Developing Educator Expertise to Work with English Learners (concurrent sessions will be conducted separately for grades 4-12 ELA/social studies and mathematics teachers)

Target Audience: Grades 4-12 teachers of English Learners, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches who have not attended QTEL professional development in previous years.


Objective: To develop the capacity of teachers to design and enact quality learning oppor­tunities for English Learners. Educators will support all of their students in engaging in quality interactions that simultaneously develop deep conceptual understandings and disciplinary language.


Participants in the mathematics session will learn:

  • How to determine the academic rigor, or cognitive demand, of a mathematical task.

  • How to enact pedagogical scaffolding that is both designed-in and contingent.

  • How to employ a lesson architecture that supports English Learners in developing deeper conceptual understanding as their uses of language simultaneously deepen and broaden.

  • How to sustain a language focus in productive ways that deepen students’ language choices and autonomy over time.


Participants in the ELA session will learn:

  • How to support students in acquiring the needed conceptual, analytic, and language practices they need to succeed in grades 4-12 language arts/literacy classrooms.

  • How to develop students’ autonomy to read, discuss and write about informational and narrative texts in multiple scenarios.

  • How to build teacher expertise in engaging students in close and careful reading of com­plex texts by participating in authentic performance tasks.

  • How to use the QTEL approach to design lesson and/or unit plans that incorporate mul­tiple scaffolding tasks to support students’ acquisition of standards-based content and academic language to access grade level texts.


October 18-19 & 25-26, 2019


8:30am- 3:30pm



UTA Fort Worth

1401 Jones St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102


$1,550 per participant

Each participant  will receive one set of instructional materials, handouts and a book.

Coffee will be served in the mornings.