge, but is available for 1 hour of license renewal ($25), Morningside ($75) or Drake credit($100).

Must attend all the dates below:
Sept. 19, 2015 8:30 – 4
Oct. 3 8:30 – 4
Oct. 20 from 5-7

The link to information and registration is:

Please, contact Lynn Tiemann with questions.

Lynn Tiemann

ELL Consultant

Speech-Language Pathologist

Grant Wood Area Education Agency

4401 Sixth Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


October: ELL Basics 101-At Prairie

Who: Open to any certified K-12 teachers, strategists, coaches, administrators, and/or counselors with a preference given to new and/or 5-12 teachers serving ELL students. Registration is limited to 20 participants. This is the same PD opportunity offered last June. The overwhelming response lead us to offer it again.

What: This is a "basic" overview of English Learners at College Community. ELL population demographics, nuances associated with particular countries, entrance process, language levels, emotional/behavioral stages, communication resources, district accommodations for EL’s in mainstream classrooms, quick modifications that can be used for any assessments, professional development options, and time for discussion/questions.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 4-6pm. High School study hall room. If interested, contact Amy Miner (aminer@crprairie.org) for more details. A standard district hourly wage is available to participants.

November: Iowa Culture and Language Conference-Coralville

Nov. 9-11 (Can attend 1 day)

An amazing conference with moving speakers, dynamic conference sessions, and information that will enhance your teaching skills for ALL students not just EL students.

If interested, perspective applicants will need to send a complete scholarship application to Erlene Spicer by Sept. 22nd. Contact a member of the LIEP team for the grant application.

Preference is given to certified staff members that are in direct contact with ELL students. Once your grant scholarship application is approved, Title III funding will pay for registration fees for K-12 mainstream teachers and administrators to attend one day of the conference and will reimburse the district for substitute teachers.

To view the conference details:


DO NOT sign up until your grant is submitted and approved.

Anytime: Professional Learning Board Online Teacher Relicensure and PD Courses


Reaching Diverse Learners-1 Iowa License Renewal Credit

$99-discounted to ISEA members

Make sure to fill out : Staff Hub, Business Office, Forms, Educational Lane Advancement, Course Approval Request Form to seek district approval for the class.

Anytime-University of La Verne


Achieving Success for English Language Learners

Multicultural Classroom

Teaching the Latino Student

The Differentiated Classroom

Bridging the Culture and Poverty Gap in Education

Becoming a More Effective Teacher

Credits: 3 - Cost: $345.00

Make sure to fill out : Staff Hub, Business Office, Forms, Educational Lane Advancement, Course Approval Request Form to seek district approval for the class.


Items that are always in need: PE clothes for grades 7-12, 3 hole pencil pouches for binders, general school supplies, and personal hygiene products. Any of these items can be sent to any member of the L.I.E.P. team via Campus mail. Any items are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Language Instruction Education Program (L.I.E.P) Team