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. Specific topics addressed will include policy, instructional leadership, collaborative relationships between students, teachers, families and data teams that are necessary for language learners to thrive. Participants will engage in interactive tasks related to equitable instruction for multilingual learners, discussions and reflections, video analysis, and action planning.
This workshop is designed for School Principals and Administrators who are responsible for school-level policies, leading school improvement planning and data analysis processes, and making decisions about programs and professional development. No experience in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop.
This workshop 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?
Participants will be able to
- Describe how school language policies are used to reinforce current school improvement processes
- Identify some characteristics of culturally and linguistically appropriate instruction for multilingual learners
- Analyze their collaborative structures and language service programs
- Identify characteristics and practices of authentic and culturally responsive leadership
- Describe principles of data literacy to support equitable practices
35 Participant Maximum