November 22, 2010


ISBE DELL E-Broadcast 2010.197 – Online Professional Education Opportunity

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering an online course designed to support preK–12 educators—teachers, support staff, and administrators—who make programming, staffing and resource service decisions for English learners. Dr. Margaret Hawkins, with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, teaches the course titled “Educating English Learners.” It is based on a socio-cultural view of schooling for English learners and draws on the lives and experiences of five students from diverse backgrounds in different locales to illuminate issues that impact the language, literacy and academic development of English learners in schools. Through videos of students, readings, collaborative discussions and activities, course participants will engage in analyses of issues, and applications of course content to their specific sites and contexts.

The course runs January 18–May 6, 2011. It may be taken for graduate credit or at a discounted rate without credit. Groups of teachers participating together from the same district may also receive a discount.

For more information, please go to http://www.wida.us/professionalDev/EEL_Flyer.pdf or view a video trailer at: http://www.wida.us/professionalDev/video/Educating_English_Learners_HIRes.swf