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WIDA 2013 National Conference
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World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

10/17/2013 to 10/19/2013
When: 10/17/2013
Where: Hilton Center City Hotel
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
United States

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Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths

Invitations to present keynote addresses were extended to:

  • Dr. Kathy Escamilla, Professor of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Cobb County (GA) School District
  • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Aida Walqui, Director, Teacher Professional Development Program, WestEd

Mission

WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

Vision

To be the most trusted resource in the education of PreKindergarten through Grade 12 language learners.

Values

WIDA's CAN DO Philosophy: believing in the assets, contributions, and potential of linguistically diverse students

Collaboration:facilitating interaction among educators, state and local educational agencies, researchers, policy-makers, and experts worldwide

Innovation: drawing from research and practice to find the best solutions for students and educators

Service: exceeding expectations with friendly and knowledgeable support of our customers and stakeholders

 

Who Should Attend?

PreKindergarten through Grade 12 General Education, Content Area, Special Education, and ESL/Bilingual Teachers will:

  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the strengths and understanding of the needs of ELLs
  • Learn new instructional practices and discover new resources to support language learning
  • Analyze the academic language demands of content standards and curricular materials
  • Consider new strategies to improve the educational outcomes of ELLs, including newcomers, those with disabilities, and/or interrupted formal education
  • Expand repertoire of tools and approaches for collaborating with other stakeholders in the education of ELLs
  • Find new ways to advocate in support of ELLs

School and District Administrators will:

  • Explore ways to strengthen the continuum of services provided to ELLs
  • Understand the integration of language and content standards and assessment
  • Learn how data from language proficiency and content assessments can be used to support decisions and inform goal setting
  • Discuss how to build staff capacity as well as family and community involvement

Those who support the education of ELLs will:

  • Attend sessions presented by outstanding educators and national experts
  • Take time to reflect on innovative and inspirational practices with your colleagues
  • Forge new relationships with peers from around the country



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