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or, Now That You Got WIDA Levels, What Do You Do With Them?. So… WIDA? So What?. John Wolfe Multilingual Program Facilitator [email protected] 612.668.0407 http://www.mplsesl.wikispaces.com June 15, 2012. The WIDA Levels.

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or, Now That You Got WIDA Levels, What Do You Do With Them?

So… WIDA? So What?

John Wolfe

Multilingual Program Facilitator

[email protected]

612.668.0407

http://www.mplsesl.wikispaces.com

June 15, 2012


The WIDA Levels


One score for each Language Domain … and one score to bind them


Sure, the ESL teacher loves all this WIDA stuff.

But what does it mean to you?


Today (What WIDA Means to You)

  • The Essence of WIDA

  • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

    • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

    • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • Relax … Everything (and more) is on The Wikihttp://www.mplsesl.wikispaces.com/


    The Essence of WIDAWIDA gives you key information about the language that an English Learner can handle for grade-level learning.

    The Essence of WIDAWIDA gives you key information about the language that an English Learner can handle for grade-level learning.

    The Essence of WIDAWIDA gives you key information about the language that an English Learner can handle for grade-level learning.


    The Essence of WIDAWIDA gives you key information about the language that an English Learner can handle for grade-level learning.How hard – how difficult, how challenging – can that language be?


    In other words, Essence of WIDA …

    Is this too hard?

    What can the ELs do while the other kids are answering these questions?

    He should be able to do this, right?

    How do I know I’m not lowering my expectations?


    WIDA Proficiency Levels (Nutshell Perspective)

    WIDA Levels describe the difficulty of the language we can reasonably expect a student to be able to use for grade-level content learning.


    Today (What WIDA Means to You)

    • The Essence of WIDA

    • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

      • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

      • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • At its simplest, WIDA = 6 levelsEach Level = describes the language ELs can handle.


    … but nothing’s ever that simple…

    But what might that look like in a particular lesson in a particular unit?

    Remember! language serves content learning

    But what does that look like at different grades? With different language domains? (Speak/Listen/ Read/Write)

    What students can do with language BROADLY


    WIDA Criteria = WIDA DNA


    WIDA Skeleton: The Can-Do Descriptors

    For each grade cluster, suggests examples of the Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing tasks that are appropriate for each WIDA Proficiency Level.


    I stress:

    “with visual, graphic, or interactive support through Level 4”


    Today (What WIDA Means to You)

    • The Essence of WIDA

    • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

      • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

      • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • WIDA Philosophy in a Nutshell


    WIDA: The Bigger Nutshell

    • Language is the toolfor learning!

    • LEP’s are in mainstream classrooms. (Easily 80% of the time in MPS.)

    • LEP’s use their Limited English to learn in 5 basic contexts (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Social & Amplification.)

    • EL’s English -- no matter how limited– is an asset for learning. You work with what you’ve got!

    • WIDA is designed to help allteachersmodify the language demands of instruction to provide LEP students with meaningful access to content.


    Modifying the Language Demands to Match the Learner’s Language Proficiency: The 3 ½-Step Process


    Today (What WIDA Means to You)

    • The Essence of WIDA

    • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

      • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

      • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • Stoop down for content instruction ….

    Because you can modify your language to meet your English Learners’ needs – but they can’t modify theirs to meet your demands.

    Make students stretch for language instruction …


    One approach: Ongoing focus on ELD through content instructionhttp://mplsesl.wikispaces.com/MDE-WIDA-ProgressMonitor


    Today (What WIDA Means to You)

    • The Essence of WIDA

    • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

      • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

      • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • How will ESL teachers develop the expertise to do all this?

    Natural brilliance … and

    Ongoing job-embedded professional development


    Meeting ELs’ Needs: Take 2

    Instruction to support ELs’ language-related learning needsshould be characterized by five features:

    • Standards-Based / Learning Target Focused

    • WIDA-Informed

    • Language Intensive

    • Formative Assessment

    • Collaborative

    • What you’re aiming for

    • What language the students can handle

    • How to use the right language

    • How to know if the students are learning

    • How to get all this done


    The PD Options


    Today (What WIDA Means to You)

    • The Essence of WIDA

    • The DNA and SKELETON of WIDA

      • DNA = The WIDA Criteria

      • Skeleton = The Can-Do Descriptors

  • WIDA in a Nutshell

    • 3 ½ Steps

  • But there’s more … EL’s need TWO things!Support for Content Learning & ELD (English Lang Development)

  • ELD:

    • Stoop for Content Instruction; Stretch ‘em for ELD

    • ELD through Ongoing Progress Monitoring

  • How to meet the WIDA Challenge? The Multilingual Department’s Five Key Features of Instruction for EL’s


  • Let the collaboration begin …


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