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Join us for Empowering Multilingual Learners, an exciting webinar series co-sponsored by CAL and Vista


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Series Schedule:

Cómo fomentar el desarrollo de la lengua y la lectoescritura en la clase de español
Thursday, October 13 | 4:00pm EST
Igone Arteagoitia

Watch the recording | Download the handouts: (Part 1 & Part 2) | Read the blog


Translanguaging: Defining and Describing Its Use with Second Language Learners
Thursday, November 3 | 4:00pm EST
Marybelle Marrero-Colon

Watch the recording | Download the handouts: (Part 1 & Part 2) | Read the blog



Digital Language and Literacy Choice Boards
Thursday, December 15 | 4:00pm EST
Maria Cieslak

Discover the power of interactive digital language and literacy choice boards. This webinar will focus on how to use instructional design principles to create digital choice boards that are aligned to your language and literacy goals as well as differentiate learning. Walk away with instructional design tips, templates, and lesson ideas to meet the needs of every multilingual learner in your classroom.

In this webinar, you will:
• Gain insights into ways to employ digital choice boards while incorporating Interpretative (Listening, Reading, Viewing) and Expressive (Speaking, Writing, Representing) modes of communication.
• Align digital choice board activities to multilingual learners’ language and literacy goals
• Explore examples and templates such as a simple list of activities, Tic-Tac-Toe, Restaurant Style Menu, Learning Style Choice Boards, and Language Domain Choice Boards.


NOTEBy submitting the form, you will be registered for all three webinars in the series. If you are unable to attend a sessions, you can access the recordings on Vista’s professional development webinar archive page.

Learn about the presenters

Igone Arteagoitia

Marybelle Marrero-Colon

Maria Cieslak
About Igone Arteagoitia:

Dr. Igone Arteagoitia, a Linguist and Dual Language Bilingual Education Specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, delivers workshops, trainings, and a range of support services for teachers and administrators working with emerging multilingual learners in a range of educational program settings throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to her work with teachers and school administrators, Igone conducts research related to the development of bilingualism and biliteracy skills in Spanish-English bilingual children and the relationship between language and literacy development in Spanish and English. A native Spanish speaker from Spain, Igone is also fluent in Basque and English.



About Marybelle Marrero-Colon:

In her 36 years as an educator, inclusion specialist, program coordinator, administrator, and professional developer, Marybelle has acquired experience within the fields of ESOL, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Special Education, Special Education, content area instruction and evaluation, and Professional Development. She has adjunct at various colleges and universities in teacher programs. Marybelle is presently the Associate Director of Professional Development for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). For CAL she has provided coaching, workshops, and presentations for schools, districts, national conferences, and various education based organizations in topics involving Bilingual Students, English Learners, and Second Language Acquisition. Marybelle has a B.A. in Psychology & Spanish Language & Literature, an M.A. in Bilingual Special Education, and an M.S. in Administration & Supervision with a specialty in professional development.



About Maria Cieslak:

Maria Cieslak is the Professional Development Manager at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. facilitating workshops on the SIOP Model, Newcomers, Long-Term English Learners, MTSS, and academic language in STEM. Trilingual in Polish, English, and Spanish, Maria taught Kindergarten through 8th grade in Illinois and Nevada, as a bilingual/ ESL/ and general education teacher. In addition to her varied and extensive teaching and instructional coaching background, Maria is nationally board certified in English as a New Language Ages 3-12 with teaching endorsements in computer applications. With over 25 years of experience in education, Maria continues to advocate for multilingual learners’ access and success in STEM fields by building partnerships, leveraging policy and expanding innovation.