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English Language Learners

Online Learning Opportunities

WIDA professional learning modules are available free to Consortium members via the secure website login. Online Learning Modules are designed to provide engaging learning opportunities anytime, anywhere.

WIDA's Taking Action for ELLs: Foundational Concepts

Objective: Educators will be able to build their awareness of ELLs, explore the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, and take action in their classroom.

Audience: This module engages educators with a beginning level of awareness of WIDA and/or English language development, including:

  • Language and content educators
  • Educators working as a team in their school or district
  • Coaches or district PD facilitators who could create blended learning or dialogue around educating ELLs
     

WIDA Tutorial: Introduction to the 2012 Amplified WIDA ELD Standards
 

WIDA's Engaging ELLs: Teaching to Student Strengths (coming Summer 2016)

Objective: Educators, like you, will be able to create a student portrait to help leverage students' interests, strengths, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds to support language development and academic success.

Audience: This module engages educators with an intermediate level of awareness of WIDA and/or English language development, including:

  • Language and content educators
  • Educators working as a team in their school or district
  • Coaches or district PD facilitators who could create blended learning or dialogue around educating ELLs
     

Stanford Online

Stanford Online offers free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide, and a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University's schools and departments.

Subscribe to Stanford for announcements of free MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) taught by experts such as Kenji Hakuta and Jeff Zwiers. Past offerings have included courses such as:

  1. Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness
  2. Learning as Evidence: Improving ELLs' Argumentation Skills through Formative Assessment Practice
  3. Using Complex Text to Develop Language
  4. Teaching Designated English Language Development with a Focus on Communication
  5. Integrating English Language Development and Content Area Learning: A Conversation-Based Approach!


Last Updated: March 17, 2016
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