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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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So wida so what

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

The WIDA Levels


One score for each language domain and one score to bind them

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


Sure the esl teacher loves all this wida stuff

Sure, the ESL teacher loves all this WIDA stuff.

But what does it mean to you?


Today what wida means 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 wiki http www mplsesl wikispaces com

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


    So wida so what

    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.


    So wida so what

    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

    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 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 you1

    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 levels each level describes the language els can handle

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


    So wida so what

    … 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 Criteria = WIDA DNA


    Wida skeleton the can do descriptors

    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.


    So wida so what

    I stress:

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


    Today what wida means to you2

    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 Philosophy in a Nutshell


    Wida the bigger 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 step process

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


    Today what wida means to you3

    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

    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 …


    So wida so what

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


    Today what wida means to you4

    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

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

    Natural brilliance … and

    Ongoing job-embedded professional development


    Meeting els needs take 2

    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

    The PD Options


    Today what wida means to you5

    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


  • So wida so what

    Let the collaboration begin …


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