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Learning Opportunities for Those Supporting ELL/ESL Students

Heartland AEA employs staff who are specifically tied to improving English language learner (ELL) and English as a second language (ESL) programming. These staff members help districts meet state and federal guidelines, provide professional development for educators, host regular advisory meetings and help advise on mini-grant opportunities to meet school and district needs.

Please see below for upcoming ELL/ESL learning opportunities. For more information about any of the events below or Heartland AEA ELL/ESL support, contact:

Janet Eichenberger Hiatt, ESL/Diversity Consultant
(800) 255-0405  ext. 14022

Stephaney Jones-Vo, ESL/Diversity Consultant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14680

Upcoming Events

Advocating for ELLs: Overview for School and District Administrators
Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Check-in from 8-8:30 a.m.)
Location: Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston, Iowa, Pioneer Room
Activity Number: ES008799991501
This workshop is focused specifically on the needs of administrators with opportunities to network with other district leaders.

Advocating for ELLs: Overview for Teachers and Teacher Leaders
Dates: April 23-24, 2015
Time: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Check-in from 8-8:30 a.m.)
Location: Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston, Iowa, Northwoods Conference Room
Activity Number: ES008899991501
Build background for Iowa’s changing ELL demographics, federal and state requirements for serving ELLs and the importance of shared responsibility. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of second language acquisition, how culture affects learning, the role of academic language and how to support ELLs within the Common Core State Standard Framework.

ESL Advisory Meeting
Date: May 6, 2015
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Heartland AEA Johnston REC
All Heartland AEA area districts are invited to send a representative(s). Participants identify professional development needs and provide input on Title III support for the school year.

Lau Plan Writing Workshop
Date: May 11, 2015
Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Heartland AEA Johnston REC, Room 107 A & B
Activity Number: ES009092111501
Districts must submit a Lau Plan this with their district’s C-Plans this fall 2015. This workshop will help participants create successful district Lau Plans.

Our Kids Summer Institute
Dates: June 16-17, 2015
Location: Waukee High School
The institute provides participants with the opportunity to network with other educational professionals and to discover new strategies for working with English Language Learners throughout Iowa. More details coming soon!

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