Diverse Learners Webinar Series Part 1: English Language Learners

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Listen in as our Education Solution Specialist, Theresa Goodlett, hosts a discussion with ESL teacher Erin Sivek from Milwaukee Public Schools regarding her English learning program and experiences at Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language.

Erin talks about her challenges and triumphs with her English learning program, including:

  • Classroom approach and strategies for English learners.
  • How EL students are assessed and how to respond to the needs of students.
  • The approach to blended learning in the classroom.

We will also be exploring Fuel Education’s supplemental blended instructional curriculum developed by their partner, Middlebury Interactive Languages, which allows students in grades 4–8 to learn the fundamentals of academic English while completing projects that relate to English language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science.

Meet Your Speakers

Erin Sivek
ESL Teacher
Milwaukee Public Schools

Erin Sivek is an English language arts (ELA) and English as a second language (ESL) teacher at the International Newcomer Center in Milwaukee Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education (Spanish minor) from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2009 and in 2012 completed her post-baccalaureate certification in English as a second language. She currently serves as an ELA/ESL team leader and teacher to middle school newcomer refugee students from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and western Africa.

Additionally, Ms. Sivek has written and adapted curriculum for high school English language arts courses and drivers’ education, and she serves as webmaster for Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language.

She has been awarded the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators Teacher of the Year award and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Martin Luther King Jr. Excellence in Service Teacher Award.


Theresa Goodlett​
Education Solution Specialist
Fuel Education

As Education Solution Specialist for Fuel Education, Theresa works with districts, schools, and instructors to plan and execute their online programs. Prior to joining Fuel Education, Theresa was a District World Language Coordinator and Spanish teacher, and she spent three years in Professional Development with Middlebury Interactive Languages supporting and coaching teachers.  Theresa holds a master degree in Spanish and P-12 Education and a second master degree in Instructional Leadership, and she actively engages participants in blended learning world language workshops around the country.