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To Kentucky Teachers


Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), districts/schools have a legal obligation to provide services that enable ELs to obtain English language proficiency (ELP) but also have equal access to all educational programs and services. Therefore, districts must provide the personnel necessary to effectively implement an EL program. This does not only include teachers who are certified to provide EL services, but core-content teachers trained to support EL students and trained administrators who can evaluate these teachers and programs. Districts/schools must provide professional learning to prepare EL teachers, content teachers, and administrators to implement and evaluate the EL program effectively. ESSA guidance requires that districts improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders, with an emphasis on capacity building that focuses on the needs of English learners. To assist districts in meeting these obligations, KDE Title III is hosting EL specific workshops to provide content teachers, instructional coaches, and EL teachers’ effective strategies.

Below is a list of EL specific workshops the KDE will be hosting this fall. The locations are not finalized. Efforts are being made to locate the Collaboration workshop in the Bowling Green area. Please forward and share this information to staff that serve ELs. Several of the workshops are designed for both content teachers and EL teachers.





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Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development

Sept. 11-12


Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack


WIDA Scaffolding

Sept. 26-27




WIDA Collaboration

Oct. 30-31




WIDA Interpreting ACCESS 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction

Nov. 2




Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development (Follow-up session)

Nov. 14-15


Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack


The Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development workshop provide educators with the foundations and the practical applications that will 1) enhance teacher’s classroom instruction, 2) improve instructional coaches’ ability to carry out coaching conversations with their peers, and 3) provide administrators with a lens through which to assess the quality of instruction for their English learners. The workshop facilitators, Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack, have worked as part of Stanford University Understanding Language Initiative. Steven Weiss is the Project Manager for the Stanford ELL Leadership Network, a collaboration between seven small to medium sized school districts in Northern California focused on developing leadership capacity around ELs. Lydia Stack was part of the Understanding Language working group that developed the ELA units. Both have extensive experience teaching ELs in the classroom and providing workshops worldwide.

The workshop will be located in Elizabethtown this year on September 11-12 with the follow-up session on November 14-15. The workshop is for upper elementary and secondary school ELA/Science/Social Studies teachers, English Language Development Teachers (ESL teachers), resource teachers, instructional coaches, and could be beneficial to principals and other administrators. The workshop can be flexible to accommodate lower elementary teachers if that is an area of need for a district. The workshop facilitators will take up to 100 participants and reached capacity last year with a wait list of over 10.

Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Learners (4 days)

  • September 11-12 
  • November 14 – 15 (follow-up session)

Register at Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Learners

The WIDA Scaffolding Workshop September 26 – 27 will be held at 300 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. This is the same WIDA Scaffolding Workshop that was held at KDE in the fall of 2017 and had a wait list. WIDA limits the workshop to 40 participants.


WIDA Scaffolding Workshop (2 days)

  • September 26 – 27

Register at WIDA Scaffolding Workshop

The WIDA Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment.  Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development meaning making through language use and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners. Teams will leave the workshop with access to tools and resources necessary for implementing collaborative structures at their school around the needs of the ELs. WIDA limits the workshop to 35 participants.

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

  • October 30 – 31

Register at Collaboration

The WIDA Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction Workshop November 2  will be held at 300 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. This WIDA Workshop is designed for new and less experienced EL educators and EL Coordinators. Participants will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS score reports. Participants will examine the different types and uses of score reports and make connections between the students proficiency scores and WIDA Performance Definitions. WIDA limits the workshop to 50 participants.


WIDA Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction Workshop (1 day)

  • November 2

Register at Score Reports for Instruction Workshop

In addition, KDE may be offering an eLearning and/or webinar from WIDA. Information will be provided when that is confirmed.

Thank you,

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Gary Martin

Title III/EL Program Consultant, Diverse Learners Branch,

Division of Learning Services

Office of Teaching and Learning

Kentucky Department of Education

300 Sower Blvd. – 5th floor

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-4970, ext. 4157/Fax (502) 564-6721

Email: gary.martin@education.ky.gov


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