National conference held for educators of language learners (ELLs)

Early childhood through grade 12 educators of language learners (ELLs) are invited to attend the 2013 World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) national conference, “Language Learner Success: Building on Strengths.”

The conference, to be held October 17–19, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis., will feature professional development, idea sharing, relationship building and strategic collaboration opportunities.

Incorporating both exciting keynote presentations from leaders in the field of supporting language learner success and breakout sessions that will provide professionals with ideas for effective instructional strategies, this conference will meet the needs of all who work in this field.

Please visit the conference website for more information. Details about sponsoring, exhibiting and attending will be available soon.

WIDA also welcomes proposals from all educators, regardless of membership in the WIDA Consortium, who wish to share innovative educational practices at the conference.

The event’s theme directly ties into a can-do philosophy for language learners, which emphasizes the assets, contributions and potential of linguistically diverse students. With this theme in mind, proposals should address one of four broad topic areas: academic language and literacy; effective instructional practices; program management; and national initiatives.

Please read more information about proposals, including guiding questions, and examples of potential presentation topics. The proposal deadline is midnight CST on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Questions about the proposal submission process can be sent to


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