Real Learning in a Virtual Space

At WAESOL, we want to encourage you in your continued efforts to support your students and develop as teaching professionals. To this end, we were honored to launch WAESOL Online in April, with more sessions to come in 2020 – 2021.

We are excited to continue bringing you online trainings in 2021. We have already offered 4 very successful sessions in January, February, and March. Scroll down to read about additional offerings in the coming months.

Each training is $15 for WAESOL members, $20 for non-members. Be sure to become a WAESOL member prior to registering to ensure member pricing. All sessions qualify for WA State clock hours ($3/hour).

Be sure to check back here for more information on new WAESOL Online Trainings and registration throughout the year.

Planning Instruction with WIDA Standards

This session qualifies for 3 clock hours.

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 9:30am-12:30pm

Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Central Washington University

Beginning in the fall of the 2021-2022 school year, the State of Washington will be changing from the ELPA 21 standards and standardized test for ELLs to WIDA standards and ACCESS test.

In this workshop, educators will walk through a lesson that integrates the four language modes (e.g., speaking, listening, reading and writing), plus grammar, and vocabulary, so they can see how specific WIDA Standards and tools can guide lessons for ELLs.

In teams, educators will learn about and work on

  • Describing how the WIDA proficiency descriptors and standards will guide their instruction
  • Writing content and language SLOs with WIDA that target the language development of ELLs
  • Identifying language expectations and functions of language in content areas
  • Differentiating instruction by WIDA proficiency level

Participants will be able to adapt previously written lessons or draft new lessons to integrate these concepts into their instruction.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to….

  • Integrate the 4 skills of language into lesson plans that are aligned with WIDA Standards
  • Identify the language functions and language expectations of their content topic to integrate grammar forms and structures into interactive and engaging lessons
  • Write content and language student learning outcomes and success criteria that are aligned with WIDA standards
  • Differentiate instruction for different levels of proficiency
  • Develop lessons aligned with WIDA standards for their grade cluster and ELLs’ proficiency levels

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds is a Professor of TESOL/Literacy at Central Washington University. She has taught educators in the US and abroad at universities and public school districts since 1996. Also, she has instructional experience in ESL/EFL in elementary, middle schools and universities various contexts. Dr. Reynolds’ publications include the books, Introduction to TESOL: Becoming a Language Teaching Professional, Approaches to Inclusive English Classrooms: A Teacher’s Handbook for Content Based Instruction. She edited the vocabulary volume of the TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, and has another edited volume in press currently, Research Methods in Language Teaching and Learning. Over her 20-year career, she has contributed her expertise regularly through presentations at TESOL International Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics, and TESOL affiliates.

Designing Lessons and Working with Community Partners to Provide Meaningful STEM Experiences for English Learners

This session qualifies for 3 STEM clock hours. 

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Shannon Brown, Spokane Public Schools
Kelly Marsh, Spokane Public Schools
Naomi Hagen, Spokane Public Schools
Dr. James Hunter, Gonzaga University

 This STEM session is presented by the co-facilitators of the SPS/GU Summer Language STEM Program, a partnership between Gonzaga University’s MATESL program and Spokane Public Schools ELD program. During the session, you will be introduced to the partnership STEM and language development program offered to K-12 students and families in Spokane each summer, and you will participate in key activities that are used with English Learners in this program. The presenters will walk you through the Engineering Design Process and explain key elements of designing an integrated STEM lesson that is accessible for English Learners and includes an integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition, you will hear innovative options for introducing your students to the STEM careers by partnering with STEM careers in your community.

Teachers will need the following supplies on hand to participate in the session: 1 package of 100 3×5 index cards & measuring tape.

Presenter Bios

Shannon Brown has 5 years of experience teaching ELL students at Spokane Public Schools. He holds a Master of Initial Teaching Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science as well as the following Washington State Teaching Certifications: English Language Arts, English Language Learner, and Social Studies. He currently works as an ELD teacher at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington. Shannon has spent many summers working as a K-12 ELD Teacher and College Teacher Mentor for the Gonzaga University/Spokane Public Schools Summer Language STEM Program. 

Kelly Marsh is a National Board Certified teacher with 20 years of experience teaching ELL students in multiple districts in both California and Washington. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology as well as the following Washington State Teaching Certifications: Special Education, English Language Learner, Literacy, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education. She currently works as an ELD teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Spokane, Washington. Kelly has spent many summers working as a K-12 ELD Teacher and College Teacher Mentor for the Gonzaga University/Spokane Public Schools Summer Language STEM Program.  Additionally, Kelly is currently the Northeast Seat One WABE Board representative.

Naomi Hagen is a dedicated teaching professional with 20 years of experience in the field of education including teaching, administration, and teacher training. Naomi has also served on the WAESOL board as a member at large, assistant treasurer, treasurer, and secretary. She has a BA from Fresno Pacific University, an MA in TESL from Gonzaga University and holds teaching credentials in California and Washington with endorsements in Elementary Education, English, and English Language Development. She also holds certificates in TESOL and Differentiated Instruction training. She has worked with ELLs in the United States from pre-school to university, and her international teaching experience includes teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia as well as working with K-12 teachers from bilingual programs in Colombia. She currently works for Spokane Public Schools as the ELD Title III K-12 TOSA and serves as an adjunct professor in the ESL endorsement programs at Whitworth and Gonzaga.

James Hunter has taught ESL/EFL for over 30 years and is the director of TESOL Programs at Gonzaga University. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and his research interests include Second Language Acquisition, corpus linguistics, instructional technologies, and teacher development.