How to Support Grades 7-12 English Language Learners (ELLs) in Algebra and Advanced Math

Speaker: Risa Wolfson


Webinar Description

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Advanced mathematics is the gateway to college and future achievement for all middle school and high school students, no matter what their future plans may be.

For English Language Learners (ELLs),  making it through this gateway is especially challenging because of the need for support in everyday and academic language.

Join Risa Wolfson for a 90-minute webinar on how you can help ELL students succeed in grades 7-12 math by differentiating and scaffolding your math lessons.  Risa will share strategies and activities to help your ELL students better understand functions and their multiple representations. She will guide you in balancing the content and pedagogy of your lessons so that you can engage your students as they gain a secure footing in math. These strategies also are valuable for any student that struggles with math!

Webinar Topics:

  • Creating math lessons for culturally diverse learners
  • Strategies for developing the academic language students will need for math
  • Checking and assessing student understanding in your mathematics lesson
  • Do’s and dont’s for communicating mathematical ideas to ELLs
  • How to use and connect multiple representations for understanding
  • Understanding and interpreting functions as a relationship between two quantities
  • Building and analyzing linear functions in context, using different representations

About the Speaker

risa-wolfsonRisa Wolfson is an independent education consultant and a mathematics specialist at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught in public and private high schools and worked with a wide range of students including at-risk/dropout prevention, special needs, English language learners and gifted and talented. In addition to classroom experience in Florida and California, she has conducted professional development workshops for K-12 teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and in New York City. Risa also is an experienced mentor and coach to middle and high school teachers, with a focus on strategies for engaging all learners.


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