Scaffolding Content for English Learners and All Learners Using 2 Graphic Organizers (HYBRID Course)

This course fulfills the 15 PDP requirement for SEI/RETELL.

Hybrid, Synchronous Course: Zoom or In Person (397 E. Central St. Franklin MA)

Session 1: Tuesday, April 11, 2023    Time: 4:30-7:30

Session 2: Thursday, April 13, 2023   Time: 4:30-7:30

Final Project Due: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Instructor: Alicia Serafin

Alicia Serafin currently teaches English as a Second Language in the Wilmington Public Elementary Schools in Massachusetts and is certified as an Elementary Classroom Teacher as well as an ESL Supervisor/Director. She previously taught Sheltered English Immersion in Everett Public Schools and English as a Second Language in Melrose and Salem Public Schools. She is also a DESE-approved Professional Development Provider who focuses on 15 PDPs in ESL courses. Alicia graduated from Cornell University with a BA in French and received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and Masters of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Salem State University.

Course Description:

How will students analyze complex texts across content areas while we meet their broad range of needs in all educator roles in our K-12 teaching environments? Research demonstrates that students greatly benefit from consistent use of graphic organizers. Participants will work with two research-based, visual comprehension strategy tools, top-down webs and two-column notes, to support all our students to comprehend higher-level concepts and to assist ELs to work at a higher level while still building their academic vocabulary. Course topics to be covered include top-down web and two-column notes skills and application, Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) strategies, and review of lesson examples aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Participants will share best practices, plan, and design scaffolded lessons applying top-down web or two-column notes graphic organizers (or prerequisite skills) that they can implement with their students right away.

Hybrid Course Format:  

1) Zoom or In Person (397 E. Central St. Franklin MA) Zoom meetings on April 11 and 13 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. During these synchronous sessions, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and integrate course applications into their final assignments while receiving instructor feedback.

2) During the 9 hour self-paced component, participants will develop a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Lesson Plan to synthesize synchronous learning, incorporating course applications and takeaways from online reading. Completion of asynchronous SIOP Lesson Plan final assignment by April 26. 

This 15 hour course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs related to English as a Second Language when they recertify every 5 years. The instructor is a DESE-approved PD provider.  

Optional $75 for course credit through Worcester State University 

IMPORTANT CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. A full refund, less the $25 cancellation fee, will be provided if the cancellation is made prior to the start of the second class. After the second class, no refund will be processed.

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