WAESOL Online

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 3 very successful sessions in January and February. 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.



Introduction to WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

This session qualifies for 2 clock hours. 

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:00am – 11:00am

Tim Boals, WIDA
Fernanda Marinho Kray, WIDA

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, brings new and concrete ways for educators to conceptualize the simultaneous development of content and language through asset-based, equitable, and rigorous approaches.  The 2020 Edition leverages a functional approach to language development, prioritizing language as purposeful, meaning-making resource, and offering educators practical materials to attend to language development in explicit and systematic ways.  The presenters will provide an overview of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework with examples of how these language standards promote classroom engagement for language and content learning. 

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

  • Connect critical features of WIDA ELD Standards Framework to their own classroom practice
  • Access current and future resources related to the 2020 Edition of the WIDA ELD Standards
  • Choose a pathway for professional learning to move toward planning and implementation of the updated standards

Presenter Bios

 Tim Boals is the Founder and Director of WIDA. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in the education of multilingual learners. His background includes language education, educational policy, and Spanish language and literature. At WIDA, Tim oversees the vision and operations, long range planning, research and development, and consortium outreach efforts. 

Tim presents at conferences in the USA and internationally on increasing the access and engagement for learning for multilingual learners. This year he’s getting used to presenting virtually while hoping for a vaccine or better treatments for COVID 19. WIDA projects he is particularly excited about include the Spanish Academic Language Standards and CAN DOs, the WIDA Early Years and International programs, our partnership with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), a native Alaskan language proficiency assessment development grant project, and the new edition of WIDA standards and resources.

Fernanda Marinho Kray, Ph.D., a polyglot educator and researcher, is lead developer for the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition.  Fernanda brings years of experience as a classroom teacher, school coach, and district coordinator.  Prior to joining WIDA, she served as Language Acquisition Lead for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Presently, she is a governing board member of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a founding member of the multi-state REL NEI English Learner Alliance, and a founding member of the Portuguese Language Partnership for Education. Fernanda has authored an array of documents and materials in the field of education, and directed local and large-scale policy and practice-oriented projects, frequently collaborating with practitioners and scholars from across the globe. 

Building on her own experience as a multicultural and multilingual learner, Fernanda has dedicated her life’s work to developing critical perspectives and research-based pedagogy for multilingual learners.  Her interests include the advancement of educational equity, and investigating if and how critical pedagogical spaces can exist within traditional structures of public schooling. 


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.