PD Webinar

Addressing the Social-Emotional, Academic, and Linguistic Needs of Newcomers


Presented by
Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes


Schools play an essential role in helping newcomers adapt and contribute as they integrate into our communities and society at large. By understanding the socio-emotional, linguistic, and academic needs of newcomers and by learning how to create a welcoming, asset-oriented environment, educators can enhance learning for not only the newcomer student, but also for the entire learning community.

This webinar explores research-based practices and teaching strategies for engaging students and creating a classroom climate that promotes connectedness, a strong sense of belonging, and mutual respect. Educators will learn how to:

  • Promote behavioral, cognitive, and affective student engagement.
  • Develop and expand vocabulary and language structures cohesively.
  • Scaffold content knowledge and reading comprehension.
  • Build student agency, confidence, and autonomy.


1 hour

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About the Presenter

Silvia de Reyes

Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes served as an expert panel member for the development of the California ELD Standards and subsequently contributed as a Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee member for the California Department of Education. Her area of expertise is biliteracy with a focus on academic language, writing, and the organization of instruction for explicit teaching of Spanish-to-English cross-linguistic transfer. In collaboration with the California Department of Education, she coordinated the Spanish translation and linguistic augmentation of the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics. Currently a national biliteracy consultant and collaborating author for Benchmark Education, Silvia was honored with the National Association for Bilingual Education Leadership.

NEW Benchmark Hello!

Survival Skills for Newcomers

Support recently arrived students with need-to-know basics and fundamental English. Introducing Benchmark Hello!, a groundbreaking new program designed expressly for Newcomers with Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes. Combining survival skills, English language development, and social-emotional learning, this powerful tool helps recent arrivals gain the experience, proficiency, and confidence to propel their language learning. Benchmark Hello! provides:

  • 8 week-long units to develop oral language and vocabulary
  • Lessons that embrace primary language, prior knowledge, and cross-cultural understanding
  • Instruction focused on academic language and metacognitive and socio-affective skills and strategies
  • Predictable routines, guided practice, and peer interactions
  • An explicit Teacher's Resource System that includes teaching tips, differentiation tools, and Professional Development
  • Assessments to help monitor student progress
  • Engaging home–school connections
  • Rich digital resources for ongoing training
  • and so much more!
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