Blended learning experience for educators of English learners

Maine DOE in collaboration with the University of Maine Project Reach is offering blended learning experience for educators of English learners consisting of companion webinars and a face-to-face workshop.

The ME Introduction to the ELD Framework webinar will take place next Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 4-5 p.m. Pre-registration is not required and anyone interested may join as a guest via this link.

The workshop Dynamic Differentiation for English Learners (ELs) will be held on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden in downtown Freeport. Registration in advance is required for this workshop.

English learners need instruction that is differentiated to develop a second language while learning grade appropriate content. Participants of the Dynamic Differentiation for English Learners (ELs) workshop will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community.

Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for ELs utilizing the WIDA ELD framework. While planning, participants will have ample time to reflect on creating appropriate challenges with productive struggles in a safe learning environment. This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, English Language specialists, administrators, curriculum development specialists, and support staff who are familiar with WIDA Standards.

WIDA Senior Professional Development Consultant Margot Downs is the presenter. Her interest is in using WIDA’s comprehensive instruction and assessment system to meet student needs by building strong collaborative relationships between educators of all disciplines. Downs brings 20 years of experience to the professional development team which includes ESL/EFL K-12 teaching, curriculum development, and teacher training. Click here to read more.

For more information or assistance, contact the Department’s ESL/Bilingual Programs Director Nancy Mullins at or 624-6788.

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