Wabash Valley Education Center

*Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Scaffolding Instruction and Teaching Academic Language to ELs

In this interactive, full-day workshop, lead author Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner will facilitate a session on scaffolding instruction and teaching academic language to English Learners (ELs). Participants will define scaffolding and explore three categories of scaffolding using hands-on activities. They will also apply research-based strategies for selecting academic vocabulary for ELs and try out supporting ELs’ academic language development at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. Finally, they will collaborate to analyze a text and develop a scaffolded lesson plan around it that integrates academic language so that ELs and other students who need support with academic language will benefit.


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Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D. is the president of SupportEd. Diane is an author of four books on EL education. Her most recent book is the best-selling Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible (2017) (co-authored with SupportEd Principal Associate Dr. Sydney Snyder). Her two other Corwin books are Evaluating ALL Teachers of English Learners and Students with Disabilities: Supporting Great Teaching (2015) and the best-selling Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators (2014). She is a blogger on EL instructional strategies for the Colorín Colorado website and a frequent keynote presenter on EL advocacy, leadership, and strategies at state conferences across North America


Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)

Location: Wabash Valley Education Center

Cost: $165.00/member or $330/non-member*

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana ESC. Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.
**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 12/3/2019 9:00 AM EST

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Wabash Valley Education Center

3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906