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Register for 2020 Summer Institutes: Learn effective strategies for teaching English learner students with disabilities to foster inclusive schools, June 9–10, in New York, NY

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Update: WestEd recognizes that the COVID-19 global pandemic is causing disruptions to normal planning for many schools and districts around the nation. At this time, we do plan to host summer learning opportunities and will adjust our approach to respond to evolving conditions. We put the health and safety of our clients and staff first and foremost.

Join WestEd expert facilitators for the annual professional development institutes for educators focused on meeting the unique needs of English learners, students with disabilities, and dual-identified students (ELSWD).

This two-day summer institute will address common misconceptions about teaching English learners and students with disabilities, and provide effective, research-based strategies that can be integrated into instructional planning across grade levels and content areas, at all levels of language proficiency.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to identify misconceptions about ELSWDs and to differentiate the learning and behavioral characteristics of ELs and students with disabilities
  • The role of multi-tiered system of supports in the identification of and instructional planning for ELSWD
  • The importance of collaboration in the continuum of ELSWD services
  • The elements of good instruction for diverse learners including the Universal Design for Learning instructional framework and research-based practices
  • A lesson-tuning protocol to apply strategies for teaching diverse learners and create an action plan to apply new learning to future professional practice
  • How to problem solve and practice new skills through collaborative lesson planning with peers
  • Collaborate and learn practical strategies associated with school improvement efforts related to the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, particularly focusing on effective Culture Shift and Instructional Transformation, to create lasting programmatic change

Who Should Attend?

Districts and schools are encouraged to send teams of educators, including:

  • English learner experts
  • Special education experts
  • School administrators
  • Any classroom teachers working with ELs
  • School psychologists and specialists

The institute comes with:

  • Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks
  • A copy of the book, English Language Learners: Differentiating Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities, by Janette Klinger and Amy Eppolito
  • Access to online resources designed to support instructional practices throughout the school year, including two recorded webinars

Participants will also have the opportunity to obtain one unit of graduate-level credit.

Register to attend the upcoming Summer Institute in New York.

Participant Feedback:

“I learned how to recognize the different learning needs of students with disabilities and English language learners. The strategies shared will help both groups.”

“I learned about making instruction intentional and meaningful for ELSWD students.”

“I learned that collaboration is necessary for teachers to implement the right supports for all students.”

“The institute allowed to see where principals and teachers are in the collaboration continuum.”

“I learned about the overlap into practice and principles between High Leverage Practices, and best practices for English learners with disabilities.”

Institute Fees: 

The cost of attending this year’s summer institute is $989 per participant

Early Bird: $891 per participant if registering before April 30, 2020

Team Discount: 10% discount for teams of three (teams must register together)

Lunch and snacks included daily

For more information, contact Silvia DeRuvo at sderuvo@WestEd.org.

Learn how you can schedule a customized English Learners with Disabilities: Challenges, Strategies, and Tools for Inclusive Schools workshop at your school or district.

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Professional Development


June 9–10th, 2020


320 31st Street, NY, NY, 10001


Administrators, Teacher Educators, Teachers