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Key Strategies to Making Access and Equity a Reality for ELL Students

Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Key Strategies to Making Access and Equity a Reality for ELL Students

Presented by Michele Dawson, Senior Director of Instructional Technology, Compton Unified School District, CA; and Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer, DreamBox Learning
Sponsored by DreamBox Learning

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For many of the 4.5 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S. elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the unique language of mathematics can be a challenge. An equitable math education is a pathway to help students grow into English-proficient learners and successful bilingual students. Providing access to educational opportunities is of paramount importance particularly considering the wide, pervasive gaps in math achievement.

In this edWebinar, Michele Dawson, Senior Director of Instructional Technology at Compton Unified School District in California, and Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer at DreamBox Learning, discuss research-based approaches to improve access and equity for all learners, including how to:

  • Address key systemic areas of support for ELL students, including student-driven data, instructional practice, and parent/community engagement
  • Implement personalized, individualized, and blended models
  • Increase student and teacher engagement and motivation district wide
  • Develop innovative professional development models that enhance teacher practice in supporting all learners, including ELL students

District and school leaders at the PreK through middle school levels will benefit from watching this recorded edWebinar. Gain strategies for supporting your ELL students.

Michele DawsonAbout the Presenter
Michele Dawson has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher, administrator, and technology director. She earned a master’s degree in leading for equity, achievement and democracy. Michele has served as Educational Technology Supervisor in San Francisco School District and currently is Senior Director, Instructional Technology for Compton Unified in California where she leads 21st Century Learning, technology integration and organizational management. She is committed to closing the achievement gap for underserved students through the lens of equity and social justice. As an accomplished grant writer, Michele has written multiple grants including the EETT competitive grant for PBL with Multimedia, for which she garnered the CSBA Golden Bell Award. Also as a passionate educator, she revitalized the North Bay CUE affiliate and served as president for three years. When she’s not tinkering with technology, you will find Michele running on Mt. Tamalpais, playing volleyball or traveling around the world

Kelly Urlacher started her education career as a teacher in 2002. She has her national boards and masters in technology and curriculum development. Kelly taught sixth grade for ten years and has a passion for math. She jokes that she loved to “infect” her students with the love of math. Kelly is now a senior curriculum designer for DreamBox Learning, where she has the opportunity to create lessons, develop technology-based teacher partnerships, and influence the way students learn math.



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dreambox learning DreamBox Learning Math offers a groundbreaking combination of intelligent adaptive learning, rigorous elementary mathematics curriculum, and motivating learning environment. The innovative DreamBox platform captures every decision a student makes while working in the program and adjusts the student’s learning path appropriately, providing millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to a student’s unique needs.


Monday, February 12, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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