English Language Learners
English Language Learner (ELL) Curriculum Development Trainings
The purpose of the ELL Curriculum Development trainings is to further develop participants' understanding of the WIDA English Language Development standards framework and how to integrate them curriculum and instruction for ELLs. These three-day trainings are designed for ESL and content area curriculum educators and/or administrators interested in learning about one approach for integrating the WIDA standards into unit design and lesson planning. They are meant as a follow up to the Basic WIDA ToTs and require a basic knowledge of the organization and structure of the WIDA ELD standards framework.
- Understanding WIDA implementation expectations for districts and educators;
- Developing a deeper understanding of the key components of the WIDA ELD standards framework;
- Exploring, modeling and practicing one approach for integrating components of the WIDA ELD standards framework into content area lesson planning;
- Exploring approaches for integrating components of the WIDA ELD standards framework into Understanding by Design (UbD) units; and
- Sharing district initiatives and strategies for integrating the WIDA standards into ESL and content area curriculum.
These three day trainings will not fully address the following:
- How to integrate WIDA into curriculum maps
- How to create a fully fledged unit of instruction for content area or ESL classes
- How to develop a scope and sequence for ESL instruction
Educators who complete the ELL Curriculum Development trainings will be equipped to collaborate with other district staff to develop district-specific approaches for integrating components of the WIDA framework into content area curriculum. This training is also useful for district leaders responsible for developing strategies and plans for integrating WIDA into district curriculum.