Administrator Academy: Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth. Leading schools with a focus on language learner achievement means that the entire school community shares a commitment to creating equitable opportunities to learn and for academic language development. This Academy will emphasize the importance of cultivating the collaborative relationships between teachers, students, families and data teams that are necessary for language learners to thrive.


    This Academy is for you if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

    • Are you a school administrator (e.g., Principal, Vice or Assistant Principal)? 
    • Are you (at least) partially responsible for crafting school policies and the school improvement plan?
    • Do you have the authority to make decisions related to schedules and program options at the school level?
    • Do you have control over the time and topics that are provided for professional development for teachers at a school level?
    • Do you lead data analysis meetings and (help) decide which data gets analyzed and who participates in the analysis?

    Daily Topics

    The three days will be divided into learning sections related to:

    • Creating or enhancing school language policies within current school improvement processes
    • Instructional leadership and responsibilities for developing staff capacity to implement the WIDA Standards framework through integrated content and language instruction
    • Enhancing collaborative structures & relationships in quality language programs of service
    • Maintaining authentic and culturally responsive family partnerships
    • Applying principles of data literacy when making decisions about school structures and programs for language learners

    Day 1

    8-9:00 AM - Welcome & Breakfast
    9-12:00 PM - Critical Equity-Focused Leadership; Roles Navigating External Contexts
    12-1:00 PM - Lunch
    1-3:00 PM - Structuring Quality Language Programs; Equity-Focused Leadership Panel
    3-3:30 PM - Closing & Home Learning Opportunity

    Day 2

    8-9:00 AM - Welcome/Review & Breakfast
    9-12:00 PM - Engaging English Language Learner Families; Collaborative Student Engagement
    12-1:00 PM - Lunch
    1-3:00 PM - Collaborative Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    3-3:30 PM - Closing & Home Learning Opportunity

    Day 3

    8-9:00 AM - Welcome/Review & Breakfast
    9-12:00 PM - Data Literacy: A Balanced System Discussing Student Data
    12-1:00 PM - Lunch
    1-2 PM - Program Evaluation
    2-2:30 PM - Closing


    Please make hotel reservations at the Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown to receive the group rate. If you make a reservation over the phone, please reference UW-Madison/WIDA. 

    Event information

    June 25 - 27, 2019
    Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown

    Registration and costs


    Early Bird Price

    Register by April 29, 2019


    Regular Price

    Register by May 26, 2019

    All travel, transportation and parking expenses are paid by attendees.
    Registration fee is non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for cancelations or no-shows. If WIDA cancels the event, participants will be reimbursed for their registration fee.