Workshops & Keynotes

Beth will dialog with you to create a workshop or professional learning plan that best meets your group’s or district’s individual needs.  Please contact her with your interests. Listed below are recent workshops and keynotes.

1. Building Academic Vocabulary

This training is designed for K-12 teachers who work with English language learners, students from poverty, and all students who need to develop academic vocabulary. In this training, participants will experience and practice at least 10 practical, research-based strategies from Robert Marzano and Isabel Beck’s work on building vocabulary. Participants will leave with rationale and tools necessary for choosing which words to teach and how to teach them. If you want to improve your students’ reading and listening comprehension, as well as their speaking and writing skills, focus on developing their vocabulary. I present some of the information from this workshop in this webinar.

2. What’s Different About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

This professional development session connects research-based reading instruction and second language acquisition theory and practice. Through an interactive format, teachers learn the differences between teaching reading to native English speakers and ELLs. Using a practical, hands on approach, teachers then explore reading instruction strategies, focusing on areas of need particular to ELLs. The workshop demonstrates how ESL-adapted instructional strategies enhance effective reading programs for both native English speakers and ELLs.

3. Making Content Comprehensible to English Language Learners

This workshop demonstrates strategies designed to make content instruction more comprehensible and accessible to English Language Learners. Participants will experience at least five strategies for differentiating content instruction for English Language Learners. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of the stages of language acquisition, how to integrate content and language learning and the power of cooperative learning for ELLs.

4. Engaging Strategies for Language Learning

In this session, participants will gain ideas for helping students develop all four language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through comprehensible input, partner activities and other brain-friendly strategies. Teachers will leave the workshop with over 15 easy to implement strategies and a plan for how to use them in their lessons.

5. Differentiation Strategies for English Language Learners

In this interactive session, participants will experience several strategies for differentiating content instruction for English Language Learners and struggling readers. Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how making connections, providing choices, integrating technology and structuring cooperative learning can empower these students.

6. TPRS and Comprehensible Input for English Learners

This workshop can be tailored for elementary, secondary or adult English Language Learners. In this workshop, participants will experience how the dynamic TPRS/ CI methods develop language and literacy for English Language Learners. Then they will learn and practice the basic steps. The workshop will be interactive and hands-on.

7. Helping LEPs leap!

This interactive session focuses on improving listening, speaking, reading, and writing of intermediate level ESL students. English Language Learners who struggle to move beyond the “LEP” stage need targeted scaffolding in all language domains in order to make the leap to higher levels of proficiency. Teachers will leave this session with concrete strategies for helping these students get through the long intermediate stage of language development.

8. Working with English Language Learners in IB MYP and Diploma programmes

This workshop focuses on the special challenges English learners face in international schools implementing the IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. All teachers in international school contexts can support English language development and content learning using strategies designed to increase comprehensibility and interaction.

9. Scaffolding Close Reading for English Learners

This presentation provides strategies to help ELLs access complex text. Teachers will practice several strategies, learn to write text dependent questions, and understand when to best incorporate close reading into lessons.

10. WIDA Workshops

If your state or international school adopted the WIDA Standards for English Language Development, Beth can offer workshops focused on the WIDA Framework and Standards, the Can Do Philosophy, the Model Performance Indicators, or the Socio-Cultural Context.  Beth became a WIDA certified trainer in 2015.

11. Making Thinking Visible

In this workshop, participants experience thinking routines from Harvard Project Zero that help make students’ thinking visible as well as develop their oral and written language skills. These practical strategies help students at different levels of language proficiency express their understanding.

12. The Language of Math

This workshop increases teachers’ awareness of the linguistic and cultural challenges English Language Learners face with learning math.  Participants will analyze video clips and word problems, engage in cooperative learning strategies designed to enhance language development in math, and apply three basic principles to support ELLs in math lessons. I present some of this workshop in this webinar.

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

In this interactive workshop, participants experience strategies that support language development in STEAM classes. Educators discover how to design truly collaborative projects, experiments, and activities that ensure that all students engage equitably with appropriate supports for building academic language.

14. Teaching Language through Humanities

In this experiential session, educators develop strategies for building necessary background knowledge and making abstract concepts more concrete. Participants learn how to embed academic language instruction into content lessons and engage learners at all language acquisition levels.