Teacher Leadership for School-Wide English Learning (SWEL): Setting the Stage for Success

Tuesday, 23 March 2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time

Target Audience: English language educators and administrators in pre-K–12, adult, and postsecondary settings

Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Wouldn't it be amazing if everyone in your school or institution knew how to best support your English learners? In this online workshop based on Teacher Leadership for School-Wide English Learning (SWEL) by Benegas and Stolpestad, learn about the framework and resources you can use to enact the SWEL coaching model in your pre-K-12, adult, or postsecondary setting. Discuss the skills, knowledge, and dispositions educators need to teach English learners, as well as what you need to facilitate learning with and among teaching colleagues and administrators.


As a result of attending this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Capitalize on your own expertise in language learning and teaching in order to support general education colleagues through a teacher leadership model. 
  • Utilize the SWEL Peer Coaching Principles and practice applying each principle through role-play and non-evaluative, dialogic coaching conversation simulations. 
  • Facilitate professional development for colleagues with adult learning and research-based practices in mind. 
  • Differentiate for the professional development needs of your colleagues in order to teach them how to attend to language development in their instruction and assessment.

REGISTRATION—Register by 5 pm ET on 19 March!

Registration Type 

Early: 1 Feb

Advance: 1 Mar

After 1 March

TESOL Member and Nonmember




You do not have to register for the full TESOL convention to attend this workshop, but you do have to register for the workshop through the convention registration form.‚Äč Please use the Registration button near the top of this page.

If you already registered for the TESOL 2021 Convention, you can modify your registration and add this workshop to your registration. You will find the link to modify your registration on the confirmation email. 


Michelle Benegas2
Michelle Benegas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Hamline University. In her work with teachers and schools, she promotes a model in which ESL teachers serve as site-based experts and coaches to their colleagues. Her research interests include ESL teacher leadership, teacher leader identity, and systemic approaches to improving EL services.
Amy O'Connor Stolpestad
Amy O'Connor Stolpestad, Ed.D., currently serves as the director of The ELM Project and also consults with local, regional, state, and higher education institutions. Stolpestad is a Minnesota licensed K-12 ESL teacher and experienced teacher educator. Her research interests include teacher leadership, instructional coaching, teacher identity, and organizational change management.