Improving Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners

Education Northwest offers professional development that helps teachers incorporate research-based strategies for English language learners (ELL) into mathematics instruction. Workshops and follow-up sessions highlight the congruence between research on effective mathematics instruction and research on best practices for ELL students, promoting the success of these students in mathematics classrooms.


This service can be customized for teachers, paraprofessionals, and principals who deliver mathematics content to ELL students.

What Participants Will Learn

  • Effective mathematics instructional practices identified by current research
  • Sheltered instruction strategies applied to mathematics
  • Models that facilitate collaboration among teachers focused on improving mathematics teaching and learning for ELL students


This professional development experience is delivered through a series of workshops over the course of the school year.

Continuing Services

Follow-up implementation support can be provided through one of the following formats:

  • Video study group meetings facilitated on site by an Education Northwest staff member, in which teachers examine and discuss videotapes of their own classroom instruction
  • Lesson study groups, facilitated by an Education Northwest staff member, in which teachers collaboratively plan, teach, observe, and refine mathematics lessons incorporating sheltered instruction