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ACCESS for ELLs Online Test Administrator Training (½ day)

During this training, test administrators explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connect to the ACCESS for ELLs Online. Participants will learn to administer the online test to students. All participants must have computers or tablets and an internet connection to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment Management System.

TAGS: Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs Paper Test Administrator Training (½ day)

During this training, test administrators will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs Paper. Participants will learn how to administer and monitor the group sections of the tests and there will be a focus on administering and scoring the speaking section of the assessment.

TAGS: Assessment

Classroom Action Research: Equity for Multilingual Learners (2 1-day workshops)

Equity for Multilingual Learners (MLs) requires teachers to create culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments and facilitate rigorous learning that is appropriately supported. The purpose of this workshop is for teachers to engage in an action research process in order to enhance equitable opportunities for MLs.

Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students (1 day)

English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community.

Mar 17, 2020 — Madison, WI
Mar 17–Mar 19, 2020 — Madison, WI
Apr 21, 2020 — Baltimore, MD
Apr 21–Apr 23, 2020 — Baltimore, MD
May 19–May 21, 2020 — Madison, WI
May 19, 2020 — Madison, WI
Jul 14, 2020 — Madison, WI
Jul 14–Jul 16, 2020 — Madison, WI

Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students (2 full days)

English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community.

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners (2 full days)

This workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment. Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development meaning making through language use, the Four C’s of Collaboration, and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners.

Apr 21–Apr 23, 2020 — Baltimore, MD
Apr 22–Apr 23, 2020 — Baltimore, MD
May 19–May 21, 2020 — Madison, WI
May 20–May 21, 2020 — Madison, WI

Engaging English Language Learners in Science (2 full days)

This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Language Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, we will develop a common understanding of academic language in a science and engineering environment.

Formative Language Assessment (2 full days)

This workshop explores formative assessment practices that focus students’ and teachers’ attention on English language development within the context of subject-area classrooms. The purpose is to prepare participants to incorporate new formative language assessment practices into their educational contexts.

Apr 22–Apr 23, 2020 — Madison, WI
Jul 14–Jul 16, 2020 — Madison, WI
Jul 15–Jul 16, 2020 — Madison, WI

Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction (1 full day)

The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students’ academic English language proficiency. During this training, participants will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs score reports. Participants will examine the different types and uses of score reports. They will also make connections between the students’ proficiency scores and WIDA Performance Definitions.

TAGS: Assessment
May 4, 2020 — Platteville, WI

Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training (½ day)

This training is designed for test administrators of the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs. During this training test administrators will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connect to Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs in its unique test design. Participants will learn to administer and score the Kindergarten assessment. It is suggested that participants bring Kindergarten MODEL kits to the training, if possible.

TAGS: Assessment

Leading Schools for Language Learner Achievement (2 full days)

Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for multilingual learners. The purpose of this workshop is for school leaders to reflect on their school’s policies and systems in order to craft a personal leadership action plan that promotes equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners.

Pedagogía con Respeto: An Introduction to the Spanish Language Development Framework (½ day)

This bilingual workshop uses an interactive and hands on approach to introduce the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of the WIDA Spanish Language Development Framework. Participants will reflect on current practice to determine ways to apply the WIDA Standards and related tools, such as Las definiciones de desempeño, to inform instruction and assessment.

Pedagogía con Respeto: Pairing Languages and Standards to Advance Student Learning (2 day)

This two-day bilingual workshop uses an interactive and hands on approach to connect the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of the WIDA language development standards for Spanish and English to instruction and assessment in the bilingual classroom.

Pedagogía con Respeto: Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Multilingual Students (1 day)

This introduction to the WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards centers around an asset-based approach to teaching and learning Spanish within academic settings. Participants will explore WIDA standards and tools, such as Los descriptors Podemos and Can Do Descriptors, and reflect upon implications for instruction in bilingual programs.

May 13, 2020 — Madison, WI
May 13–May 14, 2020 — Madison, WI

Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners (2 full days)

This two-day workshop is designed to enhance participants’ lesson planning processes. During the workshop, participants will examine seven essential elements that attend to the needs of English language learners. In particular, participants will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use within settings that integrate content learning and academic language development.

Mar 17–Mar 19, 2020 — Madison, WI
Mar 18–Mar 19, 2020 — Madison, WI

Scaffolding Learning through Language (2 full days)

This two-day workshop provides educators with a fresh look at how to engage multilingual learners in rigorous content area learning with a balance of challenge and support. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage educators to consider classroom practices that move multilingual learning forward and upward together within the content of meaningful experiences where learning is mediated through language.

WIDA AMS for Screener (1/2 Day)

This training focuses solely on how to navigate WIDA AMS for administering and scoring the WIDA Screener Online. During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the functions in WIDA AMS for the administration and scoring of Screener Online. Participants will practice all operations required in WIDA AMS to administer and score the WIDA Screener Online using sample accounts and sample students.

TAGS: Assessment

WIDA Español: Differentiation for Dual Language Learners

Dual language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade-appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that ELLs bring many contributions to the school community.

May 13–May 14, 2020 — Madison, WI
May 14, 2020 — Madison, WI

WIDA MODEL Online Test Administration (1 full day)

This training is for test administrators of the WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) Online. The WIDA MODEL is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. However, Kindergarten MODEL is only available in a paper kitformat. Educators can use MODEL as an identification /placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. Participants will learn how to administer, monitor, and score as applicable each language domain in the assessment.

WIDA MODEL Paper Test Administration (1 full day)

This training is for test administrators of the WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) Online. The WIDA MODEL is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. Kindergarten MODEL is only available in a paper kit format. Educators can use MODEL as an identification /placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. Participants will learn how to administer, monitor, and score as applicable each language domain in the assessment.

WIDA Screener: Online Test Administration (1 full day)

During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the administration of WIDA Screener Online. This includes learning to administer the online assessment to students. Particular attention will be given to developing inter-rater reliability when scoring the speaking and writing domains. Participants will utilize a multitude of practice items to be scored with the scoring scales.

TAGS: Assessment

WIDA Screener: Paper Test Administration (1 full day)

During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the how to administer the assessment. This includes test administration beginning with the entry task, and then continuing to Path A or Path B. Particular attention will be given to the administration and scoring of speaking and writing sections of the assessment using practice items.

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