Facilitating English Learners’ Success Through Action Research

May 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PaTTAN, Harrisburg, Pa.

Workshop is limited to 50 participants.
During this interactive one-day workshop participants will be introduced to the stages of action research, and apply this process to a particular set of data related to English learner (EL) achievement. By engaging in the iterative process of identifying questions, testing answers and designing solutions, participants will gain capacity to systematically use data for improving programming and instruction for ELs as they are supported through the process of problem solving and data-based decision making.


Through participation in this workshop, participants will be prepared to:

  • Understand the foundation of action research, including writing questions, testing answers and designing a solution
  • Engage in research-based areas of best practice for supporting ELs using WIDA’s Essential Actions Handbook and other sources, including instructional strategies, collaborative models and family engagement practices
  • Explore logic models and theories of action
  • Identify draft research questions and solution interventions based on local data and identified areas of need



This workshop is designed for all teachers of multilingual learners as well as administrators.


Headshot Ben Cohen, Director of Evaluation, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA
Ben Cohen, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation, Center for Schools and Communities
Dr. Ben Cohen has been director of evaluation at the Center for Schools and Communities for 12 years and previously worked as an education researcher at the American Institutes for Research. He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop

Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. To receive credit, participants MUST attend session(s) from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID (PPID) number on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork provided onsite at the conference registration desk. Retrieve your PPID number from PERMS and bring it with you to the conference.


6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
(717) 541-4960