ESL Focus Groups

Enjoy coffee and conversation with your ESL colleagues

Coffee, tea, and light breakfast items will be served

What are focus groups?

Join us at Oakland Schools for a morning of coffee and conversation with your ESL colleagues. You will have the opportunity to network before the formal sessions and at the break. Each of the four structured focus groups will have a facilitator to lead a group discussion on a specified topic. The facilitator will propose several questions related to the topic. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion. We will also have dedicated spaces for "unconference" sessions. So, bring your ideas and participate in an unconference group. For more information on an unconference session click here.

When?

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 & Saturday, March 4th, 2017


  • 8:30 - 9 a.m. Coffee, light breakfast, registration
  • 9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Opening remarks
  • 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1
  • 10:30 -10:45 a.m. BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon Session 2

Are you seeking evidence to demonstrate that you are highly effective?

Certificates of attendance will be awarded

What are the topics?

December 10th, 2016:


  • Formative Assessment of ELs (K-12)
  • Elementary school focus (K-5)
  • Technology for ELs (K-12)
  • Developing ESL Professional Learning for use in your district (K-12)
  • Unconference (K-12)


March 4th, 2017:


  • Formative Assessment of ELs (K-12)
  • Elementary school focus (K-5)
  • Refugee/newcomer student issues (K-12)
  • Standards-based writing (K-12)
  • Unconference (K-12)

Do you need hours toward 'on your own PD' district requirements?

Certificates of attendance will be awarded