VirtuEL 18

Jana Echevarria, Ph. D

Opening Keynote: How Much Should We "Push" English Learners

Session Description: English learners must be appropriately challenged in order to advance their academic achievement and English proficiency. But, finding a balance between challenging and discouraging students can be difficult for teachers. Based on more than 100 observations of classrooms with English learners, specific ideas will be provided for enhancing instruction for your students -- and knowing how much to "push."


@Jechev | | author | consultant | speaker

Maria G. Dove, Ph. D & Andrea Honigsfeld, Ph. D

Co-Teaching - Beyond the basics

Session Description: Building on our 2017 VirtuEL presentation, we explore what collaboration for ELs is all about and how to co-plan effectively. We discuss what co-teaching is and is not as well as identify three ways effective leadership support can be secured.


@MariaGDove | @AndreaHonigsfe |

professors | authors | consultants | speakers

Tina Beene & Carol Salva

Achievement for ELs in Social Studies with Effective Questioning

Session Description: In this session, we take a deep dive into the QSSSA strategy in the social studies classroom. This session breaks down the technique and offers reasons why our method of questioning is critical to consider for English learners.


@TBeeneEdu | @MsSalvac | | authors | consultants

Cassandra Chapa

Leadership Tip: School Wide Language Intervention

Session Description: As an administrator, what are some ways you can ensure language proficiency, especially for long term ELLs. Learn from Ramey Elementary School in Tyler, Tx on some ways you can improve language and have fun!


@ChapaTISD | Administrator

Virginia Lowe

Poetry Experiences for Better or Verse: Lesson for Listening, Language and Literacy

Session Description: There are various reasons why teachers often do not teach poetry to ELs. In this session, I will share the benefits of including poetry in your EL literacy curriculum. Discover the joys of hearing, reading , writing and performing poems with your English Language Learners of all ages.


Larry Ferlazzo

Supporting ELLs Through Differentiation, Motivation & Affirming Error Correction

Session Description: Participants will learn practical and effective strategies to help differentiate instruction for ELLs in ELL-only and in general education classes. In addition, they will learn ways to create the conditions for students to motivate themselves, and how to use error correction techniques in positive and supportive ways.

@Larryferlazzo | | author | teacher

Valentina Gonzalez

Language Growth! Using Visuals & the Picture Word Inductive Model to Advance Literacy

Session Description: Let's lift the level of language growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing with the use of pictures! Participants will learn how and why the picture word inductive model is highly effective for ELs and all students. This research-based strategy can be modified to fit students at various levels of proficiency and grade level.

@ValentinaESL |

Nancy Motley

My Ells speak using complete sentences: 4 subtle moves that create independence

Session Description: We all know that complete sentences equals more English, but how do I get my students to do it? In this session we will identify and model 4 subtle moves that we can make as teachers to ensure our students use complete sentences all by themselves.

@nancymotleyTRTW | author | speaker | consultant

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E.! in The Writing Recipe: Ingredients to Empower ELLs & Transform Their Writing!

Session Description: Come see how the structure of The Writing Recipe eases the anxiety of both teacher and student when it comes to writing essays and prompt responses! No matter the grade level, this standards-based lesson will give you one awesome "A-Ha!" moment that will make you say, "OMG, how come I didn't do this before?!" We you can now... that is, if you B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!

@2014FloridaTOY |

Katie Toppel, Ed. D

Vocabulary Victories: Engaging Vocabulary Activities Targeting Language Development & Brain Work

Session Description: Katie will take you through the variety of vocabulary activities and strategies she uses to support ELLs. Activities focus on activating the brain, multiple modes of learning, and making connections between words.


@Toppel_ELD | | co-founder of #ellchat_bkclub

Jess Bell & Carlota Holder

Utilizing EL Professionals to Revolultionize PD

Session Description: Providing EL professionals with rationale and support for getting started sharing expertise with staff, both actively and passively.


@jessbell79 | @carlota_holder

Shaeley Santiago

Constructive Academic Conversations for ELs

Session Description: Academic conversations, if well structured and supported, provide a rich source of evidence for student learning. Critical elements of constructive academic conversations include creating effective tasks and discussion prompts, teaching students five conversation moves, and collecting and analyzing student data from constructive conversations. Join Shaeley for tips and suggestions on how to apply these strategies with secondary English Learners.

@HSeslteacher |

Emily Franics

Keynote: What Every Teacher of English Learners Should Know

Session Description: Carol Salva interviews Emily Francis, our mid -conference keynote. Emily shares her story, what motivates her and what we should all keep in mind when educating today's English Learners.

@emilyfranESL | | The Teaching Channel Fabfive | speaker

@MsSalvac | | author | consultant

Jenny Vo, M. Ed.

Strategies to Develop Oracy and Literacy for ELs

Session Description: For English Learners, it is crucial that we develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students need authentic opportunities to work on their oracy and literacy skills. I will share my favorite strategies and technology tolls that have worked for my ESL students.


Sarah Ottow

Make It Functional! Curriculum Guidance for Teachers of ELLs and ALLs

Session Description: Make it functional! Did you know that teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) and Academic Language Learners (ALLs) alike can benefit from the same set of curriculum considerations when planning learning experiences? Learn what I recommend when designing and refining curriculum based on current research on culturally and linguistically responsive practices. This session is for both ELL specialists and content teachers, as well as coaches, leaders and trainers.

@SarahOttow | | consultant

Sarah Said

Mistakes Districts & Schools Make with Family Engagement

Session Description: Family engagement is a large part of our role as educators who specialize in teaching English Learners. It is important that we are the ambassadors to our schools for the families we serve. This presentation will give teachers and administrators strategies for working with English Learner families.



Kelly Reider

Planning a Language-Rich Content Lesson

Session Description: In this session, participants will follow a lesson planning process that creates a language rich lesson for any content area.


Katie DiGregorio

Instructional Technology & the ELL Social Studies Co-taught Classroom

Session Description: Instructional technology allows the EL students to learn social studies material at a pace and level that is appropriate. Tools such as, HyperDocs, Nearpod, GoFormative and Kahoot, allow English Learners to participate in the co taught social studies classroom in ways that promote mastery and engagement. The instructional technology tools Katie will show you will help the ELs in your co taught social studies classroom work independently and collaboratively! | slides:


Diana Delaney

Who’s doing the talking? Increase Student Engagement in Academic Conversation in your class

Session Description: The speaking and listening standards are specific but how do we get started? In this session, I will share a process that has worked in a diverse classroom where students set norms, goals and are engaged in academic conversations with their peers. This is suitable for any teacher in any grade that wants to increase student participation in academic conversations. | Slides: