New online PD initiative will offer learning courses,
webinars to educators teaching students to be bilingual

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2014) –Rourke Educational Media today announced a new joint venture with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) to develop online professional development learning courses and webinars for educators teaching students to be bilingual. The announcement was made on the eve of NABE 2014, the 43rd annual bilingual/multilingual education conference that begins Thursday (Feb. 13) at the San Diego Convention Center.

“The biggest challenge to success in the second language-learning classroom is teacher preparation,” said Stephen Marban, director of ELL instruction, Rourke Educational Media. “Demographic trends in the U.S. point to increased enrollment of English Language Learners in schools across the country, and many teachers are facing a new dynamic in their classroom that must be supported by convenient and effective professional development that directly addresses the challenges posed by these learners.”

“NABE and Rourke Educational Media are in a unique position to support these teachers and students with this new online professional development initiative,” Marban continued, “and we are happy to partner with them to improve ELL instruction.”

The online learning courses and webinars offer CEU credits while some courses will offer university credit. The 30-hour courses will include “Accelerated Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners (ELLs),” “The Enriched Dual Language Model and Best Practices,” and “Practical Differentiated Instruction That Works for ELLs.” “ELLs and the ‘Flipped’ Classroom in a Language Setting” will be one of the webinars offered. The first courses and webinars will be available in April.

“The partnership affords NABE the opportunity to expand its outreach for high-quality professional development focused on enriched instructional practices and dual-immersion programs together with culturally relevant and rich learning materials,” said Dr. Leo Gómez, president, NABE Executive Board. “The partnership also will open the door for NABE to eventually offer national certification in bilingual/dual-language enrichment education.”

Rourke Educational Media, which will be exhibiting at NABE 2014 in booths 401/403, has been assisting ELL students with custom-created print and technology programs to improve comprehension and academic vocabulary since 1980. Its blended learning program Rourke Reading Web includes technology, digital and print books and is used throughout the country by many prominent school districts to improve ELL literacy. Moreover, Rourke’s dual-language titles, in both print and ebook form, are designed to comfortably move the ELL student from their native language into the English version of the content, and ultimately to increase student achievement.

NABE is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both English Language Learners and bilingual educational professionals. Along with its affiliate organizations in 20 states, NABE represents a combined membership of more than 5,000 bilingual and English-as-a-second-language teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors and students, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and parents.
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Rourke Educational Media, based in Vero Beach, Fla., helps to improve student learning through digital content, traditional print publishing, and response-to-intervention learning solutions that support the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and state and national standards. A global leader in educational technology, print, and distribution, Rourke Educational Media promotes literacy/reading, science and math for the preK-12 market, and offers interactive ebooks, assessment tools, print resources and other learning resources for the classroom, library and parental involvement. For more information, visit

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