Professional Development


Educational Research Newsletter Webinars

  • Best Practices For Building and Assessing Students' Academic Vocabulary: RTI Strategies For Content Learning with Eli Johnson
  • Teaching Practices That Really Work With English Language Learners with Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski


English Language Learners in Mathematics – Patterning and Algebra” DVD February 2015

Math Solutions

  • Supporting ELLs in Math, Grades K–5 Four sessions presented by Kathy Melanese and Rusty Bresser. Designed by experts in ELL instruction, these webinars provide teachers of grades K–5 with models of lessons modified to support ELLs, and a step-by-step approach to adapt lessons and deepen mathematical understanding.
  • Supporting-English-Language-Learners-in-Math-Class--Grades-6–8.jpgSupporting ELLs in Math, Grades 6–8 Two 90-minute sessions provide an in-depth presentation of strategies and techniques to help English Language Learners develop their mathematical understanding and improve their academic English proficiency. Presented by Kathy Melanese, Dr. Luz Chung, and Dr. Cheryl Forbes.
  • Supporting English Language Learners In Math Class: A Multimedia Professional Learning Resource in Grades K-5 by Rusty Bresser, Carolyn Felux, Kathy Melanese, and Christine Sphar: Use this resource in mainstream classrooms to meet the challenge of simultaneously improving students’ mastery of mathematics and advancing their academic language development. This multimedia resource helps schools implement effective instructional practices that create sustainable results for English language learners.
    • Components
      • Watch classrooms in action with real-life footage of students and teachers using effective strategies from the included two-book series.
      • Read lessons and research-based best practices for teaching mathematics to English language learners.
      • Discuss effective techniques and model lessons using the Facilitator’s Guide. Provide ongoing, site-based coaching with questions to guide viewing and reading, follow-up activities, and reproducibles.
      This resource is available in the Yukon Education Teachers' Professional Library


Teaching Channel

  • Building Vocabulary: Memory Feeds Imagination with Amy Tan
    Move concept words into students' memories with paint chip word collections. See how Sara Brown Wessling supports high school students with concept word cards in this short video from Teaching Channel:



Educational Research Newsletter Webinar (Corresponding Resources)


Math Solutions

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)



Yukon Education

5 Principles For Teaching Content to English Language Learners

Dr. Jim Cummins on Academic and Conversational Language

Mary Ellen Vogt onLanguage Acquisition