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Small-Group English Instruction for Multilingual Learners

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Small-Group English Instruction for Multilingual Learners

Presented by Barbara Andrews, Co-author of Small-Group Reading Instruction and Senior National Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company
Moderated by Kimberly Plummer, Director, ELL/ELD and Spanish, Benchmark Education Company

Sponsored by Benchmark Education

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Discover ways to provide targeted instruction that meets the specific learning needs of today’s wide range of multilingual learners in order to improve English language proficiency and literacy skills. Based on decades of bilingual classroom and PD experience, Barbara Andrews, who is also an author of Small-Group Reading Instruction, explains a systematic approach to matching different types of small-group instruction with the varied needs of multilingual learners.

This research-based edWebinar provides instructional strategies and detailed suggestions for linking English language acquisition and literacy development in small-group settings so students can successfully access grade-level content and accelerate their academic progress. Viewers will:

  • Review current research findings on the language and literacy needs of diverse multilingual learners in grades preK-8
  • Hear recommendations for language and literacy development through small-group instruction of phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension skills
  • Investigate equitable grouping configurations that increase progress toward academic standards and fluent reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Identify independent learning opportunities that help multilingual learners transfer their language and skills

This recorded edWebinar will share proven teaching techniques that work well in the classroom or online, so it will be of interest to preK-8 multilingual and ESL/ELD directors, specialists, and teachers, as well as principals, instructional coaches, reading teachers, and other educators who work with multilingual learners. 

Barbara AndrewsAbout the Presenter

Barbara Andrews spent 27 years as a bilingual and dual-language classroom educator, as well as a district multilingual administrator and instructional facilitator. Her wealth of experience now helps her provide effective professional development as a senior national literacy consultant for Benchmark Education Company. In this role, she has worked extensively with teachers across the country through presentations, on-site demonstration lessons, and coaching. Barbara has also successfully supported school districts in the implementation of effective literacy instruction and the use of curriculum materials for newcomers and other multilingual learners. She also contributes to the development of new instructional programs as an author and contributing editor. In addition, Barbara is an author of children’s books, both in English and in Spanish, as well as professional books such as Small-Group Reading Instruction and Making Sense of the Writer’s Workshop.


Kimberly PlummerAbout the Moderator

Kimberly Plummer spent 18 years as a classroom teacher and during her tenure served as a district mentor teacher, coaching student teachers, especially those from underrepresented groups. She also created professional development to promote teacher retention and served on many site and district committees, most notably the Curriculum Innovation Committee and the Teacher Development Team for State Standards in History-Social Science. Kimberly’s classroom experience proved invaluable when she transitioned to educational publishing, where her roles enabled her to utilize her content expertise to support districts’ implementation of instructional materials. She has been involved in the development of resources for English learners across all content areas, and she is currently the director of product marketing for ELL/ELD and Spanish for Benchmark Education Company.


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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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