WIDA International

WIDA International Institute – Implementing the WIDA Standards and Assessment System in International Contexts

A four-day introduction to the WIDA English Language

Development standards framework and assessments, this WIDA Institute will help schools to build capacity for a systemic approach to serving ELLs using the WIDA resources.

What teachers have said about the WIDA International Institute

"Understanding how the WIDA components/resources fit together is the most useful learning from the Institute for me. WIDA provides a thorough approach and the pragmatic tools necessary to address the strengths/needs of an English Language Learner in an international context."

"The importance of Academic Language for ELLs is something that we have been working on for a couple of years, and the WIDA Institute helped to confirm that we are on the right track. Also, it was great to have a complete overview of WIDA: it's not just about the assessment tool!"

"I learned very much in a short amount of time. I was really appreciative of the staff for helping us think about how we can teach others about WIDA and how to implement it in our schools."

"I found the summaries at the end of presentations to be immensely helpful. Hearing from presenters currently working in the field when discussing implementation was more helpful than only hearing theory."

Institute Description

Participants in this Institute will engage with components of the WIDA Standards and Assessment system and explore how it can be implemented in their context. During the Institute, participants will use the WIDA standards framework to analyze the academic language demands of content standards at their school and create an instructional and assessment plan based on the needs of their students. Participants will also have opportunities to develop context-specific implementation plans for communication and collaboration with staff members.

Institute participants will also benefit from networking opportunities with international educators both in person and through an online community forum.

Daily Schedule

8:00–8:30 coffee and refreshments
8:30–12:00 morning session (including coffee break)
12:00–1:00 lunch (provided)
1:00–4:00* afternoon session (including coffee break)

* Note: The afternoon session of the final day of the Academy will conclude at 3:00
Credit
Credit from the UW-Madison is available for participating in this event at an additional cost.

Registration Cost

Attendance is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.
Registration fee includes coffee/refreshments and lunch for four days. Participants also receive a copy of the WIDA Essential Actions Handbook and The WIDA International English Language Development Standards and Resource Guide.

$800 for Early-Bird Registration
$900 for Late Registration

*Participants from the Host School receive a $100 discount.

Payment Options: credit card, purchase order or check
Registration is NOT final until payment is received.

Refund Policy

Registration fee is non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or no-shows. If the event is cancelled, registrants will be reimbursed for registration fees only.

Accommodation Recommendations

Institute participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

Additional questions? Please contact: international@wida.us

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WIDA International Symposium

The WIDA Symposium is a unique two-day forum for innovation, dialogue and reciprocal professional learning about the WIDA standards framework. The Symposium blends learning with dialogue, presenting an opportunity for experienced WIDA practitioners to deepen their knowledge and share their experience with other international school teachers.

What teachers have said about the WIDA Symposium:

"All of the activities were useful because they involved interaction and sharing ideas with other educators who are using WIDA"

"I loved the world cafe where we were able to meet with other teachers, speak about concerns and topics of interest, and talk about things that were important to us. I got a lot of ideas and took a lot away from these sessions."

"We are really impressed with the idea that we need to move WIDA into the curriculum. While the tools shared to do this are helpful, it was just as valuable to hear the experiences of other schools. I am really impressed with the idea that all our teachers and administrators need to be on the same page. If we share the same vision and values, then the nuts and bolts of MPIs and CAN DOs etc. will fall into place much easier. Definitely, our next step is to look at the infusing WIDA into the top, curriculum unit level instead of just working ad-hoc at the lesson level. But, even more important, to build that unified vision, we need to write that master implementation plan and get the school administration behind it. Once we have the plan and the vision, we can easily put together all the pieces of the puzzle."

"Some of my biggest "ah-ha" moments at the Symposium came during informal chats around the coffee dispenser or at lunch. The opportunity to learn more about other schools and their EAL programs was a powerful part of this weekend."

Audience

International educators (EAL teachers, administrators) who have participated in previous WIDA training or are familiar with WIDA English Language Development standards and assessments. Schools are encouraged to send teams of educators to build capacity for implementation. Attendance is limited; registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Share best practices in using WIDA resources
  2. Troubleshoot common challenges and solutions using the WIDA framework 
  3. Share questions, concerns and lessons learned in the implementation of WIDA tools
  4. Identify professional development needs and targets for future WIDA development
  5. Develop a community of international colleagues to support one another in building programs to serve ELLs
  6. Learn from other schools’ experiences in implementing WIDA resources

Daily Schedule

8:00–8:30 coffee and refreshments
8:30–12:00 morning session (including coffee break)
12:00–1:00 lunch (provided)
1:00–4:00* afternoon session (including coffee break)

* Note: The afternoon session of the final day of the Symposium will conclude at 3:00

Costs

$500 Early Bird Registration
$600 Late Registration

Participants from the Host School receive a $100 discount.

Registration fee includes coffee/refreshments and lunch for two days. Participants also receive a copy of the WIDA Essential Actions Handbook.

Who should attend

  1. Attendees from previous WIDA training events
  2. EAL teachers who have used WIDA MODEL and/or the WIDA ELD framework
  3. International educators (EAL teachers, administrators) from WIDA International School Consortium member schools who have participated in previous WIDA training or are familiar with WIDA English Language Development standards and assessments. Schools are encouraged to send teams of educators to build capacity for implementation.

Attendance is limited; registration is on a first-come, first served basis.

Accommodation Recommendations

Workshop participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation, but a listing of nearby hotels will be provided.

Additional questions? Please contact: international@wida.us

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WIDA International School Consortium

The WIDA International School Consortium is a network of international schools that use WIDA's research-based standards and assessments.
WISC is for international schools who want to meet the needs of their English language learners (ELL) with the leading standards and assessments for K–12 ELLs.

This network is managed by WIDA’s non-profit partner, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS), and provides support across the spectrum of international school needs.

WIDA resources and International Schools
International schools are using WIDA MODEL as a screener, placement test or summative assessment for ELLs. In addition, some international schools use WIDA MODEL results as part of the admissions process.

Please visit wisc.wceps.org to learn more or to become a member.