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Multilingual Learners 101


Do you have English Learners in your class and wonder how to meet their learning needs?  

Join us as we explore the basics of teaching students for whom English is a second or other language. No matter what grade level or content area you teach, this one-day workshop will provide you with both foundational information about language acquisition and use-it-tomorrow classroom strategies. 

Over the course of this interactive workshop, we will explore how multilingual learners acquire social and academic language and literacy. We will learn how to build background knowledge, identify and teach academic language, and provide language and reading practice across the content areas. We’ll also take a look at how to embed culturally responsive instruction into all of our lessons.  

Come join us for a day of learning with your colleagues from across Virginia! 


  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 
  • 9 am – 3 pm; Registration opens at 8:30 am
  • Location: William & Mary School of Education PDC 


  • General, ESL, and Special Education Teachers (grades 1-8)
  • Register as an individual teacher or consider registering as an instructional team (grade level, vertical, or a team of classroom teachers, specialists, & ESL teachers). 


  • $200 per teacher for SURN divisions 
  • $250 per teacher for non-SURN divisions 
  • Includes continental breakfast and lunch


Joy Martin, M.Ed., is the Professional Learning Designer and Coach for the School-University Resource Network (SURN) at William & Mary. Prior to joining SURN, she taught English as a Foreign Language in China and English as a Second Language to elementary multilingual learners. Joy has held leadership positions in multiple school systems in Virginia and has served as adjunct faculty, university supervisor, and ESL Summer Institute Director in the ESL/Bilingual Education Program at William & Mary.  

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