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Engaging English Learners in Deep Reading with Content-Rich, Complex Texts

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Presented by Stephen Fowler, Customer Education, Imagine Learning
Hosted by Tami Valentino, General Manager, NYC Team, Imagine Learning

Sponsored by Imagine Learning



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Today’s ELA/Literacy standards require that students develop an increasingly complex set of literacy skills across all domains—reading, writing, listening and speaking—to thrive in a complex global economy. As authors Nonie K. Lesaux, Ph.D. and Emily Phillips Galloway, Ed.D. note, today’s students will need to communicate orally and in writing “in increasingly diverse ways and with increasingly diverse audiences to be successful in nearly every aspect of day-to-day life.” How can educators create a rich environment to engage English learners in deep, close reading to develop these critical literacy skills? What are some best practices across all four domains of literacy to accelerate language and literacy development?

In this interactive edWebinar, attendees will explore, discuss, and experience research-informed, classroom-tested approaches to engage English learners in deep, close reading with big ideas and rich content, all anchored in grade-level complex text. Together we’ll focus on how to guide English learners to analyze complex text and develop language skills to prepare for independent reading. We’ll also focus on how to engage students throughout the reading process to hold productive academic conversations embedded in shared literacy experiences.

Attendees will walk away with strategies to implement right away to help English learners engage in deep, close reading and academic conversations with complex text. This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through junior high school teachers in New York. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

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About the Presenter

As a bilingual specialist, teacher, administrator, and teacher educator, Stephen Fowler has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of world languages and English to speakers of other languages. He received a master’s degree in TESOL from Kennesaw State University. Stephen is passionate about language acquisition and supporting the academic achievement of English learners. He is now a member of the Customer Education Team at Imagine Learning.


About the Host

Tami Valentino is a former NYC special education teacher and administrator and has 15 years of experience working in the education space. She received a master’s degree in teaching students with disabilities from Pace University. Tami is passionate about closing the achievement gap for all learners. She currently works as the General Manager of Imagine Learning’s NYC Team.



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