Special Interest Group:


September 2018 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Kendra Seitz:

Welcome to the MITESOL K-12 Special Interest Group page! This webpage is a place to share quality resources with one another. If you have suggestions or feedback, please email me at kseitz@rochester.k12.mi.us.

For more regular updates, follow me on Twitter: @kendraseitz.

 -- Kendra Seitz

2018 WIDA Annual Conference

Cobo Convention Center, Detroit, MI

October 23-26, 2018

This year’s annual WIDA conference will be held in Michigan, at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit from October 23-26, 2018. The conference theme is Schools and Communities Empowering One Another. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Site.

Don't miss this year's speakers at the

MITESOL Conference K-12 SIG Meeting!

Kelly Alvarez is an English Learner Educational Consultant for Michigan Department of Education in the Office of the Special Populations Unit. She has extensive experience as a dual language immersion teacher, as a principal, and as a Director of School Innovation focused on getting improved results for students of color and English Learners. She is passionate about culturally responsive teaching and improving instruction for English Learners in both elementary and secondary settings. Kelly’s undergraduate work was focused on elementary education, mathematics, science, and English Learners. She holds a master’s degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education with an administrator endorsement.

Jennifer Paul is the Michigan Department of Education’s English Learner (EL) and Accessibility Assessment Specialist who works to improve access to the content of Michigan’s assessments through continuous advancement of accessibility options for ELs and all special populations of students. Jen’s experiences in the classroom and at an intermediate school district drove her passion for improving the educational system for ELs and for the educators of these students. During Jen’s 9 years at MDE her concern for underrepresented students and knowledge of assessment has provided her many national publication opportunities through organizations such as the Council of Chief State School Officers. She has additionally garnered external leadership opportunities across national assessment consortium such as serving as Smarter Balanced’s Assistant Director of Supports for Under-Represented Students and actively serving as a member of WIDA’s Executive Committee. Jen holds a BA in English, Spanish, and teaching certificates from Kalamazoo College, a MA in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, a MA in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University. 

Strategy Spotlight

ESL Lesson Videos - Get Inspired!

Colorin Colorado

Classroom videos highlighting effective instruction of ELs

Teaching Channel

Variety of lesson videos for K-12

WIDA Lesson Videos

WIDA content winners, featuring educators providing quality opportunities for language development and content learning

Book Recommendation

No More Low Expectations for English Learners

By Julie Nora and Jan Echevarria

“In No More Low Expectations for English Learners, esteemed EL Researcher Jan Echevarria argues that teacher attitude affects student achievement, and describes what best practice method for supporting English learners’ academic achievement look like. Julie Nora, an educator and advocate, offers strategies to provide the instructional supports English learners need for both language acquisition 

                                                and content-area learning.”

This book is a quick read and is easily accessible for mainstream classroom teachers. Great for a staff book study.

Web Resources - Lesson Planning

Common Lit

Free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms.


Great educational videos with lots of visual supports.

Subscription needed.

News ELA

Current events for students. Texts available at multiple reading levels.

Read Works

Differentiated reading passages.


Create illustrated word banks.

Reading A-Z

Differentiated reading passages.

Subscription needed.

#IamMITESOL K-12 Feature

Barbara Gottschalk is an English language acquisition teacher at Susick Elementary in Warren Consolidated Schools, a public school district in metro Detroit. She has taught in Japan as well as in five states in three very different parts of the country. At Susick, she has written and implemented many grants to fund field trips, assemblies, service learning projects, and arts in education residencies. This has helped all of Susick’s ELLs, both economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students, improve at a rate over 10% points higher than the state average. Her book, Get Money for Your Classroom: Easy Grant Writing Ideas that Work, will be published by Routledge in November, 2017.


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