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Venue

Tampa Convention Center 333 S. Franklin Street Tampa , Florida 33602
Tel: (813) 274-8511
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Overview

The WIDA 2017 Annual Conference marks the fifth anniversary of the event. Under the theme, "United in Purpose, Unique in Practice," the conference expects to host up to 2,000 educators, administrators, and others who work with and support English language learners and young dual language learners. The WIDA conference is the largest and most prominent conference anywhere dedicated to PreK-Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators.

Agenda

Oct 16   
9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM

Administering WIDA Screener Online

This workshop is designed for test administrators of the Online WIDA Screener. During this training the participants learn the purpose & background of the screener and identify its connection to the WIDA ELD Framework. During the training we will use the scoring scales to score Speaking and Writing samples, examine the administration procedures for all four domains, and discover available accommodations on the Screener. We will also explore & practice using WIDA-AMS to set up for test administration, entering scores, & generating Score Reports. All participants must bring a laptop or tablet. Lunch is included with registration for this event.

Pre-Conference Speakers:
    
9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM

Harnessing the Power of Conversations to Foster Language, Content, & Critical Thinking

Harnessing the Power of Conversations to Foster Language, Content, & Critical Thinking Across Disciplines: This workshop focuses on ways to develop key academic conversation skills in students across grade levels and content areas. Through video clips, transcript analysis, and actually doing the activities, participants will gain theory and practices that support the use of conversations to teach content as well as the use of content to develop conversation skills. We will reflect on how to improve: how we prepare students for effective conversations; our design of conversation prompts; how we use activities to focus on specific conversation skills; how we scaffold both quantity and quality of classroom talk; and our conversation observation and feedback skills. Participants will walk away with practical tools and the motivation to use and adapt them to meet the varying needs of their students. Lunch is included with registration for this event.

Pre-Conference Speaker:
    
9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

Introduction to the WIDA English Language Development Framework

This session is designed to introduce newcomers to WIDA to the components of the Framework and learn about WIDA’s theoretical foundations and student-centered focus. During this session, participants will make connections between the guiding principles of language development and the Can Do Philosophy and examine academic language in relation to sociocultural influences on language use. Participants will also identify the language expectations at different proficiency levels using the Performance Definitions. Finally, the Standards matrices will be explored and connected to classroom planning and instruction.

Pre-Conference Speakers:
    
9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM

Introduction to WIDA Early Years

This workshop will introduce participants to the WIDA core values, mission and approaches to supporting, instructing and assessing dual language learners (DLLs) as well as partnering with families. Participants will get an overview of the WIDA Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Framework and learn how to contextualize it to their early learning environments. Lunch is included with registration for this event.

Pre-Conference Speaker:
    
1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM

Multiple Uses of the WIDA Performance Definitions

The Performance Definitions are one of the most valuable but underutilized of the WIDA tools. With a deeper understanding of their possible uses, educators can target students’ development by identifying language demands and exemplar responses in classroom task. Utilized in everyday instructional practices like objectives and rubrics, the Performance Definitions can explicitly match students’ levels with appropriate supports and demonstrate what English learners Can Do with both content and language.

Pre-Conference Speakers:
 
Oct 17   

Meals

7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM

Morning Coffee

 

Exhibitor Event

7:30 AM  -  3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall, TCC Ballrooms B&C

 

Keynote

8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker:

 

Meals

9:15 AM  -  9:45 AM

Morning Break

 

Breakout Sessions

9:45 AM  -  12:15 PM

Workshops

10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM

Spotlight Session: What Student Conversations Can Show Us

This presentation focuses on formative assessment of student-student conversations. We will use a Conversation Observation & Analysis Tool to analyze conversation samples across content areas and grade levels. One goal of the session is to build the key skills of observing student language abilities, content understandings, thinking skills, and nonverbal skills—at the same time—while listening in on one of many student conversations happening during a lesson. Another goal is to quickly figure out what feedback to provide and how to provide it so that students are appropriately supported and pushed to improve how they converse in academic settings and tasks.

Pre-Conference Speaker:
10:00 AM  -  10:20 AM

Standing Session

10:40 AM  -  11:00 AM

Standing Session

 

Meals

11:30 AM  -  1:15 PM

Lunch

Back by popular demand! Lunch is included in conference registration and will be open for an extended period of time to allow flexibility when planning breakout session schedules.

 

Breakout Sessions

11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM

Sponsor Sessions

1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM

Spotlight Session: Engaging & Empowering Families of Language Learners: A Panel Discussion

This lively and informative panel brings together researchers and parent liaisons to discuss considerations to promote family engagement specific to families of language learners. With their varied perspectives and experiences in research, policy, and school life, the panelists will explore questions about challenges and approaches to family engagement that are sensitive to families’ experiences and needs, and that engage families and educators in shared decision-making about students’ language learning and academic development. This panel will interest PreK-12 educators and administrators who want to improve communication and partnerships with families of language learners.

Pre-Conference Speakers:
Guest Speakers:
1:15 PM  -  1:35 PM

Standing Session

 

Meals

2:15 PM  -  2:45 PM

Afternoon Break

 

Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2:45 PM  -  5:15 PM

Workshops

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: Co-assessment as, for, and of Learning: The Power of Collaboration

Co-assessment, integral to the collaborative instructional cycle, underscores the important roles co-teachers of multilingual students play in planning, documenting, interpreting, and sharing data. It centers on a series of mutually agreed upon answers to some key questions, including, ‘What are our shared goals for teaching and learning?’, ‘How can every student demonstrate success?’ and ‘How can assessment and instruction be crafted to maximize each student’s potential to succeed?”. Armed with assessment as, for, and of learning, participants will come to envision how stakeholders working together- namely, students, teachers, and school leaders- hold decision-making powers in regard to data use and explore ways to apply this collaborative assessment frame to their own context.

Guest Speakers:
3:00 PM  -  3:20 PM

Standing Session

4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

 

Meals

6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Grand Ballroom, Tampa Marriott Waterside

The opening reception for the conference takes place in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside, just steps from the Tampa Convention Center. With expansive windows, the views of the Riverwalk and Channel are both energizing and calming. Join us as we unwind and dance the night away with a live Latin band!

Oct 18   

Meals

7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM

Morning Coffee

 

Exhibitor Event

7:30 AM  -  3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall, TCC Ballrooms B&C

 

Keynote

8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker:

 

Meals

9:15 AM  -  9:45 AM

Morning Break

 

Breakout Sessions

9:45 AM  -  12:15 PM

Workshops

10:00 AM  -  11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM

Spotlight Session: Understanding ESSA - Panel Discussion

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) greatly expanded states' flexibility in developing and designing state accountability systems. However, several new requirements have been added to state accountability systems, especially as it relates to English learners. With these new requirements come many technical challenges in developing accountability systems for states. In this panel, we will share emerging ideas in how to address these new technical challenges.

Guest Speakers:
10:00 AM  -  10:20 AM

Standing Session

10:40 AM  -  11:00 AM

Standing Session

 

Meals

11:30 AM  -  1:15 PM

Lunch

Back by popular demand! Lunch is included in conference registration and will be open for an extended period of time to allow flexibility when planning breakout session schedules.

 

Breakout Sessions

11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM

Sponsor Sessions

1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM

Spotlight Session: Equity & Excellence for All: The Journey of a Midwestern Suburban School District

Equity & Excellence for All: The Journey of a Midwestern Suburban School District’s Efforts to Create an Equitable System & Close Opportunity Gaps. The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District is a high performing Midwestern suburban school district in Wisconsin that changed its discourse regarding the race based achievement gap and is tackling the issue by building a foundation of sustainable change through five pillars: Student Engagement/Development; Staff and Board Development; Community Engagement and Partnerships; Family Engagement; and Operations. This breakout session will highlight the positive impact each pillar has had on the district and dig deeper into the change process using a SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats) analysis. In this session, participants will leave with practical ideas, useful tools, a list of resources and activities to consider that can postitively change educational outcomes for all students.

