Office Hours and training activities are designed for Pennsylvania educators and students or faculty members in PA institutions of higher education. Participants must register with their respective education institution’s email address.
PDE Office Hours
PDE's English Language Development Office Hours is an open forum for educators across the Commonwealth to engage in Q&A with PDE staff, content experts, and ELD colleagues across the state. All educators in PA LEAs are encouraged to attend, including ESL Specialists, PreK-12 content teachers, building and district level administrators, paraprofessionals, specialists, and Intermediate Unit personnel. Office Hours are not eligible for Act 48 continuing education credits.
Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc. Bob Measel, Title III Director and Bilingual Education Adviser, Pennsylvania Department of Education
This three-part online series introduces educators to the state’s recommended ELD curriculum development framework. Educators will deep dive into the 2020 WIDA Standards, Understanding by Design (UbD), and linguistics while being guided through the development process in a step-by-step and modeled approach.
Act 48 Eligible:
up to 9 hours
K-12 content teachers; K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators
When Literacy Ate Language: Transitioning from Literacy Interventions to Multilingual Pedagogies
Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Education Officer at WITF, Inc.
English learners often find themselves assigned to scripted literacy interventions to address their below-grade-level reading abilities. Yet, this designation does not often consider the intersections between multilingual learning and literacy development, and, worse yet, most literacy interventions assigned to ELs are actually designed for use with monolingual students. In this session, we will explore ways to move from commonplace scripted literacy interventions to practices that situate literacy in a multilingual pedagogical framework.
Act 48 Eligible:
K-12 ELA teachers, ESL Specialists, Reading Specialists, and K-12 ESL Specialists; school and district administrators
This workshop includes one mandatory self-paced module and two live webinars. Participants will explore the underpinnings of the Speaking Test in a self-paced module that allows for choice and control. In the webinars, participants will engage in meaning making activities that provide ways to nurture students’ speaking growth. This workshop is unique in that participants will be asked to speak and share ideas with colleagues during the webinars. By engaging in the workshop, participants will:
Apply the underpinnings of the Speaking Assessment to classroom practice
Connect the Key Language Uses to instructional practices in speaking
Explore the impact of holding the floor for extended classroom discourse
Choose Teacher Moves to support student voice
Develop an ear for language to support precision decisions
Please note: Participants must complete Module 1 before the first webinar and complete post-webinar tasks. Webinars will not be recorded. This course takes place in WIDA’s Canvas platform. Once registering, you will be enrolled in the Canvas course, where you will go to participate in all aspects of the workshop.
UPLOAD YOUR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Act 48 Eligible:
4 hours. Educators must complete all aspects of the workshop and submit their WIDA certificate of completion to be awarded Act 48 credits.
This virtual workshop is designed to support all K-12 educators who would like to explore the connection between the ACCESS Speaking Test and classroom practices that promote oral language development.
We are excited to once again be able to offer all PA educators access to WIDA’s full catalogue of online self-paced (asynchronous) courses! The following courses will be available beginning September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024.
Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics
Engaging Multilingual learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena
Exploring the WIDA PreK-3 Essential Actions
Home Languages in the Classroom (ICMEE)
Making Language Visible in the Classroom
Newcomers: Promoting Success through Strengthening Practice
Reframing Education for Long-term English Learners
Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach