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Nov. 2019  

  Reminder: Free PD available to build your capacity to work with English learners

The South Dakota Department of Education has partnered with WIDA Professional Learning to offer educators access to six, self-paced, on-demand eWorkshops. These free workshops are available to educators throughout the 2019-20 school year and are appropriate for all teachers and administrators, not only teachers currently working with English learners.

Professionally developed by WIDA, a trusted name in the field of multilingual learner education and assessment, these eWorkshops cover a range of topics intended for a variety of audiences. We’re excited to offer this opportunity for several reasons:

Unlimited enrollment – With no limit on the number of participants, these eWorkshops are ideal for a district looking for high quality professional development for their entire staff.

Easy to access – Log in at any time, from any place. No need to spend extra money and time on travel. WIDA’s eWorkshops are a great option for rural districts. A WIDA account is needed to log in. If an educator doesn’t have an account already, they can contact their district assessment coordinator.

Professional learning for everyone – Not just for teachers of multilingual learners—everyone from administrators and facilitators to content teachers and specialists can find an eWorkshop relevant to their goals.

Actionable content – School leaders, general classroom, and ESL teachers will be introduced to strategies and resources they can put to use in their instruction right away.

Flexibility – WIDA’s eWorkshops can be taken individually at an educator’s own pace or utilized by a larger group or professional learning community.

Contact hours and graduate credit available – Once a participant completes an eWorkshop, they will be asked to complete a workshop evaluation and survey. Upon completion of the evaluation and survey, they will receive a certificate that they can email to Yutzil Becker at the South Dakota Department of Education to earn contact hours. Graduate credits will also be available through the University of Sioux Falls. One graduate credit can be earned for completion of 15 hours of workshops; two graduate credits can be earned for completion of 30 hours of workshops.

See this flyer for detailed information on these WIDA eWorkshops.

Questions? Contact Yutzil Becker with the South Dakota Department of Education.

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