Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) (EL-109)

Identification, Programming and Scaffolding in ESL and Content-Area Classrooms


This 15 PDP course focusing on Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)  provides a hands-on learning experience to unlock your students' potential.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Massachusetts state identification and programming guidelines for SLIFE
  • A framework and guiding principles for working with SLIFE in your classroom
  • Examination of SLIFE classroom practices using an instructional checklist
  • Implementation of effective teaching strategies that enable SLIFE to meet the demands of the Common Core standards
  • Designing  assessment activities for SLIFE and using data gathered to inform instruction
October 13 and November 3, 2018 (Somerville, MA) 
Saturdays, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Two 6-hour sessions face-to-face with a 1 hour lunch break) plus 3 hours online 

* Course fee includes the required text Breaking New Ground: Teaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education in U.S. Secondary Schools by Andrea DeCapua and Helaine W. Marshall.



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Any school educator or leader who works with or oversees a newcomer/SLIFE population of English learners at the secondary level.


Two six hour sessions plus a 3-hour on-line/assignment component. 


15 PDPs - Fulfills Requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education for recertification.


For questions contact: Ann Feldman [email protected]