Academic MTSS MS Literacy Focus: Implementing “Word Generation” to Enhance Language Skills

Quality Education for English Learners: 50 Years of Development, Durable Ideas and Required Shifts

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Session Dates

Wednesday February 26, 2020 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM


This presentation reviews key themes in the education of English Learners across the last half century. Theoretical understandings, their impact, permanence, and the need to restructure ideas and practices will be key components. The argument will be made that while life and requirements for students to be community, college, and career ready have changed dramatically in the last 50 years, pedagogical practices have not kept up to pace. With illustrations from pedagogical materials and video clips notions such as sociocultural theory and the centrality of oral interaction in development, scaffolding, lesson design, and text complexity will be revised and put in perspective. Participants will leave the session being able to provide explanations of why interaction and meta processes are the engine that should drive the conceptual, analytic, and language practices of English Learners.


After the professional development participants will be able to:

  • List key components in a sociocultural approach to the academic development of English Learners
  • Explain scaffolding
  • Identify when teacher help does not constitute an instance of scaffolding
  • Name the three moments of a lesson

Target Audience

Word Generation Series Teams, Administrators, General and Special Education Teachers, ESL Providers, Reading Specialists, Speech/Language Therapists, Tiered Providers, Paraprofessionals

Topics Covered: Literacy

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Dr. Aida Walqui, Ph.D.

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp


Pam Kastner