How to Engage and Support K-6 English Language Learners in Math


Speaker: Grace Dávila Coates


Webinar Description

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If math is a universal language, why do your K-6 English Language Learners (ELLs) wear such perplexed looks in math class?

Focused as you are on teaching math, you forget how much conversational and academic language students need to solve word problems, follow instructions, and use mathematical vocabulary correctly.  You know that you should provide ELL students with more language support, but how do you do it without disrupting instruction for  other students and without placing impossible demands on yourself?

Join Grace Dávila Coates for a webinar on research-based strategies to support ELLs  as they build conceptual understanding in math.  These strategies will help all your students develop academic language and become more engaged in math!

Webinar Topics

  • What are the issues that might keep ELL students from participating?
  • The Importance of conversational language in math instruction
  • Strategies for developing academic language
  • How to use concrete materials to carry the meaning of mathematical ideas
  • Assessing students’ writing in mathematics with differentiated scoring
  • The important role of metacognitive processing in supporting ELLs in math


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About the Speaker

Grace Dávila Coates

Grace Dávila Coates is the former director of FAMILY MATH at the University of California-Berkeley, an international program that brings families together to investigate mathematical ideas, raise awareness of the role of mathematics in education, and increase mathematics understanding and appreciation.

Grace is the primary author of Family Math for Young Children and Family Math II: Achieving Success in Mathematics.  She is also a co-author of the best-selling book English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom.  She has designed many professional development models used statewide, nationally, and internationally, focusing on the needs of English learners in mathematics.

Grace has presented at local, state, and international conferences and has published numerous articles on mathematics education, English learners, family involvement, and language development.  Grace has been a bilingual classroom teacher in grades pre-K- 8 and a mathematics educator for 24 years.

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