Introducing Shawn Slakk (Episode 47)

“We’re all language learners, whatever language it is that we’re working on.”

Shawn Slakk was my guest for Episode 47. Be sure to listen to hear his journey and his invitation to relish the world and the ways language helps us do that.

Shown Slakk‘s Bio

As the Founder and CLO of ABCDS&S Consulting, Shawn Slakk works with teachers, administrators, school & state agencies to offer strategies and supports for emergent bilinguals and their classmates both K-12 and adults.

He is an author, developer and presenter of professional development sessions centered on academic language, literacy and content integration for core-content teachers teaching multilingual learners, plus sessions for the coaches and administrators who support them.

He is also a consultant with the Center for Applied Linguistics offering SIOP professional learning. Shawn brings a wide understanding of a variety of strategies and how they relate to language and literacy acquisition as well as lesson delivery.

He has served as a Spanish and ESL teacher, elementary and middle school administrator. His BA is a double major in English and Spanish. He earned an MA in English: TESOL and a second one in School Administration. His doctoral work in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia focuses on reading and writing professional learning for core content teachers who serve multilingual learners.


Rigorous Explicit Academic Language for Literacy via content mastery aka REAL Literacy. We work with teachers and learners to foster discipline literacy isochronously with content or workplace competencies.


Follow on twitter @ABCD2SCO


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