English Language Learner Roundtable

A Professional learning community for Educators Working with ELL Students

This year, the focus of the ELL Roundtable will be primarily on educational/instructional excellence, using the Standards and Performance Indicators published by several organizations as exemplar guides, including TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), The National Board English as a New Language Standards, and the NYS Teaching Standards informed by the work of Charlotte Danielson.


Topics will include but will not be limited to:

  • Language as a system.

  • Language acquisition and development.

  • Culture and its impact on student learning.

  • Planning, implementing and managing instruction.

  • Assessment for the ELLs.

  • Professional development, partnerships and advocacy.

Beyond this, the goal of this year’s roundtable sessions is to delve deeply into the standards to better understand how the principles and precepts of the TESOL, WIDA, and NYSED Standards drive and define ESL programming in our schools. Participants will explore how to plan and prepare for instruction, how to best deliver quality lessons, how to create a culturally competent environments for learning, and how to best ensure that ELLs are supported by instructors, families and communities to achieve school success at all levels. 

To this end, administrators will learn how to evaluate ESL/ENL professional practices and teachers will learn how to best support second language learners in both language and literacy on the continuum to assess their growth toward mastery at the highest level of competence.

Session Dates:

November 20, 2018

December 18, 2018

January 15, 2019

February 12, 2019

March 19, 2019



3:30-5:30 p.m.




UAlbany Health Sciences Campus, Room A407

CTLE Credit:

10 hours


Dr. Linda Rudnick, CASDA Faculty

Linda Rudnick retired as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education from the City School District of Albany in 2013, having served in several teaching and administrative positions (English Language Arts Supervisor, Director of Instruction) in her 30 year career as a professional educator. Primary work responsibilities included principal evaluation, leadership and mentorship, school and district reviews using the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE), chairing the district’s Curriculum Committee and Professional Development Committee, oversight and responsibility for the district’s Title I program, and leading and coordinating program and curricular reviews of the core instructional programs, including literacy and mathematics, as well as Prekindergarten and English as a New Language (ENL). Dr. Rudnick’s passion for ELL education was reflected in her dissertation, which was a quantitative study of principal leadership attributes - beliefs and practices that impacted academic success for English Language Learners on state accountability measures.

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