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5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for English Learners

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for English Learners

Presented by Diane Staehr Fenner, Co-Author of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible, and President of SupportEd; and Heather Anderson, 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year, and Reading and Math Intervention Teacher and Literacy Coach at Juniper Technology Magnet School, Bend, OR
Hosted by Tatum Moser, Head of Content and Curriculum,
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Do you often struggle with how to include English Learners (ELs) in meaningful ways in your instruction? Would you like to add some new tools to your toolbox to better support your ELs? This edWebinar provides a practical five-step framework and multiple strategies that you can use immediately to scaffold lessons for ELs so that they can engage with challenging grade-level content. You will leave the recorded presentation with:

  • Knowledge of how scaffolded instruction supports ELs’ language development and acquisition of complex content
  • A five-step framework to guide you in designing scaffolded content lessons to support ELs
  • Practical, implementable strategies for scaffolding content instruction for ELs of varying proficiency levels.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, coaches, and specialists.

Diane Staehr FennerAbout the Presenters

Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D. is the president of SupportEd, LLC, a woman-owned small business based in the Washington, D.C. area that provides educators of English Learners (ELs) the skills and resources they need to champion ELs’ success within and beyond students’ classrooms. Diane is an author of four books, including Unlocking English Learners′ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible, a blogger for the Colorín Colorado website, and a frequent keynote presenter on EL education at conferences across North America. Prior to forming SupportEd, Diane was a research associate at George Washington University’s Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. She spent a decade as an ESOL teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ESOL assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She also taught English in Veracruz, Mexico and Berlin, Germany. Diane earned her Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education with an emphasis in literacy at George Mason University.

Heather Anderson Heather Anderson has been a teacher since 2001. She has taught in Maryland and Oregon in both elementary and middle schools and is currently the reading and math intervention teacher and literacy coach at Juniper Technology Magnet School in Bend, Oregon. In 2016, she was recognized as the Oregon Teacher of the Year and in 2017, she also received the NEA Award for Teaching Excellence. She received her B.A. from Oregon State University and M.A.T. from George Fox University. She also has an M.A. in teacher leadership from Johns Hopkins University and is currently a doctoral candidate for an Ed.D. in educational technology at Walden University. She aspires to empower students in her community and provide them with educational technology opportunities.

Tatum OmariAbout the Host
Tatum Moser, Head of Content and Curriculum, joined in 2015 and loves developing products that help teachers get the most out of every day in the classroom. Prior to her work at, Tatum worked as a teacher in both Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts. She has also served as a district technology teacher leader, and a learning experiences designer for Harvard’s Agency by Design Research Initiative. She received both her B.A. and Ed.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, where her program focused on curricula and instructional practices informed by research on child development. Her passions revolve around arts education, equity, social justice, and helping teachers to navigate the increasingly complex demands of classroom teaching. She aspires to continuously provide resources that can help teachers, parents and students feel inspired and successful.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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