Cultivating a Language and Content Focus for English Learners

EL Institute #1

Starting January 10, 2023


EL Institute #2

Starting March 7, 2023


EL Institute #3

Starting May 2, 2023


Our Focus

A mix of large and small group activities will focus on how to design instruction for English learners (ELs) that addresses two critical needs: language and content development.


Week 2

Engage in hands-on activities to apply Week 1 teachings to a low intermediate proficiency lesson designed for ELs based on Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb.” Then apply what you’ve learned to critique and strengthen lessons of your choice.

Week 1

Experience a higher language proficiency lesson in literacy designed for ELs based on TheGettysburg Address. Explore assorted research-based instructional activities that engage ELs in content and language development.

Week 3

Experience a model mathematics lesson designed for ELs. Explore a sequence of research-based, instructional activities to engage ELs in robust levels of discussions and reasoning about math tasks.

Featured Presenters

Lydia Stack

Founding Member, Stanford’s Understanding Language Initiative

Jane Roy

English Language Acquisition Expert for Adult Education

Susan Pimentel

Co-Founder, StandardsWork, Inc. and Standards-in-Action 2.0 Lead

Dr. Harold Asturias

Director, Berkeley’s Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity

Chonda Long

Director, Professional Development, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Prerequisites for Participation

Form teams of no fewer than five, but no more than 12.
Ideally a team should include a mix of content experience, including English language acquisition, ELA/literacy, and mathematics.
Select a state lead for your team.
SIA 2.0 coach(es) will be assigned to support your work throughout the training.
Select an ESL or ABE/ASE reading lesson.
Choose a lesson that includes text(s) for EL’s to comprehend. Team leads should submit the lesson—as PDF or Word—two weeks before each virtual training begins to: nbravo@standardswork.org.

Register Below

Use the links below to register for the training of your choice. 

Within a day of registering, you and your team will receive calendar invites. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Nicole Bravo: nbravo@standardswork.org.

EL Institute #1

Week 1: January 10 & 12
Week 2: January 17 & 19
Week 3: January 24 & 26

11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

EL Institute #2

Week 1: March 7 & 9
Week 2: March 14 & 16
Week 3: March 21 & 23

11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

EL Institute #3

Week 1: May 2 & 4
Week 2: May 9 & 11
Week 3: May 16 & 18

11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET