October 31, 2008

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008. 136 - Online WIDA Webinars To Focus on Training Resources for the Annual ACCESS for ELLs™ Kindergarten Assessment

Dear ELL Program Directors:

Testing coordinators and program directors are invited to participate in one of the upcoming online WIDA webinars focusing on training resources for the annual ACCESS for ELLs™ Kindergarten assessment. Although these webinars are NOT sufficient training to be certified to administer the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs™, they will provide information and resources (“train the trainer” model) for attendees to disseminate to educators in their district and/or school.  The webinars will include a live question and answer session.  Because “virtual seats” for these webinar broadcasts are limited to 75 attendees (per session), groups of educators serving ELLs are encouraged to gather in one location that has the capability of projecting streaming audio and video.

Whether or not a kindergarten teacher elects to participate in one of these webinars or views an archived webinar, they must (all kindergarten test administrators) be retrained on the new test format via the online test administration training course on the WIDA website and pass the Kindergarten component quizzes before administering the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs™. 

These webinars are scheduled for:

Tuesday, November 11, 8:00-9:00 am
Friday, November 14, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2:30-3:30 pm

Registration information will be posted on the WIDA website by Tuesday, November 4, 2008 WIDA website: http://www.wida.us

If you are unable to participate in any of these live webinars, they will be archived and available for up to one year for review. 

WIDA will post a link on the WIDA website to the archived presentations within a week from the live presentations.