Spring 2018

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We Still Need Your Input

Please share your thoughts on the WIDA Instructional Framework

There is still time for your feedback about the new WIDA Instructional Framework that will enhance the WIDA ELD Standards. Team up with colleagues and work as a group. Then, each person can take the survey to share your thoughts.  
  • Who: All stakeholders involved in language learner education
  •  What: Provide input on the draft WIDA Instructional Framework
  •  When: March 22 – April 20, 2018
  • Why: To make sure this work meets your needs and those of your students!

Public Input Tip

Need an idea to get your colleagues involved in reviewing the resources and providing feedback? Here’s one to try.
  • Have teachers work in pairs (ELL & content) to review the same draft.
  • Content teachers critique the content connections and teacher/student actions.
  • Language teachers focus on language functions and progressions.
  • Come together for rich discussions and to share your observations.
  • Remember to allow 15-20 minutes at the end for each participant to fill out the survey!

Supported System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and WIDA Screener

Professional Development

WIDA 2018 Annual Conference

  • Registration Now Open!

Come, grow, and connect at the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference, the largest conference anywhere dedicated to Prekindergarten through Grade 12 English language learner educators.
Providing access to the best resources, proven strategies, and connections to peers and experts needed to reinvigorate your practice. Early registration is running through May 31, 2018. Join us and experience how schools and communities empower one another. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend:
  • Take part in a conference designed by teachers, for teachers
  • Join the largest conference dedicated to the teaching and support of Prekindergarten through 12 grade language learners
  • Learn something new
  • Build lasting connections
  • Have a blast!

WIDA Screener

North Dakota  is now only using  the WIDA Screener and K MODEL for the identification assessments of English learners. Test administrators for these two assessments MUST be trained prior to administering the assessments. The WIDA Screener training is located on the WIDA website. For MODEL training refer to the training videos on the CD included in your MODEL kit.

Access for ELLS 2.0

Score Interpretation Resource

Score report resources for 2017-2018 testing are now updated on the WIDA website. Click on the highlighted text below to learn more about: Lesson Plans for talking with students about ACCESS testing and results

North Dakota EL Coordinator Monthly Meetings

The NDDPI has been hosting monthly EL Coordinator meetings via Adobe Connect. You are welcome to join the conversation. The meeting schedule is also on the NDDPI website.

The North Dakota Biliteracy Seal

The North Dakota Biliteracy Seal will be a positive opportunity for students. The NDDPI has run into a couple stumbling blocks but is committed to making this opportunity a reality for students. Our goal is to have the ND Seal of Biliteracy available in the 2018-19 school year.

Identification and Screening

North Dakota has identification and screening procedures in accordance with ESSA. Please review the new Identification and Screening Guidance document to ensure compliance for districts and schools.

WIDA Screener Webinars

WIDA and DRC are offering free live Q&A webinars on WIDA Screener. The webinars will be broken out into two different versions – one for online administration and one for paper administration. No advance registration is required. All of these webinars will be recorded and posted on the WIDA website once completed.
Tuesday, April 24
2pm-3pm CT
Audio: 1-415-655-0002
Access Code: 666 957 816
Thursday, May 10
2pm-3pm CT
Audio: 1-415-655-0002
Access Code: 668 271 113
Thursday, August 9
11am-12pm CT
Audio: 1-415-655-0002
Access Code: 669 278 189
Wednesday, August 22
11am-12pm CT
Audio: 1-415-655-0002
Access Code: 663 892 343
Wednesday, September 12
3pm-4pm CT
Audio: 1-415-655-0002
Access Code: 665 029 336

How to Chunk Instruction: Making Instruction EL-Friendly

Share Success or Ideas

  • The ExcELing Educator will continue to spotlight schools, teachers, students or ideas. Please share your successes or ideas. Send them to Lodee Arnold.