Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Interested in presenting at the WIDA conference?

The word is out!

WIDA announced last week that they will be holding a national conference from October 17 to October 19, 2013. I am so excited about so many aspects of this conference. It will be in Milwaukee, my second favorite city on Lake Michigan.  The conference will be open to all educators, regardless of their membership in the WIDA Consortium.  The conference theme is Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths.  I can’t wait to see what the sessions will be about! Speaking of which, guess who might be presenting at the conference? 



Yes, you! Let me explain.  The mission of the conference is to provide PreK - grade 12 educators of language learners with opportunities for professional development, idea sharing, relationship building and strategic collaboration.  The goal is to have everyone walk away with something that they can implement immediately. As the WIDA staff members considered how to accomplish this mission, they decided to use the best resource they have: educators!

The conference won’t be focused solely on WIDA products or services. WIDA staff is encouraging presentation submissions from educators (individuals or teams) that will allow their peers to have concrete take-aways that can be put into practice right away.

The presentation topic areas are:
•    Academic language and literacy
•    Effective instructional practices
•    Program management
•    National initiatives

More details, including guiding questions and examples of potential topics are available on the conference website.   The call for presentations is now open!  Please plan to submit your presentation proposal through the conference website by February 15, 2013.

In the meantime, mark your calendars.  I am looking forward to meeting you there!

Written by: Tammy King

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