March Spotlight on Teaching English Learners

For Diverse Learners

6+1 Trait® Writing Workshops

How do you scaffold instruction for diverse learners—including English learners—so that all students become more confident writers?

Our new customized, onsite workshop addresses this challenge with evidence-based and easy-to-implement strategies that work with your students and curriculum.

Northwest Matters Blog

A Framework for Supporting English Learner Students’ Language Development

By Tim Blackburn | March 15, 2018

Part 2 of our "Language in the Air" series goes into greater detail on Ontario School District's approach to providing their English learner students with meaningful opportunities throughout the school day to practice their emerging language.

If you are thinking about what English learner students in your school or district might need to be able to access grade-level texts and express their understanding, the concepts and concrete steps in Ontario's framework are a great place to start. For more information, email Tim Blackburn or call 503.275.9485..

Professional Learning

Education Northwest has deep experience working with education systems to develop and implement professional learning tailored specifically to the needs of your school or district. We also have extensive experience working with English language development specialists.


We can help you design English learner programs that address the needs of your school or district. We also provide consultation services to support the implementation and evaluation of your English learner programs.

Instructional Coaching

We work closely with teachers and language development specialists to build their capacity and skills so that their English learner students make meaning of classroom content and learn the academic language needed to succeed in school.

Federal Projects

REL Northwest

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the nation dedicated to improving the use of research and data in policy and classroom practice. REL Northwest is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Northwest Comprehensive Center

The NWCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies in the Northwest states. Our work focuses on the priorities of educator effectiveness and school improvement.

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