Special Interest Group:


January 2018 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Kendra Seitz:

Welcome to the MITESOL K-12 Special Interest Group page! This webpage is a place to share quality resources with one another. If you have suggestions or feedback, please email me at kseitz@rochester.k12.mi.us.

For more regular updates, follow me on Twitter: @kendraseitz.

 -- Kendra Seitz

2018 WIDA Annual Conference

Cobo Convention Center, Detroit, MI

October 23-26, 2018

This year’s annual WIDA conference will be held in Michigan, at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit from October 23-26, 2018. The conference theme is Schools and Communities Empowering One Another. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Site.

Strategy Spotlight

ESL Lesson Videos - Get Inspired!

Colorin Colorado

Classroom videos highlighting effective instruction of ELs

Teaching Channel

Variety of lesson videos for K-12

WIDA Lesson Videos

WIDA content winners, featuring educators providing quality opportunities for language development and content learning

Book Recommendation

No More Low Expectations

for English Learners

By Julie Nora and Jan Echevarria

“In No More Low Expectations for English Learners, esteemed EL Researcher Jan Echevarria argues that teacher attitude affects student achievement, and describes what best practice method for supporting English learners’ academic achievement look like. Julie Nora, an educator and advocate, offers strategies to provide the instructional supports English learners need for both language acquisition and content-area learning.”

This book is a quick read and is easily accessible for mainstream classroom teachers. Great for a staff book study.

Web Resources - Lesson Planning

Common Lit

Free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms.


Great educational videos with lots of visual supports.

Subscription needed.

News ELA

Current events for students. Texts available at multiple reading levels.

Read Works

Differentiated reading passages.


Create illustrated word banks.

Reading A-Z

Differentiated reading passages.

Subscription needed.

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