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Strategies to Support Your EL Learners and Embed Literacy Scaffolds

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Strategies to Support Your EL Learners and Embed Literacy Scaffolds

Presented by Marisa Russo, M.Ed., Senior Multilingual Curriculum Specialist, McGraw Hill

Sponsored by McGraw Hill

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English learners (ELs) are the fastest-growing student population in our country, and these students deserve to be supported throughout their learning process—especially when it comes to reading and writing. In this research-fueled edWebinar, learn how leveraging targeted and embedded scaffolds as part of a differentiated instruction approach can dramatically accelerate language and literacy gains for ELs at every stage of English acquisition. This session covers how you can:

  • Implement critical scaffolds for ensuring mastery of foundational literacy skills such as phonics and fluency
  • Lead proven strategies for supporting vocabulary development across the content areas
  • Use consistent language and frequent visual aids to support comprehension skills
  • Ensure ongoing opportunities for listening and speaking to help students express their ideas and opinions

With the right support and opportunities for engagement, English learners can become successful, lifelong readers and writers. Together, we can help EL students—from beginner to advanced—overcome barriers and raise the educational attainment, career prospects, and prosperity of future generations.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Marisa Russo

About the Presenter

Marisa Russo, Senior Multilingual Curriculum Specialist for McGraw Hill, has been working as an SRA National Bilingual Literacy Specialist and EL Development Specialist for 24 years. She has worked all over the world and trained educators in all 50 states. Before becoming a literacy specialist, she worked in Los Angeles as an elementary school educator and literacy coach. Most of the students Marisa taught were limited English proficient and students at risk. Therefore, she received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her TESOL certification to help support fragile learners. She has been a keynote speaker at CRA in CA and at the Region 7 EL Conference in TX. In addition, she has been a speaker at NCEA, NABE, ILA, ESEA (National Title 1 Conference), Asia IRA, and National Charter School conferences. Lastly, to support the Science of Reading, she developed Monday Mornings with Marisa (a YouTube PD series for K-3 educators).

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