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WIDA 2013 National Conference

October 17-19, 2013
Milwaukee, WI
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Interim Assessments: Tools Supporting Collaboration Between Content and Language
As a new feature of WIDA’s assessment system funded by the ASSETS grant, interim assessments (IAs) are currently being designed to help provide support to both content and language specialists as they plan instruction for students who are developing proficiency in academic English. The new IAs are expected to be adaptive (“smart”) computer-based assessments that will allow educators the option of collecting data on their students’ current level of academic language proficiency within a specific Standard and across several domains, at multiple points during a school-year.

This interactive session highlights WIDA’s philosophy of bringing together educators and researchers to design relevant, educator-informed assessment tools. Participants will learn of the proposed design for these assessments, interact with sample items and test prototypes, and participate in focus groups to offer feedback to test developers. This feedback will be used by the test developers of the IAs as they think through which assessment modules to create and make available, as well as how to present the most useful information about students’ language proficiency to students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.

Presenters include: David Gabel
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 3:15 – 4:15 pm

Developing Academic Literacy with English Learners in Grades 6-12
New national standards provide an opportunity to reconceptualize what literacy and language development mean for ELs in academic contexts. This session will (1) explain and provide examples of a 21st century approach to literacy development, (2) show how academic language is embedded in the practices promoted by the national standards, and (3) apply this approach in the context of a US History lesson, highlighting strategies using multimodal resources for developing academic language and literacy.

Presenters: Laura Wright, Annie Duguay
Friday, October 18, 2013, 11:00am – 12:15pm

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Roundtable Discussion: Promoting Content and Language Instruction for English Learners Through a Training of Trainers Model
This roundtable discussion will address promoting content and language instruction for English learners through a Training of Trainers model. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how to design and implement a train the trainers model aimed specifically at the needs of English learners and their teachers, and examine how to promote standards-based instruction for students still acquiring proficiency in academic English.

Facilitator: Jennifer Himmel
Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:15 - 4:30 pm

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