Foundational Concepts Companion Guide and Online Module for K–12 Educators

NEW! Available 9/1/2017

3 PLUs | 30 Participant Maximum*

Delivery Format: Beginning to Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

The online module with the Companion Guide expands educator's knowledge using activities with reflective questions to promote discussions and supports around building awareness of ELLs, exploring the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, and promoting taking instructional action in the classroom. This package can assist in building capacity in a school or district around English language learners (ELLs) and English language development within academic settings. There is enough material for 2 full days of training. The facilitator can determine which activities and steps to use with their PLC.

The package includes:

  1. The Taking Action for ELLs: Foundational Concepts Online Module, which has content that is chunked into three topics:
    • Learning interactivities
    • Download documents and worksheets
    • Video clips from a scholar and teachers
  2. The Foundational Concepts Companion Guide for K–12 Educators booklet, which has content that is chunked into the same three topics:
    • Discussion prompts to influence thinking and dialogue among colleagues
    • Participant activities
    • Educator reflections
    • Video clips from scholars who contribute to the field of ELL education
    • Video clips from teachers using best practices
    • Suggestions for facilitation and individual use with sample learning agendas
    • Ways to approach the training
    • Handouts and worksheets to promote reflective thinking
    • Organization information including facilitation time, materials needed, reference screens from the module, and suggestions of what to say and do to carry out each activity
  3. Asynchronous Tutorial for getting started, including:
    • Where to locate the resources
    • What to do first
    • Suggestions for setting up the PLC
    • Organization of the module and layout of the companion guide
    • Facilitation ideas

*We have found this audience size to be the most effective for facilitator-participant interaction. If you are considering additional participants, this must be discussed and approved with WIDA in advance as it may change the number of facilitators required for the event.


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