AU hosts workshop on best practices for ELL students for area teachers

Teacher SummitIn June, the Aurora University College of Education hosted its first Aiming High: Best Practices for ELL Students teacher summit.

The summit was one of the professional development activities for teachers under PROJECT JUNTOS, a federal grant awarded to AU since September 2011. The focus of the grant is to improve the linguistic and academic development of English Language Learners (ELLs) through professional development activities for teachers.

More than 80 local educators attended the summit, participating in a variety of workshops on best practices for ELL students. A dynamic keynote speaker and nationally recognized expert in education, Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, opened the summit activities inspiring educators to become heroes in the education of their students. Breakout sessions followed, presented by school administrators, teachers and AU professors who are experts in the field of bilingual education and English language proficiency development. Educators participated in hands-on activities, demonstrations and discussions to explore best practices and received Continuing Professional Development Units towards certification renewals for their involvement.

“This was a summit for teachers, designed by teachers, to provide a unique professional development opportunity,” said Dr. Dionnes Rivera, Associate Professor of Education and Grant Director for AU.

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