Approximately 4.5 million English learners are enrolled in the nation’s public schools, and over 40 percent of teachers have English learners in their classrooms. Academically, these students face huge challenges.
WestEd’s services help educators and policymakers increase support for their students who must master academic content and the English language simultaneously.
English Language and Literacy Acceleration (ELLA)
ELLA is a research-based professional development program that improves academic literacy instruction for pre-K through 8th grade students.
Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development
Register for customized on-site Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) teacher and leadership support professional development that fits your schedule.
The Map of Standards for English Learners Workshop
This workshop introduces to California teachers simple, practical ways to address English language development and English language arts standards.
Alignment, Linkage, and Crosswalk Studies of Standards and Assessments
WestEd helps states and districts better understand their assessment and standards systems for all their students.
Bridging Cultures Between Home and School Institute
Learn how to design and implement programs that address the needs of underserved cultural, linguistic, and racial student groups.
Discussion Builders Workshop
This one-day workshop is ideal for K–8 teachers who would like to help students with diverse academic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds participate in, and successfully learn from, discussion-based lessons.
English Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support
Learn how to evaluate performance, improve practices, and integrate federal accountability requirements into local accountability systems.
Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners Professional Development
Participants enhance their knowledge and skills to differentiate instruction and assessment for diverse learners, particularly English learners, thereby giving all students universal, equitable access to a rigorous mathematics curriculum.
Making Sense of SCIENCE
Learn how to implement Understanding Science professional development courses in your school, district, local education agency, university, or school reform organization.
Math Pathways & Pitfalls Institute
Teachers attending this institute will learn ways to help students overcome pitfalls, boost learning of key mathematics standards, and develop academic language. The institutes also highlight crucial strategies for working with diverse learners.
QTEL Summer Institutes: Quality Teaching for English Learners in the Era of New Standards
Quality Teaching for English Learners Institutes will deepen and broaden your understanding of pedagogy and your repertoire of practices to work with English language learners.
Teaching English Learners and Students with Learning Difficulties in the Inclusive Classroom
This workshop will teach you how to successfully differentiate, or personalize, instruction for all diverse learners in your classrooms.
The Making Science Accessible to English Learners Professional Development
Workshop participants engage in a hands-on, student-centered model lesson as they learn research-based teaching strategies for English learners.