IMG_6025_bQuality Teaching for English Learners Summer Institutes

The 2018 QTEL Summer Institutes will be held at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in  San Francisco the week of July 16, 2018. Institutes offerings will be coming soon.

Podcast: Teaching English Without Killing Intellectual Interest

In this podcast by UnboundEd, Aída Walqui discusses the state of English Language Learning teaching and learning today and what can be done to improve it.


2nd Annual Latino Education Summit: Silicon Valley

Aída Walqui will be offering the breakout session: Helping Students find their Voice: Exploring Civil Rights at the 2017 2nd Annual Latino Education Summit: Silicon Valley–Amplifying the Language of the Disciplines. The summit is presented by Santa Clara University Graduate School of Education and Counseling Psychology and The Foundation for Hispanic Education on Saturday, May 13, 2017.


QTEL Math Presentation at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting

Haiwen Chu will be presenting “Deepening Elementary Teacher Expertise to Engage ELs in Linguistic Practices for Mathematics” as part of the symposium Developing Linguistically-Responsive Standards-Based Reform for English Learners at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting on April 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Aída Walqui presented at TESOL 2017 International Convention & English Language Expo

Aída Walqui was invited to speak at this year’s TESOL International Convention & Language Expo that was held in Seattle Washington. Walqui presented “Shifts in ESL Teacher Professional Expertise for the 21st Century” on Wednesday March 22, 2017.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

Our QTEL team presented at the 2017 American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference that was held March 18-21 in Portland, Oregon.

Pre-conference special event: Applying a Sociocultural View of Second Language Learning District-Wide: The Portland Case
Aída Walqui and her Portland colleagues

A sociocultural/ecological approach in the development of teacher expertise to work with English Learners
Aída Walqui, WestEd

The apprenticeship of instructional leaders to support English Learners success

Lisa Blount, Portland Public Schools; Leslie Hamburger, WestEd

Apprenticing to teach English Learners with depth and generativity
Barbara Finn, Portland Public Schools; Mary Schmida, WestEd

Developing Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Students

On November 30th, 2016, Aída Walqui gave the keynote address at the The NYSED Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages’ First Annual English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners Literacy Conference: Developing Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Students.

In her keynote presentation, Realizing the potential of all our English Learners, Dr. Walqui discussed the different types of English Learners, the strengths they take to school, and their immense potential. Optimal education for ELs and its components were examined, as well as the barriers which stand in the way of their deep and accelerated development. Building from recent research and publications, she proposed key shifts the field needs to undertake in order to assist all ELs become who they are not yet: fully multilingual, intercultural, multiliterate and socially responsible citizens.

San Mateo County Achievement Gap Policy Summit #2

Aída Walqui was one of the keynote speakers at the San Mateo County Achievement Gap Policy Summit #2 on November 3rd, 2016 sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education.

2nd Annual Summit: Long-Term English Learners & Newcomers

On October 22nd, 2016, Aída Walqui was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Summit:Long-Term English Learners & Newcomers organized by the Santa Clara Office of Education. Educators across Santa Clara County came together to share ideas on improving services for these unique groups of English learners.

Helping English Learners Rise to the Challenge of Complex Texts

Article about QTEL’s approach, which works on the premise that students will rise to the challenge of rigorous subject matter if it sparks their interest, if they receive appropriate support, and if academic content and academic English language skills are taught simultaneously, as a single, integrated process. Download the article here.

tesol-international-associationTESOL’S 50 at 50

QTEL Director, Aída Walqui, was recognized by the TESOL International Association as one of fifty leaders that have made significant contributions to the profession within the past 50 years.


news-eventsAERA-e1454373704956AERA 2016 Annual Meeting

Our QTEL team presented and chaired at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, in Washington, DC. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research.

