Who says that teachers won’t give up a sunny weekend to learn more about how they can help their students in class?  That’s what a group of teachers from the Blackfoot School District did!

Teachers from several of the elementary and high schools gave up one of the first sunny weekends in Blackfoot to learn how they can close the achievement gap for students who speak English as a second language. They also learned more about research-based strategies that are effective for all students.

Yoli Gonzales, IEA/NEA Lead ELL Trainer from Boise, and Meighan Perry, IEA Lead ELL Trainer from Bonneville led an all day class on April 21st in Blackfoot, Idaho to a group of positive and enthusiastic teachers.

Teachers left the workshop armed with a repertoire of teaching skills, methods, and resources, they could immediately use and apply in their classrooms.

As one of the participants said, “Everyone should take this class and can benefit from it—teachers, support staff, and administrators!  It’s not just helping our second language learners but it’s about helping all of our students.”

If you’re interested in offering this class to your school or district, please contact Yoli Gonzales, IEA/NEA ELL Lead Trainer at 371-7100 or Kathy Yamamoto, Region 7 Director, 344-1344.