Teacher Leadership for School-Wide English Learning (SWEL): Harnessing Teacher Expertise

Tuesday, 22 March 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time

Target Audience: English language educators and administrators in pk-12, adult, and post-secondary settings

Skill Level: All levels of expertise

ESL teachers are often asked to lead professional development workshops and support their colleagues’ instruction of ELs but they do not always have access to the resources or training they need to accomplish this work efficiently or effectively. Teacher Leadership for School-Wide English Learning (SWEL) provides the framework needed to enact the SWEL model at your school or in your district. Learn how you can join schools from Oregon to Maryland in this community of teacher leaders.


As a result of attending this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Capitalize on your own expertise in language learning and teaching to support general education colleagues through a teacher leadership model. 
  • Utilize the SWEL Peer Coaching Principles and practice applying each principle through role-play and non-evaluative, dialogic coaching conversation simulations. 
  • Facilitate professional development for colleagues with adult learning and research-based practices in mind. 
  • Differentiate for the professional development needs of their colleagues in order to teach them how to attend to language development in their instruction and assessment.


Michelle Benegas2
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.
amy-o'connor-stolpestadAmy O'Connor Stolpestad, Ed.D., 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.


 advance: 1 Marchon-site: after 1 march
Registration Fee$150$200

You do not have to register for the full TESOL convention to attend this workshop, but you do have to register for the workshop through the convention registration form.‚Äč

Questions?  Please contact learn@tesol.org