Professional Learning

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Learning for Educators of English Learners 


WIDA Assessment Administration Trainings
  1. WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 (REPEAT): December 12, 2017 OR January 10, 2018
  2. WIDA ACCESS Kindergartern (REPEAT): January 24, 2018 (AM only) 
  3. WIDA Alternate: January 24, 2018 (PM only)

MITESOL Pre-conference Institute: Promoting equity and excellence through functional language awareness: Develop, differentiate, and move forward!
October 20, 2017

Facilitated by national speaker, TESOL instructor, and professor of Bilingual and ESL Education, Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas, Texas Woman's University

In this interactive workshop, K-12 educators of English Learners will be introduced to the notions of language functions and language awareness, and will learn how discourse analysis can be used to facilitate use of academic language and literacy in content classes such as math, science, and others.

Click HERE to register for the MITESOL Pre-conference Institute

Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 (series)
November 2, 2017 (full day), December 5, 2017 (full day), February 28, 2018 (evening), & April 18, 2018 (evening)

The Essential Literacy Practices for English Learners, Grades K-3 (series) has been designed as an in depth, year long collaborative opportunity for general education and ESL educators. Educators will participate in two school days and two evenings of deep learning about essential literacy practices to foster academic language development in English Learners, grades K-3. The GELN Essential Literacy Practices documents will be examined and used to plan responsive literacy instruction for K-3 English Learners.

Passionate educators interested in collaborating to make their curriculum, instruction, and assessment more accessible and responsive to the unique needs of English Learners are encouraged to participate in this innovative series!

Click HERE to register for the Essential Literacy Practices series

Creating a Culture of Thinking with English Learners
April 17, 2018

In this brand new workshop, participants will learn how to cultivate a Culture of Thinking with English Learners. The Eight Cultural Forces that define the classroom will be explored and relevant connections will be made to structuring the classroom environment to support deep learning for English Learners. Specific Visible Thinking Routines and student examples will be shared. Learning will be extended through a Collaboratorium group in miPLACE which will include additional resources, virtual discussion and collaboration, and opportunities to dig deeper into developing a Culture of Thinking with English Learners. 

Click HERE to register for the Creating a Culture of Thinking workshop

Beyond WIDA 101
May 9, 2018

The Beyond WIDA 101 workshop is for educators of English Learners with a foundational understanding of the WIDA instructional framework. Participants will dig deeply into the WIDA instructional framework by:

using WIDA assessment data to plan rigorous and responsive instruction
applying the WIDA tools to differentiate instruction
utilizing the rich resources accessible in the WIDA download library
integrating the WIDA Can Do Descriptors Key Uses Edition into current practices

Following the one day workshop participants will be invited to join in collaborative, ongoing, virtual learning opportunities around these topics.

Click HERE to register for the Beyond WIDA 101 workshop