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An Interactive Program for ESL and Mainstream PreK-12 Teachers and Administrators

​Saturday, 25 March 2017
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington, USA


TESOL invites all PreK–12 teachers and administrators to join a group of distinguished ESL experts for a day of interactive training at TESOL’s PreK–12 Day in Seattle, Washington, USA. 

PreK–12 Day is designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with English language learners (ELLs).

Sessions for 2017 focus on academic language, coteaching with mainstream teachers, advocating for ELLs, implementing standards, and much more. Participants enjoy a late-morning keynote by Kate Kinsella from San Francisco State University, followed by lunch. The day concludes with a panel discussion on teaching ELLs with special needs.

Keynote ​Presentation

KateKinsellaTools for Launching an Academic Competency–Focused Vocabulary Campaign

Presenter: Kate Kinsella, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

The detailed National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Vocabulary Report highlighted the dire need for K–12 schools to provide ELLs and youths from underresourced households with informed, consistent vocabulary instruction aligned with critical academic competencies such as comparing, making inferences, and describing causes and effects. Productive word knowledge, the ability to competently use a word in speech and writing, is pivotal to school and workplace reading comprehension, formal communication, and written response. Drawing on scholarship and extensive classroom experience, Dr. Kinsella introduces research-based instructional principles and practices to prepare mixed-ability classes for the vocabulary demands of text analysis, discussion, and written response. She provides a schema for prioritizing vocabulary for robust instruction and illustrates informed word selection with practice texts. She demonstrates explicit instruction of high-utility word families (e.g., compare/comparison), underscoring competent academic communication, and explains how to design application tasks and formative assessments that deepen productive word knowledge. Participants observe video footage and review sample lessons, note-taking guide formats, and competency-aligned word lists to establish a program-wide high-utility vocabulary initiative.

Click here to download handout from Kate Kinsella's keynote presentation.

Panel Discussion

Serving ELLs With Special Needs

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction convened ELL and special education expert practitioners to amend state policies and guidance to better serve the state’s ELLs with special needs. Members of this group share the policy changes, effective instructional practices, and resources to support districts.

Patty Finnegan, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, Washington, USA; Steve Gill, Kent School District, Kent, Washington, USA; Allyson Kemp, Highline School District, Burien, Washington, USA; Gretchen Fleming, Edmonds School District, Edmonds, Washington, , USA; Catherine Collier, CrossCultural Developmental Education Services, Ferndale, Washington, USA


A: Dual Language and Multilingualism, and Refugee Concerns
B: Coteaching, Collaboration, and Coaching 
C: Content Classroom and ELLs
D: Administration
E: Advocating for ELLs and Family Engagement
F: Hot Topics

View the Detailed Schedule


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TESOL PreK-12 Day​ Event Partner