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Strategies for Supporting English Learners in a Readers Workshop

Presented By Lindsey Moses

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Date and Time

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:00pm to 5:15pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


This series is focused on supporting multilingual learners in the reading workshop in virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face contexts. It provides a broad introduction to multilingual learners, language proficiency levels, and general ideas for modifications and instructional supports for purposeful literacy instruction. The webinar addresses the structure of the reading workshop and common questions about differentiation and classroom routines.

The four sessions include practical instructional ideas for planning and supporting multilingual learners through each component of the reading workshop: planning, whole-group and small-group instruction, guided learning experiences, and reflection and sharing. Each component of the reading workshop includes a brief overview with relevant and supporting research. This is accompanied by instructional ideas and examples from the classroom implementation. Suggested children's literature titles and student samples are included to support instructional strategies. The classroom examples and instructional ideas will include primary and intermediate classrooms and lessons related to poetry, fiction, and informational text. Assessment and differentiation considerations according to language proficiency level are included.

Learning Objectives

SESSION 1: Multilingual learners and reading

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding about multilingual learners' backgrounds and educational experiences
  • Participants will learn the stages of language proficiency and characteristics of multilingual learners
  • Participants will be introduced to the top five research-based tips for supporting multilingual learners in a reading workshop

SESSION 2: Structure, planning, and whole-group instruction for multilingual learners

  • Participants will be introduced to the structure of a reading workshop for multilingual learners: units of study, teacher-guided lessons/minilessons, independent reading with choice, small-group instruction, and sharing
  • Participants will be presented with options for schedules and getting their reading workshop established. Building on this framework, participants will learn about planning, conferring, and assessing multilingual learners in their classrooms
  • Participants will learn techniques for supporting whole-group anchor lessons with read-alouds

SESSION 3: Guided learning experiences and small-group instruction for multilingual learners

  • Participants will be introduced to purposeful guided learning experiences for multilingual learners during the independent workshop time
  • Participants will be presented with suggestions for planning and specific ideas for instruction with primary and intermediate examples of instruction focused on fiction and informational text. Classroom examples and suggested children's literature titles will be included
  • Participants will understand the purpose for and instructional techniques supporting guided reading and word work small groups

SESSION 4: Discussion groups, language development groups, reflection, and sharing

  • Participants will be presented with suggestions and classroom examples to assist with planning and supporting discussion groups with multilingual learners
  • Participants will learn how to facilitate language development groups for multilingual learners
  • Participants will understand the importance of and instructional possibilities for supporting reflection and sharing with multilingual learners

About the Presenter

Lindsey Moses is an associate professor of literacy education at Arizona State University. A former elementary teacher, Lindsey works with classroom teachers across the country and internationally, supporting the implementation of effective literacy instruction in diverse settings. Her research focuses on elementary literacy instruction and multilingual learners. She is the coauthor of Comprehension and English Language Learners and What Are the Rest of My Kids Doing? Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop and author of Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop, which provides research-based, teacher-tested instructional ideas that facilitate success for diverse learners.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-6; literacy coaches; reading and language arts specialists; teaching English to speakers of other languages, English as a second language, multilingual learner teachers and coaches; curriculum coordinators; and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this four-part webinar series is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/27/2021-05/18/2021 - Starts April 27, 2021- 4:00-5:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 04/27/2021 - 05/18/2021* Where: Online

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