Scaffolding Learning through Language Workshop

This two-day workshop provides educators with a fresh look at how to engage multilingual learners in rigorous content area learning with a balance of challenge and support. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage educators to consider a dynamic set of classroom practices that support multilingual students as they move toward increasing independence and expertise in grade-level content. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum within the content of meaningful experiences contributes to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning.


  • valuing students' resources for learning
  • developing a strong community of learners
  • engaging students in rigorous curriculum

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Connect workshop learning to a shared experience
  • Engage in making meaning together through readings, videos, and discussions
  • Draw on and build on their own experiences
  • Reflect on their classroom practices.


This workshop is designed for all educators of multilingual learners. It provides a great opportunity for teams who work with the same language learners to collaborate.

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of scaffolding practices based on prior knowledge, new learning, and shared experience.
  • Build awareness of macro- and micro-scaffolding practices that apprentice students into language use for content area learning.
    • Consider how students’ resources can support collaborative learning.
    • Recognize the importance of establishing a collaborative community of learners that moves forward and upward together.
    • Examine ways to engage students in exploring language use for content learning.

Event information

Two Days
35 Participant Maximum

Interested in bringing this workshop to your school or district?