ESL Summer Academy offers chance to collaborate

Maine’s ESL Summer Academy 2012 will offer both experienced and new educators of English Learners (ELs) the chance to engage collaboratively in research-based practices and share their ideas for more effective academic language support of English Learners.

ESL Summer Academy 2012 takes place June 26-28 at Wells Conference Center on the University of Maine’s campus in Orono. The academy, called “Building Bridges to English Language Proficiency,” is sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and Project Opportunity at the University of Maine.

The academy will:

  • Provide an update on and review of the landscape of information and issues involved in offering sustained and targeted academic language support for PreK-12 ELs (i.e. what we know to date);
  • Examine and construct pathways to communicate and collaborate with colleagues to elicit support and advocacy for ELs; and
  • Problem-solve ways to deliver differentiated support related to the outstanding challenges confronting ELs: differentiated content language targets; writing; data applications; and communication procedures within school-related contexts.

The three-day academy costs $250, which includes on-campus lodging, all meals, all course materials (including the 2012 WIDA ELD Standards book), and on-campus parking. 2.4 CEUs are available through the University of Maine.

Visit the Maine Department of Education’s ESL Academy web page for more information and to register.

Contact  Gail Benvenuta with questions at or 207-624-6716.

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