Wondering how to meet the Colorado English Learner PD Standards?

English Learner Portal is honored to serve as a Colorado Department of Education approved training program, with a customizable professional development workshop series of up to 45 hours. Each workshop aligns with the newly revised Colorado English Learner PD Standards. Follow up coaching services are also available to ensure that teachers are comfortable meeting the needs of CLD students across Colorado.

Summer online courses begin June 22nd!

Face-to-Face course in Ft. Collins open for enrollment. This course will move online if we are unable to meet in person.

Now Scheduling 2020 Workshops at Your Location!

The cost of each workshop includes:

  • capacity for up to 50 participants
  • workshop facilitators who are familiar with the Colorado Academic Standards and the new English Language Learner Educator Standards
  • collection and review of homework/follow up assignments
  • certificates for successful completion (delivered to the host)
  • handouts
  • prizes/giveaways

The Full 45 Hour Breakdown

Each of the four workshop days usually begin at 8:00am and end at 4:00pm, with a one hour lunch. Participants will have homework/follow up assignments or coaching to complete in order to fulfill the professional development hour requirement. If you do not have the need or capacity to schedule the full 45 hour package, fully customized smaller programs are available as well.

Creating Systems of Support for Multilingual Learners

Possible Course Outcomes
Depending upon the customized plan chosen, participants will have:

  • identified the diversity within the English learner population
  • participated in instructional best practices that model differentiation for language
  • explored the language acquisition 
  • developed an understanding the English language development framework
  • become familiar with socio-cultural context and how it impacts expectations
  • earn up to 25 professional learning hours


Enhancing Academic Achievement of Multilingual Learners

Possible Course Outcomes
Depending upon the customized plan chosen, participants will have:

  • Created language and culture rich learning communities inclusive of linguistically and culturally diverse learners  

  • Identified students’ strengths and language development needs for different classroom tasks and assignments

  • Identified the academic language demands of texts and coursework

  • Planned lessons with a language lens to ensure that all students can achieve high expectations

  • Accommodated classroom assignments and assessments with appropriate supports for linguistically and culturally diverse students

  • Developed scaffolds and supports in each language domain (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for students at different levels of language acquisition

  • Planned differentiated instruction for students at different language acquisition levels and cultural backgrounds

  • earn up to 25 professional learning hours


Follow up coaching services are available.  All professional development programs are fully customizable.

Meet the Language Development Experts

Our dedicated Colorado team of facilitators are experienced teachers with proven methods of empowering teachers to connect with their English learners and develop stronger practices for promoting English language development, confidence, and academic success.

Kelly Reider

As the founder of English Learner Portal, Kelly has 26 years of teaching and administration experience in public schools. Her primary focus is on providing the resources and education teachers need to engage their English learners with confidence and support.  Kelly is also a WIDA Licensed Facilitator.

Beth Skelton

With 30 years as a language educator,
Beth provides professional development focused on providing equitable education for multilingual learners. She is an active board member of CoTESOL and CO resident.

Mia Ariela Allen

With 20 years of teaching experience, Mia is also a WIDA Licensed Facilitator.  Mia's focus is on  improving programmatic structures and creating equitable learning opportunities for English Language Learners. She is a CO resident.

Check out our other online course options as well!

English Learner Portal's online courses are also aligned to the Colorado EL PD Standards. On your schedule, anytime, anywhere.

What's the training worth to your teachers?

When your teachers attend an English Learner Portal workshop, you can feel confident knowing their time will be rewarded with great value. In addition to the helpful content, the teachers can also fulfill their state 45-hour professional development requirement (https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/elpdpathways). 

Additionally, workshop attendees are eligible to receive up to four graduate credits for their effort. We have partnered with Brandman University to make this possible.  

Email Kelly to reserve your training dates

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