Key Factors for the Development of Language and Literacy Proficiency: Quality Student Interactions

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Session Dates

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

It is essential that all students, especially English learners participate in instructional activities that engage them in quality interactions, which are intentionally structured to support their conceptual, analytic, and linguistic development. Ultimately, these interactions promote their ability to apply these skills and practices independently in new learning situations. By creating classroom environments and activities with ample opportunities for purposeful student collaboration and discussion, teachers can capitalize on the ways English learners naturally learn from one another (Billings and Muller, 2016).

This professional development opportunity will focus on evidence-based practices to foster quality student interactions including open-ended questions, disciplinary practices, and focus on key ideas.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the role of social interaction in language acquisition and literacy development.
  2. List what constitutes “Quality Student Interaction."
  3. Describe high-quality student interactions to engage ELs in academic conversations around big ideas across the curriculum.

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Administrator(s), IU TaC/other(s), ESL Teachers, Institution of Higher Education Representatives

Topics Covered: English Learners

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Marci Davis


Victor Rodriguez

Additional Info

This event is for teams of up to 5 only.  Teams must include a minimum of 2 professionals that include one ESL and one content or Special Education Teacher. To establish a team, please contact Marci Davis at

Attending supplemental follow-up sessions is strongly recommended. 
A virtual coaching session will be held via webinar November 21, 2019 from 2:30 PM to 4 PM. 
A team implementation plan sharing meeting will be held virtually December 5, 2019 from 2:30 PM - 4 PM.