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TEIS Webinar #4: Transforming Instructional Practice through ESL Teacher Leadership

  • 1.  TEIS Webinar #4: Transforming Instructional Practice through ESL Teacher Leadership

    Posted 22-07-2020 03:09 PM
    Edited by Faridah Pawan 23-07-2020 11:26 AM

    Date and Time: July 31, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm ET

    Presenters: Michelle Benegas (TEIS Chair Elect) and Amy O'Conner Stolpestad

    TEIS continues its TEIS webinar series in July, discussing ESL teacher leadership in the context of the project, English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM).  Funded by a generous National Professional Development grant from the United States Department of Education, ELM draws from distributed leadership theory to train ESL teachers to be teacher leaders in order to better serve English learners throughout the school day. In tandem with state education associations, local education associations, and school building partners, Benegas & Stolpestad support the development of leadership structures that fit within existing systems to make the work of the ESL teacher leader, referred to as an ELM peer coach, both feasible and successful. Participants in this session will learn about findings to date from this four-year study as well as be provided examples of how Hamline University has redesigned their ESL teacher preparation program to cultivate teacher leadership.


    Michelle Benegas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Hamline University. In her work with teachers and schools, she promotes a model in which ESL teachers serve as site-based experts and coaches to their colleagues. Her research interests include ESL teacher leadership, teacher leader identity, and systemic approaches to improving EL services. She is also the TEIS Chair Elect.

    Amy O'Connor Stolpestad currently serves as the director of The ELM Project and also consults with local, regional, state, and higher education institutions. Stolpestad is a Minnesota licensed K-12 ESL teacher and experienced teacher educator. Her research interests include teacher leadership, instructional coaching, teacher identity, and organizational change management.

    To register, go to:

    Faridah Pawan, TEIS Chair
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN