Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
8:00 am – 2:30 pm

May 8, 2023

$279.00 per person

Helping Your ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWCOMERS: Strategies That Work!

NEW Seminar Presented By
Damaris Perez-Mestre

Oustanding ELL Educator and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades K-12 ELL Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Instructional Aides, Title I Staff, Interventionists, and Administrators

  • What to do and what not to do when English language newcomers first arrive
  • Highly practical ELL strategies to enhance achievement for your students new to learning English
  • Help your newcomers overcome the silent period with less anxiety and more confidence
  • Receive an extensive digital resource handbook and ready-to-use free resources for supporting your brand-new English learners

Practical Strategies

Welcoming English language newcomers can be equally rewarding and challenging depending on the resources, tools, and strategies ready for you to use. Make the experience more rewarding and less challenging by spending the day with experienced, knowledgeable educator DAMARIS PEREZ-MESTRE. In this informative and interactive oneday seminar, Damaris will share her tried and true ready-to-use resources, formative assessment ideas, and researchbased instructional strategies and techniques to help you increase your ELL newcomers’ school success. You will leave with a range of practical and interactive ideas and instructional activities, which can be used immediately with your newly arrived, newcomer students. Learn exciting, practical, and engaging approaches to enhance your newcomers’ experience and guide them to increased growth and greater school success!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies to Support Your Newcomers’ English Language Development
    Learn the most effective and essential strategies and practices designed for helping your newcomers start to make language development progress from day one
  2. Best Instructional Techniques to Enhance Learning for Your ELL Newcomers
    Research-based teaching strategies and multisensory techniques for increasing your newcomers’ school success … Ready for you to use immediately
  3. Ease the Awkwardness of the ELL Silent Period Stage and Communicate Basic Needs
    Powerful strategies based on the best and most current research on how newcomers acquire language to get them through the silent period stage with greater ease
  4. Significantly Improve Your Newcomer’s Academic Conversation Skills
    Promote more learning with vocabulary practices to support newcomers’ content knowledge of meaningful new words that are foundational for learning … Discover the academic content they already know in their first language
  5. Improve Participation and Meaningful Engagement in Learning
    Provide your newcomer students with strategies they can use to engage in learning activities more easily … Give them the tools they need to be able to participate
  6. What to Do and Not Do to Better Support Your English Language Newcomers
    What to do and what not to do when welcoming your newcomers … A variety of approaches to provide newcomers the best support possible
  7. Address Your Newcomers’ Anxiety and Fear
    Fear shuts down the learning brain … Boost your newcomers’ overall success with practical resources and ideas to help newcomers deal with anxiety and fear of a new school environment
  8. Technology as an Effective Learning Tool for Your Newcomers
    Easy to use digital resources and tools that can provide your newcomers with immediate and meaningful learning opportunities
  9. Multi-Sensory Techniques for Improving Academic Vocabulary
    Discover ways to accelerate newcomers’ academic growth in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies with research-based multisensory instructional techniques
  10. Receive an Extensive ELL Newcomer Digital Resource Handbook
    You’ll leave with a digital resource handbook filled with activities, ideas, and resources you can use immediately to better support your ELL newcomers

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Multisensory techniques to increase your newcomers’ school success
  • Current research on how newcomers best acquire English
  • How to get newcomers through the silent period stage with greater ease
  • Vocabulary practices to support your newcomers’ content knowledge
  • How to learn the academic content your students may already know in their first language
  • How to help newcomers develop more autonomy and agency as learners in their new environment
  • Help newcomers and their families better transition to school environment
  • Language acquisition strategies that work best with students new to English
  • Tips on preparing English-speaking peers and classroom environments
  • Low or no cost digital resources to support your newcomers
  • Multiple strategies to strengthen academic discourse for English learners
  • How to promote active and productive participation for your newcomers
  • Ways to support rich content discussion for newcomers and English-speaking peers
  • Interactive, motivating activities that build stronger language and content skills
  • Proven teaching strategies to reduce newcomers’ anxiety and fear of school
  • Keys to more successful communication, connection, and collaboration with newly arrived families
  • Helpful language skills for success with ELL students who have just arrived
  • Explore appropriate modifications for different stages of language development
  • Explicit and multisensory teaching techniques that work for ELL newcomers

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

An ELL newcomer can arrive at any moment with little to no warning, sometimes with no known background or school history. We are very aware of the challenges this scenario can present for us as educators. Once an English language newcomer myself, I also know firsthand the challenges faced by the newcomer student as well. As an educator with over two decades of experience in classrooms as a teacher, ELD specialist, ELL instructional coach, and as and ELL national presenter, and educational researcher, I bring an indepth understanding and a whole lot of compassion for the challenges and opportunities faced by newcomer students and their educators alike.

Years of experience working with ELL and newcomer students have inspired me to create this seminar to help my fellow educators turn those challenges into opportunities for success and celebration. I will share dozens of practical strategies that will help you maximize your ELL newcomers’ language development, improve their self-confidence, and minimize the barriers and challenges experienced by students and teachers from the minute newcomers are welcomed into the classroom. I look forward to sharing all that I have learned to help newcomers during their difficult transition to a new language, culture, and environment and to help you, their teachers, better navigate the terrain of welcoming a newcomer into your classroom and giving them the best education possible. I will offer you dozens of ready to use activities, tools, tips, and advice I learned from my experience over the years. I’ll leave you with resources you can use immediately with your newcomer students.

I am excited to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with you in an informative and engaging one-day seminar! I will bring a wide range of resources that you can quickly use and share with your colleagues. It’s my goal to leave you ready to turn the challenges of teaching ELL newcomers into your own stories of success and rewarding experiences. See you there!

Damaris Perez-Mestre

P.S. I guarantee you will leave my seminar with many outstanding strategies you can use help your Newcomer English Learners!

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12 ELL Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Instructional Aides, Title I Staff, Interventionists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Visible Learning Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical screeners and assessments you can successfully use with your newcomers
    • Digital tools and resources ideal for students just beginning to learn English
    • Tips and strategies to enhance your effectiveness with newcomers and their families
    • Research-based teaching techniques to reinforce and strengthen newcomers’ language proficiency
    • Tools to increase participation and interaction in teaching ELL students and much, much more!
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their ELL program.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Tools to increase participation and interaction in teaching ELL students and much, much more!
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.