English Learner Services, ELL Professional Development & Title III IMESD Consortium

English Learner Services, Professional Development and Resources for Teachers and District


The EL Specialist supports districts with, but not limited to, professional development, instructional strategies and consultation, lessons planning, parent involvement/activities, data management, and administration consultation.  

Below are PD opportunities and Resources for teachers and districts in our InterMountain ESD region working with diverse populations.


-Translation/Interpretations services available for IMESD component districts.

Ashley Harsin
English Learner Specialist &
Title III Consortium Lead


  • Professional Learning Community (PLC) for English Language Development (ELD) teachers

  • Learning Walks: To allow teachers to visit and watch numerous classrooms from around the region, outside their own school or district, while having a dialogue with an instructional coach and other teachers around strategies, culture, and other takeaways.

  • Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Overview PD

    • Description: SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Overview will guide participants through the 8 components of the SIOP model and most of the 30 features. The training will support content teachers for sheltering instruction for English Learners and engaging ALL learners. 

UPCOMING PD/WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES (Please go to IMESD website for upcoming workshops):

  • School Wide Writing Reform Workshops with Yolanda Westerberg (K-2, 3-5 and Secondary Workshops)- Please visit PD page for future trainings.

    • Session topics will include:

  • Yearlong Planning-Start with the Calendar

  • Common Terminology across grade levels

  • Different Products, Different Structures

  • What is a Mini-Lesson and how do I teach one?

  • Making a Roadmap for Instruction

  • Creating a Community of writers

  • Getting started-the first ten days of school

  • Writing is a skill-teaching stamina, originality and enthusiasm

  • Writing Process made easier

  • Writing about Reading and Taking Neat Notes

  • OCDE Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Virtual Path to Proficiency: The Path to Proficiency is the only implementation program of its kind that shows teachers exactly how to take the next steps with Project GLAD® and utilize the strategies like a pro - while strengthening the language development of all students in the process.

    It's like having a virtual full time coach on staff for every teacher - wherever they are and whenever it fits into their schedule! 

  • School-Wide English Learning (SWEL): School-Wide English Learning (SWEL) is premised on the belief that all teachers need to take part in language instruction in order for English learners to reach their academic potential. SWEL is a direct/indirect service model meaning that the role of the English language teacher is that of providing direct instruction for ELs and serving students indirectly as a site-based expert in second language acquisition. 

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