Academic Language in the Content Areas


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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 6/10/2021 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 6/12/2021 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Gretchen Lettau
Agency Assistant: Kayla Kolstad 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
6/15/2021 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
6/16/2021 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
8/12/2021 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Description: Are you looking for ways to ensure multilingual learners can meet the same challenging content standards as their English-proficient peers? Every student needs to apprentice to the academic language of the content areas. Join us for strategies, tools, and supports that any teacher can use regardless of content areas or grade levels.

We will focus on:

  • Honoring and valuing the assets that students bring to the classroom
  • Academic language planning
  • Determining what academic language may be challenging
  • Academic language awareness
  • Planning for teaching of academic language
  • Critical Vocabulary instruction strategies

Collaboration is essential for the success of English Learners. This workshop is especially helpful for co-teachers of multilingual students, English Language Teachers, and Dual Language Teachers.

Cost:  $230

Presenters:  Gretchen Lettau and Amy Swick


About the Facilitators: Gretchen Lettau joins CESA 2 as a consultant in the Language and Culture Center of Excellence supporting the areas of Language Acquisition, English Learners, and Dual Language Education. Gretchen has worked as a teacher and coordinator for 16 years with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In additton to her work with school districts, Gretchen is a leader in the state in Dual Language and EL Education. Gretchen has taught EL classes for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as an adjunct professor, is a member of the statewide WIABE work group, and served as a member of Governor Evers Advisory Council to Support Linguistically Diverse Students statewide committee.




Amy Swick began her teaching career in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  While teaching second grade, third grade, and English Learners at Echo Loder Elementary School, she trained in Reading Recovery and received a Master’s Degree in Literacy from the University of Nevada-Reno.  After moving back to the Fox Valley area, Amy has worked as an EL/Newcomer teacher at McKinley Elementary School, district literacy coach for grades 3-6, and as the EL/Bilingual Coordinator in the Appleton Area School District.  During her time in the Appleton Area School District, Amy has collaborated with other districts to provide staff development in best practices for English Learners, EL Co-teaching methods, academic language instruction, and culturally and linguistically responsive practices.  She has also provided professional development to local public and private schools in gradual release of responsibility, workshop model, and standards-based instruction. 




In-Person Events: Participants who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask when attending events at CESA 2. Participants who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask when attending events at CESA 2. Please be respectful of other participants’ comfort levels. Until further notice, workshops will be limited to 50 participants. Social distancing should be self-monitored at each participant’s comfort level.

Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Cancellations must either be made on MyQuickReg or by emailing Because of our commitment to the presenter and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days prior to the event or who do not attend the event, will be billed the full fee. CESA 2 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via phone and email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. 

Inclement Weather Policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 2 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Disclaimer: CESA 2 will do its best to accommodate general dietary requests; if your dietary need is very specific or severe, you may want to bring your own lunch to ensure your comfort and health. CESA 2 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 2 event. If you have a dietary need or food allergy, please go into your MyQuickReg profile and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made 2 weeks in advance of the event.

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