Saturday, April 9

Session: Building Professional Expertise for 21st-Century Teaching: The Imperative of Integrating Knowledge About Language Development
Time & Location: 8:15-10:15am; Convention Center, Level One, Room 143B
Presentation: A Vision for Professional Knowledge Required to Build Teachers of English Language Learners in the 21st Century
Presenters: Aída Walqui, Peggy Mueller (Chair)

Disclosing Women Voices Around STEM Fields and Applied Uses
Time & Location: 12:25-1:55pm; Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Mint
Presentation: Voices of Successful Women Advanced Technological Education Graduates: Counternarratives
Presenter: Courtney Rudd Paulger

Monday, April 11

Session: Gender Narratives and Institutional Contexts
Time & Location: 8:15-9:45am; Convention Center, Level One, Room 149B
Participant: Courtney Rudd Paulger (Chair)

Tuesday, April 12

Session: Collaboration to Improve Educational Opportunities for English Learners in the United States
Time & Location: 10:35am-12:05pm; Convention Center, Level One, Room 101
Presentation: Understanding the Trajectories and Longitudinal Outcomes of Adolescent Newcomer English Language Learners in a Texas District
Presenter: Aída Walqui

Grad Nation Workshop 

On March 7th, 2016, Aída Walqui was the speaker at the kickoff of San Diego Unified School District’s participation in Grad Nation, a national effort to raise the high-school graduation rate in the US to 90 percent (currently 80 percent).

NEW_CSMP-general-logo-300x30025th Annual CSMP English Learner Institute

Aída Walqui gave the keynote address at the 25th Annual CSMP English Learner Institute, Region 9 A/B Planning Committee. This year’s theme was, “Acknowledging 25 Years of Supporting English Learners, K-l2” and the Institute’s primary focus was “Developing Language, Content Knowledge and Analytical Practices with the New ELD Standards”.

English Language Learners and the New Standards: Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom

WestEd authors Margaret HeritageAída Walqui, and Robert Linquanti explain the theories and research that underlie their vision and examine the role of policy in shaping pedagogy and assessment for English language learners (ELLs).
They present a clear vision and practical suggestions for helping teachers engage ELLs in simultaneously learning subject-area content, analytical practices, and language.

This book:

  • Clarifies the skills and knowledge teachers need to integrate content knowledge and language development
  • Shows how teachers can integrate formative assessment in ongoing teaching and learning
  • Discusses key leverage points and stress points in using interim and summative assessments with ELLs
  • Provides classroom vignettes illustrating key practices


2015_AERAAERA 2015 Annual Meeting

Our QTEL team presented in several symposium sessions at the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago this April.

Friday, April 17
Symposium Session: Preparing Linguistically Responsive Teachers Across the Professional Continuum

Presenters: Kathryn  Strom, Aída Walqui, Leslie Hamburger
Presentation: Connecting Theory and Practice Through Coaching Cycles: In-Service Professional Development for Teachers of English Language Learners

Roundtable Session: Innovative Approaches for English Language Learners in High School
Presenters: Andrew Haiwen Chu, Leslie Hamburger
Presentation: English Language Proficiency Growth and Graduation Outcomes Among Secondary Immigrant Newcomers: Variation Across Language Groups

Saturday, April 18
Symposium Session: Building Expertise for Teachers of English Language Learners  in the 21st Century

Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: A Vision for Building Expertise for Teachers of English Language Learners in the 21st Century

Presenter: Andrew Haiwen Chu
Presentation: Learning From Lessons: Collaborative Inquiry in Practice

Presenters: Kathryn  Strom, Leslie Hamburger
Presentation: Formatively Assessing Students and Teachers to Drive Development

Invited Speaker Session: Has the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs and Assessment Platforms Considered Linguistic, Social, and Cultural Inclusivity?
Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: Assessing the Development of Teacher Expertise to Work With English Language Learners in Ambitious Ways

Monday, April 20
Symposium Session: Teaching Academic Content to English Language Learners  in the Context of New Common Standards

Presenter: Aída Walqui
Presentation: Teacher Expertise and English Learners: Theoretical and Practical Considerations

Aída Walqui presented at 2015 NSTA Conference

Aída Walqui was invited to present as a featured speaker at this year’s National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, Illinois, March 12-15, 2015. She addressed the major theoretical and pedagogical shifts that science teachers need to engage in as they address the development of their students’ deep and generative understandings, skills, and language.

