English as a Second Language (ESL)

VIRTUAL-ESL Networking and Professional Development Meetings

The role of the English as Second Language (ESL) is evolving especially with supporting English Language Leaners (ELL) with the Common Core Standards. ESL teachers have had considerable training in such areas as second language acquisition, linguistics, language pedagogy and methodology, and language and literacy development. Content teachers can benefit from the guidance of ESL teachers to effectively teach ELs, who are at varying levels of English language proficiency to build content area skills.

During these networking sessions, the English as Second Language (ESL) teachers will learn the latest news from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, WIDA, PaTTAN, learn about effective instructional practices to support ELs in the content area classrooms, building collaboration with content area teachers, and acquire many resources to support literacy learning. Teachers will have a chance to network and share with other ESL teachers across the three county area and also invite an administrator, coordinator, and/or classroom teachers.

These workshop sessions will focus on the Four Domains of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and how it relates to the ESL teacher.

All workshop sessions will be virtual.

Information about each session will be sent the morning of the virtual session.

Please check your email for the link and directions for accessing the virtual meeting.


Day 1-October 29, 2015

Day 2-January 29, 2016

Day 3-May 9, 2016

All meetings will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

First ESL Meeting Scheduled

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 1-3pm

This is an online event.

Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Registration Information

ACT 48

2 hours

Cost Per Session


Deadline for registration is two days before each virtual session. If for some reason you cannot attend and do not cancel your registration before the day of the event you will be charged the full amount.

Please access Edulink registration below. If you do not have an Edulink account please create one before registering.

Any questions about registration and virtual access please contact Denise Lemmon, Secretary to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at 724-458-6700 x 1217 or denise.lemmon@miu4.org

Any questions about the sessions please contact Marilyn Goodrich, TAC, at 724-458-6700 x 1290 or marilyn.goodrich@miu4.org

Inclement Weather & Special Accommodations

In case of inclement weather, please call MIU IV prior to your departure to hear changes, if any, to the day's schedule. Call 1-800-942-8035 x 1370 or 724-458-6700 x 1370. All delays and/or cancellations will be recorded on the phone system no later than 6:30 A. M. on the day of the event and will be updated as needed.

If you would like to attend and require special accommodations, please telephone 724-458-6700 x 1217