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California League of Schools Summer Institute

Proven K-12 Practices for English Learners Featuring Dr. Kate Kinsella

By Dr. Kate Kinsella

This summer I have the pleasure of partnering with the California League of Schools to offer a two-day professional learning opportunity for educators of K-12 English learners. On July 27-28 we will convene at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California. The focus of this highly orchestrated institute will be “proven practices” to advance language proficiency and literacy skills for academic achievement across grade levels and subject areas. Instead of a revolving door of strategies with little track record of efficacy, our most vulnerable students deserve a consistent toolkit of familiar and highly impactful instructional practices across the school day.

I will be working in tandem with my dynamic team of associates and a number of district instructional leaders to provide evidence-based principles, practices, lesson designs and tools. We will draw from recent and current research initiatives to frame our recommendations and prioritize the research-informed instructional routines we introduce, demonstrate and explicate. Some key areas of focus will be instructional routines to strengthen academic interaction, text-based analysis and discussion, vocabulary frontloading and constructed written responses. I will lead the first day with a three-hour general session to establish our institute framework and reconvene the group for a closing session addressing academic writing instructional imperatives for English learners. I am particularly excited to be leading a technical ELD lesson observation and coaching strand on Sunday, drawing on the extensive collective experiences of my team improving ELD lesson design and delivery.

To make the institute experience as relevant and engaging as possible for district teams, we have divided sessions into focused pathways for administrators, coaches, elementary, secondary and content area educators. Attendees with diverse district roles and interests may stick to a particular pathway or select sessions from varied pathways. Colleagues will have opportunities to interact with Dr. Kinsella and associates during sessions, breaks and social hours. We will actually be raffling a “Speed Date with Dr. Kate” and her associates for interested district teams to tap into their collective wisdom and experience about pressing English learner issues and concerns. I so look forward to seeing fellow English learner educators and advocates from across the state at this back-to-school event, with guaranteed hours of memorable learning, interaction and affirmation. Those who plan to arrive Friday afternoon may join us for an institute kick-off social hour where I will offer a formal welcome and program overview over hors d’oeuvres and an adult beverage! I look forward to seeing you in Palm Desert. Until then, enjoy your well-deserved summer respite for rest, reflection, and renewal.

Dates: July 27-28, 2019

Location: Palm Desert, CA

All conference activities are held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. Call (760) 341-2211 or visit to reserve hotel rooms. Please ask for the California League of Schools (CLS) special rate: $140, plus taxes and fees.Housing Deadline: June 24, 2019The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa is located just minutes from Palm Springs, Old Town La Quinta, The Shops on El Paseo, and Joshua Tree National Park. The Marriott features a flamingo island, a serene spa, pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and waterways with gondolas. Palm Springs International Airport and Ontario International Airport are close by.

Conference Rates: Early-bird Rates (through June 21, 2019) $439 Members / $499 Non-members Regular Rates (after June 21, 2019) $499 Members / $599 Non-members

To register, visit (credit cards, checks, and purchase orders are accepted online)

Suggested Funding Sources Apply LCAP Supplemental & Concentration, Title I, Title II, and Title III funds to help fulfill your LCAP Stakeholder Engagement goals and specific actions.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at [email protected] or (800) 326-1880.Meals are not included. Conference content and schedule are subject to change. Visit for our cancellation policy.

Hotel rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room rates are available July 24, 2019 through July 28, 2019.

In California, one in five students is an English learner, and districts struggle to support them. Low reading, writing, speaking and listening scores are often the norm, and when the revolving door of strategies fails to produce any results, achievement stalls and initiative fatigue sets in.We understand. And we know how to help.Join us for a rich, two-day learning opportunity to equip your team with proven practices and practical tools you can use to reclassify your K-12 English learners. Make this the year you get them on track for college and career excellence!

Plan for ELPAC Success

Come to the CLS Summer Institute and learn the process CLS and Dr. Kinsella, and her Associates used to achieve an 83% English learner reclassification rate across 6 middle schools in just three years as part of a prestigious U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.

We recommend bringing a team that includes district leaders, site leaders, and teachers. Useful roles include superintendents, assistant superintendents of curriculum & instruction, directors of English learners, all instructional coaches, principals, grades K-5 teachers, and grades 6-12 ELD and ELA teachers. Team planning time will be provided so you can immediately apply your learning to your students’ specific language needs for 2019-20.

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