Region 13 Bilingual/ESL Workshops

Fall 2015

Workshops & Conferences

Please join our team of specialists for these interactive learning opportunities to meet the needs of your ELLs! Workshops are available for a variety of target audiences, including Bilingual, ESL, and Content-Area teachers, as well as specialists, instructional coaches, and district administrators.


All workshops take place at:

Region 13 ESC, 5701 Springdale Rd. Austin, TX 78723


For detailed workshop descriptions and to register, log-in to Region 13's e-campus system (click on link below). Workshops lacking at least 10 participants, 7 business days prior to the workshop date, may be subject to cancellation.

Differentiating Instruction for English Language Learners


Date: September 28, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532311

Presenter: Ivonne Santiago


This workshop will provide participants with resources and research-based strategies to differentiate instruction for ELLs. Through modeling and discussions, this session will also serve as an overview of the RtI process in the context of a Sheltered Instruction classroom. Other topics include universal screening, progress monitoring, documentation of interventions, as well as domain-based Tier One interventions.

ESL Academy

Date: October 7-9, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $285

CPE: 18 hours

Workshop ID: FA1531809


This three-day workshop provides a foundation on language acquisition and explores best practices in ESL instruction while preparing participants for the TExES Exam #154: English as a Second Language Supplemental.

Sheltered Instruction Boot Camp

Date: October 12, 2015

Workshop ID: FA1532997

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Presenter: Ivonne Santiago


This one day sheltered instruction boot camp will delve into the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in order to help teachers plan their instruction for English language learners. Come learn how to make your classroom a language rich environment that ensures students are acquiring English while learning your content. We will focus on strategies to increase students reading proficiency and writing skills across all content areas.

Long Term ELL Training

Date: October 14, 2015

Time: 9am-12pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 3 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532302

Presenter: Anna Briggs


Long Term English Language Learners (LTELLs) represent a growing number of struggling language learners in Texas. These students show significant gaps in their schooling, and have unique literacy and linguistic needs that are different from recent arrival ELLs. LTELLs’ number of years in US schools can also pose a challenge with regard to the latest accountability measures. If your school district has seen an increase in your LTELL population, this workshop will provide participants with the background knowledge and tools for reaching the needs of these learners.

ELL Writing to Learn in the Content Areas

Date: October 21, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532043

Presenters: Anna Briggs and Janet Hester


The literacy gap in our ELL student population harms student motivation, ability to learn in all content areas, grade promotion, and career and college readiness. Our charge is simple: we must do more in all contents to address the ELL literacy gap in our developing writers and readers.

This course supports understanding of the literacy gap and content teachers’ role in addressing student literacy. Content teachers and leaders will learn how to enrich their content instruction using easy-to-implement writing-to-learn strategies. The strategies in this workshop will engage student interest by activating background knowledge, assisting students’ processing of new information, and providing opportunities for reflecting on learning.

Learn how to simultaneously support our students’ literacy and content success!

Guided Instruction for the Bilingual Classroom

Date: October 21, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532315

Presenter: Seth Herrington


Guided instruction is generally accepted as the most effective way to facilitate student growth, but implementing it successfully can be challenging--especially in the bilingual classroom setting. Participants at this workshop will gain familiarity with the basics of guided instruction, and will leave with a clear understanding of how to make guided instruction run smoothly in their bilingual classroom. The workshop will include practical tips to maximize student growth while providing a platform for future collaboration between bilingual professionals.

A Practical Guide to ELPS and PLDS


Date: October 29, 2015

Time: 9am-12pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 3 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532383

Presenter: Seth Herrington


This course is for anyone looking to better serve the English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classroom. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use tools like the ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) and PLDs (Proficiency Level Descriptors) in practical ways. Ultimately, participants will leave with an ability to use these tools to maximize the learning potential of the ELLs they serve.

ELL Institute 2015

Date: November 3, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $135

CPE: 6 hours

Workshop ID: FA1531502


The 2015 ELL Institute will offer educators and administrators alike the chance to expand their knowledge and understanding of working with all levels of second language learners. Sessions will address the varying needs for ELLs across the spectrums of ability and proficiency, from those struggling to those excelling.


This year, our keynote speaker is Maria Moreno, principal from Las Americas Newcomer School in Houston, TX. As a dynamic leader in a school serving ELLs from all over the world, Ms. Moreno will speak to the critical social, linguistic, and economic factors to consider when working will ELLs. Please register early!

Helping Administrators Connect with English Language Learners

Date: November 12, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Workshop ID: FA1532177

Presenter: Trish Flores


This training for instructional leaders is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of programs serving English language learners. Participants will gain more knowledge of what to look and listen for when observing instruction in Bilingual/ESL classrooms. Administrators will be also be able to preview and purchase the new ELPS Observation Guide. This guide provides administrators with a wealth of resources to use when conducting observations, debriefing with teachers, and planning for the next steps.

Literacy for ELLs in the Secondary Content-Area Classroom

Date: November 19, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Audience: Middle & High School Content-Area Teachers, ESL Teachers & Specialists

Workshop ID: FA1532295

Cost: $85

CPE: 6 hours

Presenter: Anna Briggs and Janet Hester


Discover how to use talking, reading, and writing as the foundation for improving your English language learners' literacy skills in the secondary content-area classroom. These strategies are great for all students, but especially for our ELLs!