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2014 Conference

May 8–9, 2014

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2014 Conference: Online Program

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Extending the Learning: The Massachusetts Initiative for Excellence in SEI Instructional Coaching

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM–3:15 PM EDT
Session Abstract

In this session MATSOL 's Coaching Partnership team will provide a brief overview of a multi-year project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and provide coursework to literacy, math and other content coaches who support new SEI-endorsed teachers in classrooms with English language learners. The session will provide an overview of six research-based principles of learning that shelter instruction and guide the instructional coaching model. We will share the research and coaching outcomes for this model and highlight best practices in making instruction collaborative, language rich, dialogic, contextualized, cognitively challenging and based in real-world applications of school learning.  For additional information about the Massachusetts Initiative for Excellence in Instructional Coaching, please contact Paula Merchant at

Session Type

Featured Presentation

Session Length

Practice-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes)

Elementary Educators
Secondary Educators
Program Administrators
Teacher Educators
Topic Strand

Professional Development/Teacher Education

Lead Presenter

Annela Teemat, University of Indiana-Purdue University Indiana
Biographical Statement

Dr. Annela Teemant, is Associate Professor of Second Language Education at University of Indiana-Purdue University Indiana. She is the lead researcher, and developer of the Six Standards Instructional Coaching Framework and the SPC Plus continuum of performance targets for coaching in classrooms with ELLs.  She is the Project Director and Lead Developer of the Massachusetts Coaching Courses. 



Serena Tyra, Instructional Coach and Educational Consultant
Biographical Statement

Serena Tyra is an Instructional Coach and Educational Consultant who has researched, refined and implemented the Six Standards Coaching Framework, and SPC Plus for over ten years.  

Patricia Aube, Fitchburg Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Patricia Aube is an ESL Curriculum Integration Specialist in the Fitchburg Public Schools, former Mathematics Coach and teacher, and past MATSOL Board Member.

Bonnie Baer-Simahk, M.Ed, Fitchburg Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Bonnie Baer-Simahk is ELL Director in the Fitchburg, an SEI Administrator Course instructor, and NISL instructor.  She is a member of the MATSOL PD Planning and Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts English Learner Leadership Council. 

Lynn D'Agostino, Fitchburg State University
Biographical Statement

Lynn D'Agostino,  Fitchburg State University (FSU) , implements the FSU National Professional Development Grant, instructs the FSU SEI Endorsement course for pre-service teachers,  and works with FSU education faculty around SEI practices.  

Paula Merchant, MATSOL
Biographical Statement

Paula Merchant is the Director of Professional Learning for MATSOL and Project Director of the Massachusetts Coaching Courses.