Winter / Spring 2016
I Learn America, Film Screening and Workshop
Eighty-seven participants from the Lawrence Public Schools, UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College and the Merrimack Valley community attended the film screening of I Learn America, which featured the experiences of five newly arrived immigrants that took place on February 16th from 5-8pm at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, MA.
Film directors held an interactive workshop the following day (2/17) to help both teachers and prospective teachers understand how to create a welcoming learning environment as well as meeting the needs of immigrant learners in their classrooms. All attendees received certificates of attendance for each event.
SEI Professional Development Workshops Fall 2015 / Spring 2016
Four SEI Professional Development (PD) workshop series (each awarding 15 PDPs towards re-licensure) were offered during the 2015-16 school year. These PD offering extended the skills and knowledge that teachers gained in the RETELL SEI course. The PD was developed by Lawrence Public School faculty who had completed ESL certificates in collaboration with the LPS ESL Director and Facilitator and with faculty from UMass Lowell. Each PD offering was vetted by experts in the field. The workshops addressed science and math in the SEI classroom.
“Teaching Science to English Language Learners within and Inclusion Model”
Fall 2015 at the Frost Middle School, Lawrence, MA
Linda Gormley-Bonanno and Nicole Finneran, seventh grade science and special education teachers who work closely in an inclusion classroom, designed and facilitated the professional development workshop series. Ten teachers completed sessions that provided them with the skills and strategies to more effectively teach vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and listening within the science content area. The course exposed the teachers to current research with a focus on English Language Learners (ELLs) and science. The instructors broke down strategies, provided samples, and guided participants in implementing the strategies in order to best fit the needs of the individual learners in their classroom. Each completer was awarded a certificate for 15 PDP’s from UMass Lowell.
“Teaching English Language Learners in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom”
Spring 2016 at the Oliver Partnership School, Lawrence, MA
Christine Hill and Kristin Ando designed and facilitated this professional development workshop series. Fifty teachers completed sessions that examined the elementary math environment and class norms to encourage language development within the mathematics class. The concept of academic vocabulary as it relates to language development in the elementary math class was explored. Participants practiced strategies for developing academic conversations in mathematics classrooms. Each completer was awarded a certificate for 15 PDP’s from UMass Lowell.
ParaTELL 3.0“Collaborating to Improve Instruction for English Learners”
Spring 2016 at the Frost Elementary/Middle School in Lawrence, MA
Linda Gormley- Bonnano and Nicole Finneran facilitated a workshop series that paired SEI teachers with paraprofessionals. The groups collaboratively planned classroom instruction for ELs, including lesson objectives and the academic supports necessary to help them meet these objectives. Ten teachers and eight paraprofessionals received a certificate for 15 PDPs from UMass Lowell upon completion of this workshop.
ESL Certificate Completers Spring 2016
A total of 19 in-service and pre-service teachers have completed the University of Massachusetts Lowell 12-credit ESL certificate program. These teachers completed their practicums and have received graduate certificates from UML’s Graduate School of Education.