Become a Better Teacher: Training Opportunities for LETC Volunteers

Our students are eager to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills. Shouldn’t we be, too? Five professional development events are coming up in November and December and are highly recommended by LETC staff. See you there!

Saturday, November 13, 2010 (register by November 8)
WATESOL Fall Convention

Join your colleagues for a day filled with useful and fun activities that you can bring back to your classes. WATESOL is the Washington-Area Teachers of English to the Speakers of Other Languages. Their annual get-together, held this year at the University of Maryland College Park, is the premier professional development event for ESL teachers in the DC area.

Act fast—the registration deadline is Monday, November 8. Register online here. LETC will reimburse up to $35 per teacher toward the registration fee. Keep your registration receipts and hand them in to Steven White or Lee Griffith for reimbursement.

The following four workshops are all free. Enrollment is limited, so register online to reserve your place.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Foundations of Reading III: Vocabulary and Questioning

This three-hour workshop examines strategies for helping students develop reading skills. It’s the third workshop in a three-part series. Several LETC instructors attended the first two workshops and found them to be very interesting and directly applicable to their classes. The workshop is facilitated by Marcia Harrington of the Adult Literacy Resource Center and DC Learns. 9:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Room 302. Register online here.

Monday, November 15, and Monday, December 6, 2010
Using Technology in the Classroom: Teaching for Success

This workshop will identify challenges and benefits of using technology in the classroom; practice using technology (including multimedia instructional products, educational software, online resources, and social media); and share promising practices among teachers for using technology in the classroom. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 500.

This event repeats on two separate dates. Register for the date you plan to attend.
November 15: register online here.
December 6: register online here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Research-Based Strategies for Adult Reading Instruction

Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy, this training addresses problems that adult readers may have with alphabet skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, and suggests instruction strategies. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., The Vista-Crawford Hall, 635 Edgewood St. NE, 9th floor. Register online here

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Building Vocabulary and Comprehension for Adult Readers

Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy, this session focuses on vocabulary and comprehension strategies for intermediate and higher-level readers. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., The Vista-Crawford Hall, 635 Edgewood St. NE, 9th floor. Register online here.

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