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Event Details

DateThursday, March 16th, 2017

Breakfast 8:30am



Lawndale: Will Rogers Middle School Library Media Center


Each team is invited to bring up to 5 members of their district that are responsible for professional learning in the academic language space.

We suggest you bring at least one person from your leadership team.

ExpensesUse your $10,000 stipend
QuestionsContact Lindsey





This was an incredible opportunity in which district members outside of the Leadership Team gained critical knowledge around the shifts necessary for supporting academic discourse in ALL classrooms! View videos and photos from the event here


The purpose of the site visit consultancy is to provide cross-district learnings to support the effective design and implementation of processes for building the capacity of teachers to cultivate academic student discourse in all classrooms.

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About the Expert

Steven Weiss is a Senior Research Associate at Understanding Language/SCALE at Stanford. His work includes managing the Stanford ELL Leadership Network, a collaboration between 7 small to medium sized school districts in Northern California focused on developing leadership capacity around English Learners. Prior to joining Understanding Language/SCALE, he worked at the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) program at WestEd, where he was a professional developer and instructional coach of secondary teachers and administrators in urban school districts such as New York City, Austin, San Diego and San Jose. He has also worked as a K-8 school administrator, a bilingual/ESL resource teacher, and a high school Spanish/History/ESL teacher. Steven is bilingual in Spanish. He holds a M.Ed. from U.C.L.A., an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College.




Inquiry Cycle Journey                                                       Discourse Analysis


Crafting an Exemplar Student Response             

           Lawndale's Presentation & Other Materials         

Content Expert Thought Partners

Conversation Analysis Tool            Powerpoint Presentation     


High School Conversation                High School Conversation Analysis Model            


Middle School Conversation             Middle School Conversation Analysis Model



5th Grade Conversation                    5th Grade Conversation Analysis Model



Communicativeness Design & Observation Tool


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