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Trending: English Learner Teaching Models Driven by Research — Summer Conference

This June, hear directly from leading researchers about a growing national and international trend:


Teaching and learning models driven by key sociolinguistic and sociocultural research indicate that English Learners—and, in fact, all students—can and do learn concepts, critical thinking, and language simultaneously when given the right support and purposeful social interactions.


An emerging research-based model, sometimes called Quality Interactions or Critical Dialogic Interaction, is expanding in a growing number of school systems, including some across the United Kingdom, Australia, Central America, and North America.


The model involves purposely inviting students—regardless of the level of English they have developed —into scaffolded opportunities that involve learning and growing through social processes of apprenticeship. Through the model, an increasing number of students are succeeding in school—gaining academic skills without falling behind due to language challenges.


Researchers from the National R&D Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners are studying this model and iteratively improving upon it based on classroom experiences. They are also developing related tools for educators and educator developers, which they expect to release over the next 2 years.


This June 17–18, researchers from the National R&D Center will join other national and international experts, leading practitioners, educators, and educator developers to explore oracy development models and contextual factors that enhance the opportunity for English Learners to be reclassified and to enjoy a quality and equitable education.


The conference, Reconceptualizing the Development of Educator Expertise for a Multilingual, Intercultural Future, is open for registration. Preservice and in-service educators, educator developers, researchers, and English Learner program administrators are encouraged to attend.

  • Attendees will discuss cutting edge research intended to advance learning opportunities and outcomes for English Learners at both secondary and elementary levels.

  • Participants will also have the chance to reflect, work with others, and consider adapting ideas presented to their own contexts.

  • Presenters who will share their latest research include Center researchers Amanda Kibler, Karen Thompson, Ilana Umansky, and Aída Walqui; national experts Nelson Flores, Mari Haneda, Tatyana Kleyn, and Diego Román; and international colleagues Pauline Jones, Luis Enrique López, Alice Stott, and Victor Zúñiga.

Join us! Space is limited.


Dates and Times

June 17 and 18, 2024

Breakfast: 8:30 AM

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM daily


Registration: $300 per person

Breakfast and lunch included daily


555 SW Morrison St, Suite 200

Portland, OR 97204


AC Hotel Portland downtown

888 SW Third Avenue,

Portland, OR, 97204

WestEd has a hotel block contract with AC Hotel Portland Downtown.

You can book your room here.

The cut-off date to book is May 17, 2024.

Earliest Reservation Start Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024

Latest Reservation End Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024



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