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Program leaders are navigating the complexities of providing high-quality professional learning for teachers of MLs. Despite these challenges, innovative solutions are emerging to support educators who may be experiencing burnout due to the dynamic nature of their roles. Michelle Gill will share out-of-the-box ideas to help coaches and program leaders create differentiated, purposeful, and relevant learning experiences. This session will be filled with practical strategies that can be implemented with any group of adult learners.

Michelle Gill is a dedicated member of the Curriculum Department in the Abbotsford School District, known for her commitment to empowering multilingual learners and supporting educators in their teaching journey. With a wealth of experience in English Language Learning, Michelle serves as an ELL Helping Teacher, where she leverages her expertise to foster an inclusive learning environment. Her passion for education extends beyond the classroom, as evidenced by her contributions to various educational publications, marking her as a thought leader in the field of language learning and teaching.

Today's content classroom is becoming more and more diverse.  Educators need practical ideas for student-led activities that develop academic language and foster critical thinking skills in content classrooms. Adrian Mendoza will be sharing techniques that are powerful for all students, but critical for English learners struggling in content classrooms. While the strategies work in many academic settings, Adrian Mendoza will use math content as an example.  

Adrian Mendoza began his journey in education teaching English learners (adults and children) in Monterrey, Mexico, more than 12 years ago, where he discovered his passion for education.  Adrian has taught 5th grade and also worked as an Instructional Math Coach in San Marcos CISD.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas State University.   Adrian has provided Professional Development to educators for more than 5 years in the areas of Bilingual Education, Math, Science, Technology, and Student Engagement, working with teachers and parents in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.