Breakout Sessions

We are excited to announce the 2021 WABE Fall Virtual Institute breakout sessions! 

Oral Language Assessment and Development: Building the Foundation for Literacy Success for English Learners
Friday, November 5, 2:45 – 3:45 pm

Dr. Alba Ortiz

The reading skills of English Learners (Els) are typically assessed several times over the course of the school year (e.g., beginning, middle, end of year). Yet, despite research showing that oral language is the foundation for literacy success, schools do not have a similar process for assessing students’ oral language development. This session will present guidelines for assessing and documenting the oral language development of Els, within and across grades, and suggest informal strategies teachers can use to identify students’ oral language strengths and needs and to plan oral language instruction.

Growing Literacy: The What, Why, and How of Foundational Skills in Content Classes
Friday, November 5, 2:45 – 3:45 pm

Orly Klaphoz

Participants will learn about the importance of integrating foundational skills into content classes in order to support all multilingual learners. We will discuss how to choose culturally and linguistically accessible text, how to adapt it, how to determine which foundational skills to work on, how to integrate them, and how to create a unit plan and lesson plan that supports the acquisition of these skills.

Establishing routines to support academic language and CCR standards
Friday, November 5, 2:45 -3:45 pm

Michele Burns, Ed.D.

In this workshop we will showcase some English 3D routines, language functions, practice and apply these routines and establish some take-aways from the session.

Inclusion and Access for Multilingual Students and Academic Language Learners
Friday, November 5, 9:15 – 10:15 am

Liliya Stefoglo, Pam Schaff

Are you a teacher or administrator who works hard to meet the needs of your language learners? You’ve tried all you know and it still isn’t yielding the results you expected. The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to the 6 Cueing Systems and position them as learners to unpack input, process, and output strategies that create access to rigor.

Project GLAD in a Flipped Classroom 2021 Edition

Saturday, November 6, 9:15 – 10:15 am

Jody Bader, Dr. Sara Martinez

How do you meet the needs of diverse multilingual learners with ongoing social distancing, increased individual assignments, or finding yourself back in (or teetering on the edge of) a hybrid teaching model? Last year, we infused Project GLAD® strategies and language supports into hybrid learning. What we learned is still working – hybrid and onsite! In this session, we’ll examine the richness of last year’s language-infused hybrid model and transfer key elements into our current settings.

WIDA Language Standards Overview
Saturday, November 6, 9:45 – 10:45 am

Carrie Sorensen, Katelynn Brown

We will be providing educators an overview the new WIDA P-12 language standards. This seminar will emphasize the foundational beliefs of WIDA and how that aligns with the mission/vision of OSPI. Our foundational overview will emphasize the intentional collaboration embedded in the new standards and the elevated merging of content and language.

Ensuring Reading Success for English Learners: Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies
Saturday, November 6, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Dr. Alba Ortiz

This session will offer opportunities for EL program administrators, educators, and specialists to learn about practices in English language development programs and services. Participants will learn more about effective English language development program design, data, planning and implementation.

Instructional Strategies to Increase Engagement of English Learners in Middle Grades Math
Saturday, November 6, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Heather Byington, David Buitenveld

Math stories provide multiple entry points for students to connect math with their experiences. Introduced visually, they facilitate development of conceptual understanding, building a more cohesive picture of the big ideas in math. Adding their stories, students articulate their understandings to others, and abstract ideas become more concrete and accessible.

Using Strengths-Based Language to Support Shifts in Mindset, Instruction and Policy
Saturday, November 6, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Karina Vanderbilt, Carrie Sorensen, Erica Carmichael

Math stories provide multiple entry points for students to connect math with their experiences. Introduced visually, they facilitate development of conceptual understanding, building a more cohesive picture of the big ideas in math. Adding their stories, students articulate their understandings to others, and abstract ideas become more concrete and accessible.