*New* 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 and continue new sessions for the month of May. New sessions will be added as they become available.

Through the months of April and May all, WAESOL Online sessions will be free and all sessions are eligible for Washington State clock hours. You must pre-register for each session prior to the date of the session.


Serving ELs in the New Reality: Perspectives and Examples

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Presenters: Sue Connolly and Paul Weineke, OSPI/OSSI Continuous Improvement Partners

Teachers will be invited to engage in an interactive presentation (Zoom and Mentimeter) focused on perspectives to support English learners in the current reality.  As there is no one way to address EL needs and there isn’t one uniform point of contact, teachers will be encouraged and supported to look at our current situation as an opportunity to re-think the way we design instruction in a manner that supports all learners, based on designing with the most vulnerable first in mind. Multiple resources will be provided, including a pdf of the presentation with live links.


  1. Connecting to resources and funds of knowledge of each student/household/family
  2. Changing Dependent learners  into Independent learners
  3. Household/family-based continuous learning that will support multi-lingual learners AND all learners
  4. Specific instructional strategies/techniques to support the learning

Sue has a B.A. in English with Social Science and French Minor, a Post-Bac Teaching Major in Mathematics, and a M.Ed: Focused on teaching students acquiring English as an additional language. Sue enjoys delving into the research and helping teachers understand not only what we know works for ELs but also supporting and empowering teachers to make connections between the research, best practices and their own unique context. Prior to working with districts as an OSSI Partner, Sue was a faculty member at Central Washington University in the Teacher Preparation Program.

Paul is a former ‘Turnaround Principal’ in Tacoma, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska. Created  Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program (still operating) in the Tacoma S.D. Additionally, performed state/district/school-level coaching as OSPI IndistarSteward.  Trained in all four WA TPEP frameworks.  Trained and experienced in implementing Early Learning Partnerships, AVIDRTI, PBIS, SEL, MTSS and Learning Focused Supervision.

Cost: Free Registration 

Clock hours: 2 clock hours available at $3 per hour 

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Several Indispensable Tools for Online Language Teaching

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Kate Mastruserio Reynolds, Central Washington University

This interactive session will introduce several free tools for educators making the transition to online learning. Tools to enhance instruction for any type of class, such as Nearpod, Voice Thread, and Screencasto’matic, will be shared as well as websites and apps to engage ELLs with the four skills + (e.g., IVocab, Storybird, Padlet, Comix, Socrative, ESL games and Storyboard That).  These tools can be employed at any grade level for increased comprehensibility and engagement. 

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

  • Identify online tools to increase the interaction in language classes with ELLs
  • Describe how they will engage ELLs’ four skill development using a new app or online tool
  • Set up an account and utilize a new app or online tool for instruction of ELLs

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. She has taught ESL/EFL in elementary, middle schools and universities various contexts as well. Dr. Reynolds’ publications include the book, Approaches to Inclusive English Classrooms: A Teacher’s Handbook for Content Based Instruction, as well as chapters to the Handbook of Content-Based ESL Instruction, 2ndedition and Not for ESOL Teachers, 3rdedition. Over her 20-year career, she has contributed her expertise in presentations regularly at TESOL International Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics, and TESOL affiliates. She currently serves as the TESOL International Association’s Vocabulary and Grammar Strand Coordinator and is on the Board of WAESOL. 

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