2019 WIDA Annual Conference
Teaching for Equity in a Multilingual World
WIDA offers in-person workshops and academies throughout the year in key locations across the country. Individuals and groups can register to attend these events on a variety of instruction-oriented topics.
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.
As teachers, we want to empower multilingual writers, not only to produce successful academic writing, but, more importantly, to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. We want students to know how to leverage writing as a powerful tool to understand the world, express themselves effectively, learn from one another, and argue for the things they believe in. This vision requires intentional, language-focused instruction and is strengthened when it occurs through authentic writing tasks in the content areas.
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. Participants will utilize tools and resources from the WIDA Standards Framework to assist them in designing instruction that promotes content learning and language development.