Guest Speakers:
1:15 PM  -  1:35 PM

Standing Session

 

Meals

2:15 PM  -  2:45 PM

Afternoon Break

 

Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2:45 PM  -  5:15 PM

Workshops

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM

Spotlight Session: Children’s Multilingual Dev & Ed: Fostering Linguistic Resources in Home & School

Children’s Multilingual Development and Education: Fostering Linguistic Resources in Home and School Contexts. The presentation examines the beliefs, attitudes and actions of families and educators whose lives and work are centered on raising and educating children to acquire more than one language. Interviews with study participants add first-hand experiences and personal insights into the perceived challenges and rewards of multilingualism. Key connections between the families’ and the educators’ perspectives are made in an attempt to shift from a piecemeal approach to multilingual support in the U.S. to a more systematic or collectivist outlook on multilingualism.

Guest Speakers:
3:00 PM  -  3:20 PM

Standing Session

4:15 PM  -  5:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Oct 19   

Meals

7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM

Morning Coffee

 

Keynote

8:00 AM  -  9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Annela Teemant is an Associate Professor of Second Language Education (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1997) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her scholarship focuses on developing, implementing, and researching applications of critical sociocultural theory and practices to the preparation of general education teachers of English Language Learners. She has been awarded four U.S. Department of Education grants focused on ESL teacher quality and published numerous articles, curricula, and multimedia products targeting teachers of English Language Learners.

Keynote Speaker:

 

Breakout Sessions

9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

 

Closing Session

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

Closing Session & Prize Giveaways: Moving Forward in Purpose & Practice, United yet Unique

Join us to reflect, close, and celebrate the 2017 WIDA Annual Conference! For many, the conference is an opportunity for intense learning and networking. We value the time spent learning together and from each other, so we invite you to help us build on the momentum from the week. This closing session is designed to engage participants in reflecting on moving forward in our purpose and practice to support the success of multilingual children and youth. In addition, participants will learn about upcoming WIDA initiatives and directions in language development. Our goal for this time together is to celebrate the work you do and to provide a space to be informed, renewed, and energized. And, of course, don’t miss the opportunity to find out the site, date, and theme for next year's conference! Stick around for your chance to win one of our popular prizes!

Speakers:

 

Post-Conference Institutes

1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online Test Administration

This workshop is designed for test administrators of the online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment in grades 1 though 12. During this workshop, test administrators will learn to administer and monitor the online test to students. Participants will be able to follow along in WIDA-AMS as we go through possible operations for test administrators. • Participants should have computers or tablets to access the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA -AMS) • Please bring your WIDA-AMS username and password • Please bring your WIDA.us username and password as well

Pre-Conference Speakers:
Fee Optional  Closed 
1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Test Administration

This workshop is designed for test administrators of the paper-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment in grades 1 through 12. During this workshop, participants will explore the four components of access: Speaking, Reading, Listening Writing, the paper test administration, handling of materials, and monitoring the assessment. Participants will learn how to administer and monitor the group sections of the tests and there will be a focus on building inter-rater reliability for scoring the speaking section of the assessment.

Pre-Conference Speakers:
Fee Optional  Closed 
1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

Administering WIDA Screener Paper

This workshop is designed for test administrators of the WIDA Screener Paper. During this training, the participants will learn the purpose & background of the screener and identify its connection to the WIDA ELD Framework. We will practice using the scoring scales to score Speaking and Writing samples, examine the administration procedures for all four domains, and discover available accommodations on the WIDA Screener. Finally, we will locate and practice using the score calculator.

Pre-Conference Speakers:

Keynote Speakers

Alberto M. Carvalho

Superintendent - Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. The District has also been named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. As a staunch believer in school choice, he has expanded choice options in Miami-Dade to include over 500 offerings including programs in fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.

Dr. Okhee Lee

Professor of Childhood Education - New York University

Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is currently leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop NGSS-aligned instructional materials to support the language development of elementary students including English learners.

She was a member of the writing team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. She was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), received the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the AERA Scholars of Color in Education in 2003, and was awarded a 1993-95 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Annela Teemant

Associate Professor, Second Language Education - Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Annela Teemant is an Associate Professor of Second Language Education (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1997) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her scholarship focuses on developing, implementing, and researching applications of critical sociocultural theory and practices to the preparation of general education teachers of English Language Learners. She has been awarded four U.S. Department of Education grants focused on ESL teacher quality and published numerous articles, curricula, and multimedia products targeting teachers of English Language Learners.

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