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Facilitating English Learner Success Using Action Research

May 9

During this interactive one-day workshop participants will be introduced to the stages of action research, and apply this process to a particular set of data related to English learner (EL) achievement. By engaging in the iterative process of identifying questions, testing answers and designing solutions, participants will gain capacity to systematically use data for improving programming and instruction for ELs as they are supported through the process of problem solving and data-based decision making.



Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the foundation of action research, including writing questions, testing answers and designing a solution
  • Engage in research-based areas of best practice for supporting ELs using WIDA’s Essential Actions Handbook and other sources, including instructional strategies, collaborative models and family engagement practices
  • Explore logic models and theories of action
  • Identify draft research questions and solution interventions based on local data and identified areas of need



Administrators, ESL coordinators, ESL/content teachers



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop



Headshot Ben Cohen, Director of Evaluation, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Ben Cohen, Director of Evaluation, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Dr. Ben Cohen has been director of evaluation at the Center for Schools and Communities for 12 years and previously worked as an education researcher at the American Institutes for Research. He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.







Headshot of Andrea Kolb, ELD Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Andrea Kolb, ELD Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Andrea Kolb has nearly 10 years of experience in the ELD field and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on the education of English learners. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has experience working with teachers in the United States and abroad. She has served as a university instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, teaching coursework related to the instruction and assessment of ELs as well as foundations of multicultural education, educational policy, multilingual literacies and linguistics. She has experience in designing and delivering in-person, online and blended professional development programs, and she has worked as an instructional coach for teachers of ELs in a large urban school district. Additionally, Kolb has leadership experience in early childhood education programs for ELs as well as expertise in program development for high-impact dual capacity-building family engagement.


Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 continuing education credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend the academy from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID number on the appropriate paperwork supplied to you by the Center for Schools and Communities to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you are unsure of your professional personnel ID number, check it online at PERMS.




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Malvern, PA 19355 United States
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