For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.



Dana Gastich French, M.A., Founder & Lead Consultant, UpRiver Education


Join UpRiver Education’s 5-session webinar, ‘Supporting Multilingual Learners with Inclusive School Practices,’ designed to empower K-12 educators with the knowledge and skills needed to create inclusive environments for multilingual learners. Participants will gain insights into effective strategies, language acquisition best practices, and culturally responsive approaches to foster academic success for all students.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

Explore the foundational principles of inclusive schools, examining how educators can cultivate an environment that values linguistic diversity. Participants will explore federal and state guidance for English Learner Education and connect this to research-backed strategies to foster inclusivity and set the stage for effective support of multilingual

Gain a deeper understanding of the diverse experiences of multilingual learners. This session will cover stages of second language acquisition, stages of acculturation, and subgroups of MLs including newcomer, SLIFE and long-term ELs.

Learn examples of current best practices in classroom instruction, family partnership and collaboration with multilingual learners. Leaders will discuss application of this understanding to their daily decision tree.

Identify ways to develop practices, workflows, protocols and policy to apply knowledge gained in sessions 1-3. Collaborate with leaders to plan for integration of new ideas into practice.

Develop actionable plans for fostering equity and inclusion in their educational institutions. This session will guide participants through the creation of a personalized action plan, incorporating the knowledge gained throughout the workshop to drive positive change in support of multilingual learners.

About the Speaker

Dana Gastich FrenchM.A., founder and lead consultant for UpRiver Education, has 20+ years of experience educating and advocating for emergent multilingual students. Her work in teaching, coaching and leadership roles has afforded her the experience and perspective to understand both the pedagogical and system-level practices needed to maximize outcomes for multilingual learners. Ms. Gastich French supports districts, universities and state agencies with training, coaching, ESL curriculum, and consultation. Popular topics include sheltered instruction, ESL team training, and leadership support for ELE programming. Further, she has experience evaluating district data, policies and practices to develop and enact multi-year strategic plans for district improvement. Ms. Gastich French co-authored the text Teaching English Language Learners: Content and Language in Secondary Classrooms, which has served as a staple for Massachusetts level educator preparation programs. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three children, two pups and a tortoise. Go to to learn more and find out how you can reach out to bring Dana to your district.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 03/14/2024.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

All sessions are 9:30 – 11:30 am

  • Session 1: March 14, 2024, Foundations of Inclusive School Practice
  • Session 2: March 21, 2024, Understanding Multilingual Learners: Language, Experience & Culture
  • Session 3: March 28, 2024, Best Practice in Multilingual Learner Education
  • Session 4: April 4, 2024, Leadership Moves to Support Best Practice
  • Session 5: April 11, 2024, Advocating for Equity: Action Planning and Implementation