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Webinar: ELL Strategies for Digital Learning

September 21, 2020 | Dan LaFountain |

Last year, Digital Promise hosted our first-ever professional learning webinar, and it made #1 that week. This year, we are returning with an even more popular session. It focuses on research-based academic language learning strategies that can mitigate the distance learning gap for ELLs across content areas.

Who Should Attend?

K-12 teachers of English Learners, and school and district leaders concerned about the equity gap for ELLs

When Is It?

Wednesday, Sept. 30th at 4PM Eastern /  5PM Central Time

How Do I Sign Up?

The cost is FREE, but spacing is limited. Please register in advance:

Register here
Qualifies for an EdWeb CE Certificate.

Webinar Title

English Learners: Strategies for Digital Learning and the Language of Academic Content

Webinar Description

Digital teaching and learning present unique challenges for all educators and students, but especially for English learners. How will they acquire the content-based academic language they need to succeed? What supports are available for digital learning? How can we transfer in-school strategies to digital environments? Our speakers will share research-based learning strategies and supports that address learner variability, the shift to digital, and the specific challenges and opportunities for English learners.
In this webinar, speakers will:
  • Provide a framework for teaching the language of content, with a focus on math and science examples.
  • Examine how to translate word walls, manipulatives, sentence frames, and many other research-based strategies to a digital-learning environment.
  • Better understand the importance of family-teacher-student partnerships to help learning happen.
  • Explore researched-based factors of learning that have an impact on all English learners.


Mara Álvarez-Delgado, M.Ed., Dual Language Specialist, Wimbish World Language Academy, TX
Ben Grimley, CEO and Co-Founder, Speak Agent
Medha Tare, Ph.D., Director of Research, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise


Barbara Pape, Policy and Communications Director, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise 


Dan LaFountain

Written by Dan LaFountain

Dan is Chief Learning Officer at Speak Agent, Inc. As a STEM and ELL teacher with 22 years in edtech curriculum development, Dan was integral to the launch of LEGO Mindstorms and the LEGO Education brand. He co-founded Speak Agent to address the achievement gap for marginalized learners, pioneering a unique Content+Language integration approach based on current Learning Sciences research.