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Are you looking for ways to support your students in developing strong language skills to thrive both inside and outside the classroom? Effective communication is essential for academic success, enabling students to comprehend complex texts, express their ideas clearly, and engage in meaningful discussions. Join Michelle Dragalin for this timesaving, to the point session as we explore strategies for developing academic and social language skills, including vocabulary, grammar, nonverbal communication, and active listening. Get ready to delve into the crucial connection between language skills and middle school success! Michelle’s expertise in instructional design will equip you with the tools and resources you need to enhance students’ academic performance, build stronger social relationships, and improve their confidence and self-esteem. 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Explore the connection between academic and social language skills and their impact on students' overall success in middle school.  
  2. Learn practical strategies for promoting academic language development, including explicit vocabulary instruction, language-rich learning environments, and scaffolded language support.  
  3. Discover ways to integrate social language instruction into the middle school curriculum, fostering effective communication, active listening, and respectful dialogue among students. 
  4. Gain insights into the importance of differentiated instruction and personalized support to meet the diverse language needs of middle school learners. 


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the session objectives and reflect on their learning. 

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