Multilingual Learners at the Forefront

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Multilingual Learners at the Forefront

Join our online foundational mini-institute to dive deep into our research-based guidelines for high-quality instructional materials.

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Multilingual Learners at the Forefront: 5 Areas of Focus for Math, Science, and ELA Curriculum Design

Professional Learning for Content Developers (Virtual)

Date: Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST / 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST / [4 hours over 2 days + 30 minutes prework]

Cost: $500 per person/ $375 per person for teams of 3 or more

Audience: Content developers, especially encouraged are content designers, leads, and writers. Teams of 3 - 4 are strongly recommended.

At ELSF, we believe that every multilingual student should engage in learning that allows them to thrive academically. To achieve this vision, we partner with content developers interested in designing or refining core learning materials that include the assets and needs of multilingual learners. Our upcoming mini-institute for content developers is an example of that partnership.

Join us in this 4-hour virtual foundational institute to dive deep into our research-based guidelines for high-quality instructional materials inclusive of multilingual learners. Participants will walk away with concrete knowledge of how to incorporate ELSF’s Guidelines in their instructional materials and identify their highest-leverage improvement areas.


  • Learn about the research base for the design of the guidelines
  • Gain knowledge and interact with ELSF’s Math, Science, or ELA guidelines in order to understand the architecture and the content and how they work together to support multilingual students in accessing grade-level content
  • Co-construct emerging examples or prototypes in instructional materials that are representative of core concepts in the Guidelines
  • Self-assess participants' current instructional materials and development processes against the Guidelines in order to evaluate their strengths and areas of growth. Participants can also make comparisons between their theory of action and ELSF’s


  • Welcome: Introductions, background, goals
  • Share current research and learnings about what states, districts and teachers want from their instructional materials.
  • Compare current thinking with ELSF’s research-backed understandings
  • Dive deeper into the ELSF Guidelines for math, science, or ELA content area
  • Co-construct prototype examples for each area of focus within your teams
  • Within teams, self-assess participant's current products against ELSF’s Guidelines to identify the greatest strengths and areas of need
  • Reflection on key learnings from this institute and identify next steps


  • Understand current thinking and how it relates to research-based practices
  • Dive deep into the structure and content of ELSF’s Guidelines in ELA, Math, and Science
  • Explore examples of ELSF’s Guidelines in materials
  • Co-construct examples within content areas
  • Self-assess participant’s materials to highlight areas of improvement


  • Leyla Bravo, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, English Learners Success Forum
  • Jack Dieckmann, Project Manager, English Learners Success Forum
  • Crystal Gonzales, Executive Director, English Learners Success Forum
  • Colette Kang, EL Expert & ELSF consultant and Instructional Teacher Leader, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Calif.
  • Renae Skarin, Senior Director, Content, English Learners Success Forum
  • Lauren Stoll, EL Expert & ELSF consultant, SCALE Science, Stanford University