Workshops & Keynotes

Contact Beth to customize any of these frequently requested workshop topics

Building Academic Language

Building Academic Language

  • Practice practical, research-based strategies from Robert Marzano and Isabel Beck’s work on building vocabulary
  • Develop a rationale and tools necessary for choosing which words to teach and how to teach them
  • Focus on the language necessary for different academic language functions (recounting, explaining, arguing, discussing, etc.)

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

What’s Different about Teaching Reading to ELLs

  • Explore the differences between teaching reading to native English speakers and ELLs
  • Integrate instructional strategies to support ELLs with learning to read
  • Enhance effective reading programs for both native English speakers and ELLs

Differentiation for ELLs

Differentiation for ELLs

  • Experience strategies for differentiating content instruction for English Language Learners and struggling readers
  • Practice structuring cooperative learning to best support ELLs
  • Make connections, provide choices, and integrate technology to empower all students

Helping LEPs Leap

Helping LEPs Leap

  • Improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing of intermediate level ELLs
  • Help ELLs who struggle to move beyond the “LEP” stage through targeted scaffolding in all language domains
  • Use concrete strategies to support students through the long intermediate stage of language development

Making Content Comprehensible to ELLs

Making Content Comprehensible to ELLs

  • Experience strategies for differentiating content instruction for English Language Learners
  • Better understand stages of language acquisition
  • Learn how to integrate content and language learning
  • Harness the power of cooperative learning for ELLs

Engaging Strategies for ELLs

Engaging Strategies for ELLs

  • Help students develop all four language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Practice comprehensible input strategies and partner activities
  • Create an action plan for implementing new strategies in the classroom

Scaffolding Complex Text for ELLs

Scaffolding complex text for ELLs

  • Develop strategies that help ELLs access complex text
  • Write supportive text dependent questions
  •  Incorporate cooperative learning strategies during reading

Making Thinking Visible

Making Thinking Visible

  • Experience thinking routines from Harvard Project Zero
  • Develop ELL’s oral and written language skills in elementary and secondary lessons
  • Integrate native language and other accommodations for beginning language learners

The Language of Math

The Language of Math

  • Increase awareness of the linguistic and cultural challenges English Language Learners face with learning math
  • Analyze video clips and word problems
  • Engage in cooperative learning strategies
  • Enhance language development in math with three basic principles

TPRS and Comprehensible Input for Language Learners

TPRS & Comprehensible Input for Language Learners

  • Experience the dynamic TPRS/CI methods
  •  Practice the basic steps of the methods
  •  Develop language and literacy for ELLs and world language learners
  •  Tailor instruction for elementary, secondary, and adult language learners

Teaching Language through STEAM

Teaching Language through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

  • Experience strategies that support language development in STEAM classes
  • Design collaborative projects, experiments, and activities that build academic language and content
  • Develop appropriate supports so that all students engage equitably

Teaching Language through Humanities

Teaching Language through Humanities

  • Develop strategies for building necessary background knowledge
  • Make abstract concepts more concrete
  • Embed academic language instruction into content lessons
  • Engage learners at all language acquisition levels

The Basics of Instructional Coaching

The Basics of Instructional Coaching

  • Implement a successful coaching cycle
  • Practice each phase of the coaching cycle
  • Analyze coaching videos
  • Integrate instructional coaching methodology from Jim Knight, Diane Sweeney, Stephen Barkley, Jane Kise, Robert Marzano, and Elena Aguilar

Contact Beth to customize any of these frequently requested workshop topics.