Want to Learn More About Content-Based Instruction? Join This Free Teacher PD Webinar, Share With Your Colleagues!


Please register for Free Teacher Professional Development: Putting the Language Back into English Language Learning in Content Classrooms on Oct 16, 2015 6:00 PM EDT at:



Free Teacher Professional Development: Putting the Language Back into English Language Learning in Content Classrooms


Developing Academic Language for ELLs in the mainstream, content classroom

Offered by Drs. Margo DelliCarpini and Christel Broady

Mainstream teachers are often unprepared or underprepared to meet the language learning needs of ELLs in the mainstream classroom. While a number of approaches focus on ways to build these skills ( SIOP, Content Based Instruction, English for Academic Purposes) they often require that EITHER mainstream teachers OR ESL teachers perform these skills in isolation. We discuss how collaborative practices between mainstream and content teachers can be an effective way to accomplish the language learning goals for ELLS in both the mainstream and ESL setting, as well as discuss ways in which we can prepare mainstream teachers, with proper support, to develop language -driven content objectives that focus on the development of BOTH language and content.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

WIDA Materials


             Presented by:
Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services
September was busy with ELL screening, but now that the screening is done, how do you utilize the WIDA Framework to provide ELL services to your students?
The WIDA Starter Pack is a great place to begin.  It includes both WIDA ELD Standards books, and an Essential Actions Handbook that provide numerous examples to assist in student goal-setting and lesson planning. Can Do Descriptors Booklets help all teachers understand what types of activities students at each level “can do” to access grade-level content.  The pack also includes a WIDA Standards Poster and WIDA Bag.
WIDA offers a variety of online resources in the Download Library as well.

Hispanic Trends in the USA


The nation’s foreign-born population has swelled from 10 million in 1965 to a record 45 million in 2015. By 2065, the U.S. will have a projected 78 million immigrants, and the composition of that population is projected to change, with Asians becoming the largest group. READ MORE >>

Fact Tank: Key takeaways on U.S. immigration: Past, present and future
Map: How America’s sources of immigrants have changed
Key Charts: Statistical portrait of foreign-born population

About half of Republicans say immigrants coming to the U.S. make society worse in the long run, compared with just 24% of Democrats. Large partisan gaps exist elsewhere, with Republicans far more likely than Democrats to say immigrants make crime and the economy worse. READ MORE >>
An interactive timeline details the nation’s many changes in immigration laws and rules. Early legislation tended to impose limits that favored Europeans, but a sweeping 1965 law opened doors to immigrants from other parts of the world. In more recent years, laws and rules have been shaped by refugees, unauthorized immigration and terrorism.  READ MORE >>
Members of Congress today are less likely to be immigrants, especially compared with other periods of history when surges of new arrivals occurred. Just 1% of the current 114th Congress immigrated into the U.S. at some point in their lives, compared with about 10% who were born abroad in the first Congress of 1789-91. READ MORE >>

WIDA Early Childhood


             Presented by:
Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services
The WIDA Store offers 12-month calendars to support DLL language development at home, and they’re available at a new low price!

These 12- month calendars:
  • Feature colorful, child-friendly pictures and activities
  • Have been designed for practitioners to share with families
  • Are Available in English, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish
  • Run September 2015 – August 2016

New price per pack of 10:  

$49 Member

$55 Non-Member

Click here to visit the WIDA Store and stock up on these great calendars for language development at home!

“That Sounds So Cooool”: Entanglements of Children, Digital Tools, and Literacy Practices


Great free downloadable source

TQ_vol49-3_Toohey et al

Bringing Academic Language to the Mainstream: Using Sentence Frames to Collaborate with Classroom Teachers


Great teacher strategy:  https://reclaimingthelanguage.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/bringing-academic-language-to-the-mainstream-using-sentence-frames-to-collaborate-with-classroom-teachers/

Quick Tip: PRIME: 5 Guidelines for Integrating Appropriate Technology


A basic review of how to approach technology use in English instruction:  http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2015-10-01/index.html


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