Diane August and Gabriela Uro to Present Free Webinar on Improving Literacy for English Learners

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On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Imagine Learning will sponsor a free webinar featuring Diane August and Gabriela Uro, experts on improving literacy for English learners. The webinar will provide educators with research on best practices for implementing effective literacy curricula for English learners.

Diane August and Gabriela Uro will present new insights on implementing effective literacy curricula for English learners.

Many school districts are trying to create more consistent literacy curricula for English learners. These efforts have become particularly critical as districts consider how to implement common core standards.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, educational software company Imagine Learning will sponsor “Improving Literacy for English-Language Learners,” a webinar hosted by edweek.org. The webinar is free to all registered attendees and will feature industry experts Diane August and Gabriela Uro, who will present valuable insights on implementing effective literacy curricula for English learners.

Drawing from their experiences with organizations like the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Council of the Great City Schools, August and Uro will discuss the most effective approaches to improving literacy among English learners. They’ll also provide practical models that schools have implemented to meet English learners’ needs. Mary Ann Zehr, nationally renowned education blogger and assistant editor for Education Week, will moderate the discussion.

Many school districts are trying to create more consistent literacy curricula for English learners. These efforts have become particularly critical as districts consider how to implement common core standards. In this webinar, attendees will learn strategies for creating a district-wide literacy curriculum for English learners. They will also receive recommendations on improving professional development to help educators reach this growing student population.

Registration for the webinar is now open at the edweek.org events page.

About the Presenters
Diane August, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist affiliated with the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. She frequently presents at conferences on using research-based practices to increase literacy among English learners. She is the principal investigator for a large federally funded study exploring the development of literacy in English learners.

Gabriela Uro is the manager of English learner policy and research for the Council of the Great City Schools in Washington, D.C. She organizes teams to conduct comprehensive audits of English learner services in large urban school districts. She is also a liaison for the council’s task force on English learners and bilingual education.

About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning is the company behind Imagine Learning English, an innovative language and literacy software program designed to meet the needs of four key student populations: English learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities and early childhood education students. With first-language support and continual assessment, Imagine Learning English gives students one-on-one instruction and scaffolded support while keeping teachers abreast of student progress through real-time reports.

Visit http://www.imaginelearning.com to find out how Imagine Learning English gives students, parents and teachers essential tools for language and literacy development.

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