WIDA Español Professional Learning

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Growth opportunities for educators who support Spanish language development in multilingual learners

WIDA Español offers professional learning opportunities throughout the year, open to everyone, on various topics related to the instruction, curriculum and assessment of multilingual learners and Spanish language development.

WIDA Español also offers professional learning opportunities for your school or district. Please contact the WIDA Store if you're interested in learning more and scheduling a WIDA Español workshop at your school or district.

“The two-day SLD session that you did with José was an enormous success. My Spanish DLI teachers stated that it was absolutely the most powerful training that they had received.” – Margaret McKenzie, Atlanta Public Schools

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Locally-Hosted Workshops for Purchase

Pedagogía con respeto: An Introduction to the Spanish Language Development Framework 

Half-day workshop 

This bilingual workshop focuses on the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of the WIDA Spanish Language Development Framework. Participants reflect on current practice to determine ways to apply the WIDA standards and related tools to inform curriculum design, instruction, and assessment. 

Pedagogía con respeto: Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Multilingual Students 

One-day workshop 

This bilingual workshop explores the WIDA language development standards for Spanish and English. Participants reflect on language use in their curriculum and instruction through the application of various components of the WIDA standards and related tools in both languages. The workshop also engages participants in discussions about unique language practices of multilingual students and in critical conversations about how to strategically use these practices to leverage student learning. 

Una Voz Unida: Pairing Languages and Standards to Advance Student Learning

Two-day workshop

This bilingual workshop is a unique opportunity for teams of educators (ELD teachers, bilingual/dual language teachers, and school leaders) to forge or enrich a curriculum that promotes the seamless instruction of multilingual learners in English and Spanish. Based on WIDA resources, including ELD and SLD K-12 standards, Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses and los descriptores Podemos, the workshop offers an aligned system with tools that encourage educators to work together to maximize students' academic success.

Scheduled Workshops

BUENO/WIDA: Exploring Standards for Equitable Bilingual Education

March 19-20, 2019 | Boulder, CO

Participants in this two-day workshop will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about equitable dual language programming. 

We will delve into topics about:

  • school and district context, culture, and climate
  • the intersection of language development across programs
  • the structures and leadership for dual language education
  • standard-based instruction in dual language programs 

Participants will create an action plan that promotes equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners. This planning tool is designed for immediate implementation.

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Pedagogía con Respeto: Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Multilingual Students

April 11, 2019 | Joliet, IL

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. Activities and conversations will focus on maximizing meaning making within academic contexts and the linguistic repertoires of multilingual students in bilingual programs. The workshop also engages participants in discussions around unique language practices of multilingual students, such as translanguaging, and ways educators can align Spanish and English instruction across their bilingual program.

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Pedagogía con Respeto: Pairing Languages and Standards to Advance Student Learning

May 1-2, 2019 | Madison, WI

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. Participants will reflect on current practice to determine ways to leverage the WIDA standards and related tools, such as Los descriptores Podemos and Can Do Descriptors, to inform curriculum design, instruction and assessment.  The workshop also engages participants in discussions about unique language practices of multilinguals, such as translanguaging, and ways educators can align Spanish and English instruction across their program.

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WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners

May 29, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

July 17, 2019 | Madison, WI

Multilingual 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. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for multilingual learners utilizing the WIDA ELD and SLD Frameworks. While planning, participants will have time to reflect on how to leverage productive struggle within a safe learning environment.

Details and Registration (Atlanta)

Details and Registration (Madison)

 

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Spanish Language Development Standards

Expectations for Spanish language learners along the language development continuum.

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WIDA Español

WIDA Español offers educators who teach academic content in Spanish a system for supporting instruction and assessment.

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Recursos en español

Encuentre recursos de instrucción en español adicionales relacionados con el desarrollo del lenguaje.