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    Ongoing staff professional development to facilitate online and face-to-face staff training with web 2.0 tools and their implementation in the classroom.

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    This is the second course of four in a cohort offered by WCSD and Sierra Nevada College for certified teachers in WCSD that have been accepted into the cohort to complete coursework to become TESOL Certified in the state of Nevada.  This course covers the assessments used when qualifying and monitoring ELLs in compliance with federal and state regulations.  The course also examines formative and summative assessments used with ELLs and what types of language data can be derived form those assessments and how it can be used to drive language and content instruction.  This is an 8 week course that meets weekly face to face but also contains online elements for completion.

    This course is the first in a series of four classes that the WCSD ELL Cohort will take in conjunction with Sierra Nevada College.  This course covers content that includes how students acquire a second language and the role that educators play in that process.  There are 24 face to face hours and 21 hours of work that are completed in an online format.

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    Curriculum is the content, activities, and materials employed in the attainment of educational outcomes.  We will explore how curriculum for ELLs is developed and how it looks from different perspectives. Participants in this course will review, analyze and select quality content appropriate for English Learners within and to supplement a proscribed curriculum.  We will also investigate critical components of curricula that facilitate the acquisition of academic English, and design thematic content curricula across subject areas and/or the four language domains to address a range of English proficiency levels. 

    This course is a culmination of all learning in the previous three TESL cohort courses.  You are expected to draw upon and refer to (and cite) this learning throughout the Curriculum & Instruction course activities, with particular attention to the application of language acquisition and assessment theory, as well as methods and strategies for instruction and assessment of ELLs.

    This course focuses in the 6 instructional shifts in ELA instruction that will occur with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Participants will engage in reading, watching videos and discussion around these 6 Shifts and will share different ways they are using the 6 Shifts in their classroom.

    This course is open to all WCSD Education Technology Specialists (ETS) in their first two years of employment as well as any more experienced ETS who wish to refresh their knowledge. This course will count toward ETS Academy Certification. Topics covered include professionalism, i-SAFE curriculum, Windows environment, Microsoft K-6 curriculum, SkillPort training, student management in the computer lab, 21st Century Learning dimensions, Web 2.0, and MAP tests.

    This course is designed to provide intermediate level instruction in conversational Spanish for WCSD employees. As our demographics continue to change, instruction for effective communication and language acquisition is necessary to strengthen family/ school partnerships. This course is designed for individuals who are interested in improving their ability to converse with Spanish-speaking parents/families, students, and colleagues in the workplace. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover present tense verb conjugations, extended school-related vocabulary, and customer service vocabulary.

    This course is designed to provide instruction in Conversational Spanish for individuals who have little or no Spanish-speaking skills and are interested in learning basic Spanish communication skills. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover the alphabet and vowels, greetings, numbers, calendar-related words, places and things at the school site, and key question words.

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