Explore WIDA 2020 in K-12 classrooms as well teaching strategies to implement the new standards in lesson planning. Topics include unpacking the WIDA 2020 standards, research on the functional language approach to language development, and using the Teaching and Learning Cycle to plan for strong scaffolding and explicit teaching. This course requires classroom teaching.

There will be six one-hour and 30 minute ZOOM live sessions with assignments due between sessions. This course is a 30 PDP course, or participants can obtain one graduate credit at a different fee.

March 7- May 2 on Mondays (3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/28, 5/2) from 6-7:30 PM 

Where: Zoom Live Sessions
Course Code: PS915
Cost:  30 PDPs: $426   1 Credit: $626 

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We are happy to accommodate groups that would like to take this class or organizations that would like to be invoiced for the course. Email us at profstudies@lasell.edu.

Who should take this course

This course is for teachers and school leaders of multilingual learners who want to learn more about the functional approach to English Language Development and who to use the WIDA ELD standards in planning lessons and units.

30% of all students enrolled in U.S. schools will be students who speak another language other than English at home by 2023. In order to succeed in school students need to use language for such purposes are arguing, explaining, describing and recounting across all content areas. 

About the instructor

Kelly-Ann Cooney (she/Her) is a dynamic culturally responsive educator who leads with equity at the forefront to improve systems. She uses data and research-based best practices to build teacher capacity while working with administration to transform systems. To accomplish this, she cultivates a culture of high expectations and high support for all. As an educator overseas and mostly in urban settings, she has been able to combine her passion for teaching and social justice with her dedication to students and teachers. Her experience spans over two decades of problem-solving to improve outcomes for historically underserved students, with a focus on Multilingual Learners. After teaching in various content areas and grade levels, Kelly joined administration teams as English Learner Director to advocate for change and give voice to multilingual students, families and teachers. Kelly has been immersed in understanding how to position teachers as action researchers in implementing research-based strategies into pedagogy. Today's students and school leaders need to be prepared for an increasingly complex world, as recent events have made abundantly clear, and Kelly Cooney has the skills and mindset required for innovation.