QTEL Science Presentation at the 2nd Annual English Learner Summit

Javier Ruiz presented on “English Language Learners and Science: Key Shifts, Validated Understandings and Implications of the NGSS and CCSS” at the 2nd Annual English Learner Summit organized by the Mid-Alameda County SELPA in collaboration with the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Alameda County Office of Education on November 13, 2014.

For more details, go to the Alameda County Office of Education’s website.

Aída Walqui presented at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Aída Walqui lead a three day institute for instructional leaders so they can capitalize on the promise of the new standards for ELs. Instructional leaders need to recognize and promote quality teaching for ELs. To promote quality instruction, it is essential that educational leaders understand the instructional changes that are required by the new standards as well as develop effective structures, skills, and strategies for managing this change.

For more details, go to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools website.

tesol_articleNew Article Highlights ESL Professionals in an Era of New Standards

QTEL Director Aída Walqui recently wrote an article entitled “Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards,” published by the TESOL International Association. The paper examines concerns for the ESL-teaching profession in the United States as it enters a new era of educational reform and practice. The report looks at a number of issues, including the current wide variance in the roles of ESL teachers in different settings, the ambiguity surrounding the role and status of ESL teachers, and the results of variation in teacher preparation systems currently in place around the country.  The article was co-written with Guadalupe Valdes and Amanda Kibler. The paper can be found here.

teaching_channelQTEL-Stanford University Collaboration featured on The Teaching Channel

“Persuasion Across Time and Space,” a unit aligned with the Common Core that teaches English Language Learners about persuasive texts, is currently featured on The Teaching Channel. QTEL developed the unit in collaboration with Stanford University.

Aída Walqui presented keynote at IABE

On Jan. 31, 2014, Aída Walqui delivered the keynote address at the Idaho Association of Bilingual Educators on “Challenges and Opportunities Afforded English Language Learners by the Common Core State Standards.”

Aída Walqui presented at the University of Arkansas

Aída Walqui presented at the University of Arkansas’ 6th Annual ESL Symposium on Feb. 28, 2014.

Aí­da Walqui presented at TESOL 2013 International Convention

QTEL’s Aída Walqui spoke before educators at this year’s TESOL International Convention, held in Dallas, TX in March. Speaking on a wide array of topics, including the role of the Common Core State Standards in literacy instruction for ELLs, the connection between second language acquisition and the new Standards, and the role of whole-school professional development in assuring the academic success of ELLs, Walqui provided participants with a glimpse of what our QTEL 2013 Summer Institutes in San Francisco are all about. For more information about the institutes, click here.

AERA 2013 Annual Meeting

Our QTEL team presented a symposium entitled “Realizing the Potential of English Learners: Catalyzing Teacher Professional Growth Across Time and Disciplines” at the AERA 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this past April.

“Realizing the Potential of English Learners: Catalyzing Teacher Professional Growth Across Time and Disciplines”

This symposium explores a conceptual framework that characterizes the nature of teacher’s expertise necessary to nurture, support, and accelerate English Learners (ELs) learning of academic subjects in secondary schools. The Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) professional development program at WestEd provides face-to-face, intensive coaching to secondary teachers across the country in all core-subject areas, including science, mathematics, English language arts, and social studies. Data gathered from multiple school sites at the middle and high school level in various parts of the country will be synthesized and organized to characterize the growth of teachers in year 1, 2, and 3 of a three-year professional development intervention program across different disciplines and varying contexts (e.g. school policies and teacher accountability). The primary sources of data were collected at three nodes of a coaching cycle: pre-observation meeting, classroom observation, and post-observation meeting, including field notes, lesson plans, classroom observations, and interviews.

QTEL – Stanford Collaboration Featured in Education Week

Working in collaboration with Stanford University’s Understanding Language initiative, QTEL has written an innovative teaching unit that illustrates for educators the shifts in language and literacy practices called for by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The unit was recently featured in an article appearing in Education Week magazine. more »

scaffolding_bookACSA recommends QTEL book

“Books Worth Reading”

The Association of California School Administrators has just added QTEL’s Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners to its list of recommended reading.