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Southern Oregon University

ELL Workshop
Quality Education for English Language Learners
Presenter - Aida Walqui
Friday, May 9, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Southern Oregon University
Rogue River Room-Stevenson Union

Keynote Speaker, Aida Walqui, Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, will lead us in an interesting discussion on the challenges of quality teaching for English language learners.

There is no cost to attend the conference, lunch and parking will be provided.


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Aída Walqui

 As Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, Aída Walqui is responsible for two major national lines of work, The Strategic Literacy Initiative, and the Quality Teaching for English Learners, both committed to supporting teacher learning throughout their careers, from recruitment and pre-service through induction and life-long learning.

Walqui has had a long and successful career in the development of teacher expertise to work with second language learners in deep, rigorous, and accelerated ways. A native of Perú, she has taught at the oldest university in the Americas, the National University of San Marcos in Lima, at the National Autonomous University in Mexico, and at St. Martin’s College in Lancaster, England. In the United States, Dr. Walqui taught in the Division of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the School of Education at Stanford University, where she coordinated the Cross-Cultural, Linguistic, and Academic Development emphasis in the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Most importantly, for six years she was a Language Arts, ESL, and Social Studies teacher at Alisal High School in Salinas, California, where she was able to put to the test her ideas about deepening and accelerating the development of English Language Learners potential.

Aída Walqui has authored two books for the study of Spanish for Spanish speakers in American schools; a book for teachers of Spanish as a second language in Andean countries; a book on the teaching of indigenous languages in intercultural, bilingual programs; an ethnographic study of immigrant students in secondary schools in the United States; and a number of articles in journals and edited volumes. In 2010, with Leo van Lier, she co-authored Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners: A Pedagogy of Promise, and three white papers for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.

A member of several national and international teacher professional development advisory boards, Walqui is frequently invited to speak on teacher growth in school contexts characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity. She is one of the founding members of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, and co-wrote two of the seminal white papers that lay out a vision for the education of English Language Learners in an era of Common Core Standards.

Walqui received her Licenciatura in Literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima and studied for a second BA in English Literature at Connecticut College. She holds an MA in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Stanford University.