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2014 Conference

May 8–9, 2014

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2014 Conference: Online Program

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Tapping the Potential of ELL Paraprofessionals: A Professional Development Model

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM–5:15 PM EDT
Session Abstract

Paraprofessionals working with English Language Learners has become a common practice in Massachusetts schools, yet research has shown that they are not fully prepared for this role.  We will present, ParaTell, a research based professional development program for paraprofessionals of ELLs and share our research findings on its effectiveness.

Session Length

Research-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes)

Elementary Educators
Secondary Educators
Program Administrators
Teacher Educators
Topic Strand

Professional Development/Teacher Education

Lead Presenter

Ms Heidi Perez, M.Ed, Methuen Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Heidi Perez is the Methuen Public Schools' LAD Supervisor.  Formerly an ESL teacher and coach, she's worked with ELLs and teachers of ELLs for 20 years.



Qing Zhao, Ed.D, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Biographical Statement

Qing Zhao is working as an instructor and the research project coordinator for PETALLs (Preparing Excellent Teachers for All Language Learners) at Umass Lowell.

Cynthia Bent, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Biographical Statement

Cynthia Bent is the Program Manager for PETALLs. She has many years of experience supporting ELLs in educational environments at the secondary and college levels.