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.

The spring and summer 2020 sessions were a big hit. WAESOL is putting together online trainings for the upcoming school year, beginning in November. Scroll down for more information.

In the meantime, don’t forget to register for WAESOL’s 45th annual conference, 2020 Vision: Transforming Our Tomorrow. Pre-conference workshops will take place on Friday, October 23rd, with the full conference on Saturday, October 24th.


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

This session qualifies for 3 STEM clock hours. 

Saturday, November 21, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Shannon Brown, Spokane Public Schools
Kelly Marsh, Spokane Public Schools
Naomi Hagen, Spokane Public Schools

Abstract:  This 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.