About Beth

Beth is passionate about language learning and especially about enhancing the achievement of English Language Learners.

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• Recent Conference Presentations

  • ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence, Building Academic Vocabulary, July 2017
  • Model Schools Conference, Building Academic Vocabulary, June 2017
  • Nuts and Bolts Symposium invited speaker, Differentiation for Diverse Learners, June, 2017
  • Colorado Department of Education CLDE Academy, May 2017
  • ECIS ESL/MT Conference invited speaker, Differentiation for ELLs, March 2017
  • Colorado TESOL Fall Conference The Language of Math, November 2016
  • ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence invited speaker Making Thinking Visible, June 2016
  • Nuts and Bolts Symposium invited speaker Making Content Comprehensible, June 2016
  • Upper Austria English Teachers Seminars in Austria; Close Reading and Strategies for Oral Fluency, April 2016
  • Kuwait American School Helping ELLs Access Academic Content, November 2015
  • Colorado TESOL Fall Conference invited speaker Making Thinking Visible, November 2015
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference on Teaching Excellence, Nashville, TN Close Reading for English Language Learners, June 2015
  • Colorado Department of Education Language, Culture, and Equity Conference, Keynote Address, April 2015
  • Nuts and Bolts Symposium, Boulder, CO Enhancing Language Acquisition and Building Academic Vocabulary, June 2014
  • English Language Teachers Seminar, Schlierbach, Austria, Keynote Address Making Connections = Making Meaning, and 3 workshops, June 2014
  • Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (COTESOL) Denver, Colorado, TPRS for Adult ESL students, November 2013
  • Closer Connections Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Keynote Address Packing for the Journey to New Heights and 3 ESL-related workshops, October 2013
  • Upper Austria English Teachers Professional Development in Linz, Austria; Building Academic Vocabulary and Strategies for Diverse Learners, October, April and May 2013
  • TPRS Nederland, Amsterdam, Holland, Total Physical Response Storytelling conference, October 2010, May 2011, May 2013
  • Leysin American School, Switzerland, Comprehensible Input Language Teaching Strategies, March 2013
  • Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS) conference in Madrid, Spain, Keynote Address Making Connections=Making Meaning and 4 ESL-related workshops, February 2013
  • Association of German American Schools (AGIS) conference in Hannover, Germany, Building Academic Vocabulary, January 2013
  • European Council of International School (ECIS) conferences in Lisbon, Portugal and Nice, France, Differentiation for English Language Learners and Building Academic Vocabulary, November 2012 and 2011

• Teaching Experience

2002-present Independent Consultant for ESL, international locations

  • Provided staff development in ESL methods for content areas
  • Provided staff development for literacy and academic coaches
  • Developed ESL programs in schools and districts
  • Coached individual teachers and coaches

2010- 2013 Bavarian International School, Munich, Germany

  • EAL coordinator whole school
  • Developed MYP Mother Tongue Program
  • Curriculum Leader for EAL secondary school
  • Provided EAL staff development and coaching
  • Co-taught Humanities and Science courses
  • Taught MYP and Language B English Grades 6-12

2002-2010 Adams State College Extended Studies Program, CO, USA

  • Instructor – ESL methodology

1998-2002 Montrose High School, Montrose, CO, USA

  • Taught German Grades 9-12

1995-1998 Olathe Middle School, Olathe, CO, USA

  • ESL program coordinator
  • Taught ESL Grades 6-8
  • Provided staff development in ESL methods district wide

1992-1995 Highland High School, Albuquerque, NM, USA

  • Taught ESL Grades 9-12
  • Taught German Grades 9-12

1989-1992 Liberty High School, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

  • Taught German Grades 9-12
  • Taught and coached Speech and Debate Grades 9-12

• Education

M.A. in Secondary Education with emphasis on TESOL, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
B.A. in German Language and Literature, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

• Recent Professional Development

  • WIDA PRIME V2 Correlator, 2017
  • WIDA Professional Certification for Trainers, Wisconsin, 2015
  • TESOL International Conference, Oregon, 2014
  • Teaching Learning Coaching Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
  • IB DP Language B English, on-line course 2012
  • IB MYP Language B, Munich, Germany 2012
  • Harvard Project Zero Making Thinking Visible, on-line course 2012
  • Harvard Project Zero, Boston, MA, USA 2012
  • IB DP Language B English, Brussels, Belgium 2011

• Publications

  • CourseCrafters’ Academic ExcELLence Professional Development program Teacher Notebook pages and Presenter Manual; 2007
  • Putting it Together: TPRS as a Sheltering Strategy for ESL, DVD and Teachers’ Manual demonstrating the use of TPRS as a sheltering strategy for English Language Learners; 2006 (bookstore)
  • Putting it Together: Teacher and Student manual for using Total Physical Response Storytelling for adult ESL students; 2003 (bookstore)
  • AATG (American Association of Teacher’s of German) Teaching Ideas; 1995
  • Ballard and Tighe’s IDEAS for Excellence Newsletter article; 1995
  • Concordia Language Villages Handbook for Teachers; 1995