Webinars for Parents of English Learners

  • Illinois is part of a consortium of states supported by WIDA (www.WIDA.us). Their mission is to advance the academic language and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse. WIDA accomplishes his through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.

    WIDA has developed and provided three webinars for parents to help explain about English learners in our schools.

    Part I - My Child is an English Learner. What does that mean?
    https://www.wida.us/standards/video/PartI_IntroductiontoEnglishLanguageStandardsandAssessmentsforParents.aspx
    One clarification in this webinar: Kindergarten students are identified as taking the Kindergarten W-APT. This is no longer true in Illinois. All Kindergarten students identified as an English Learner are given the Kindergarten MODEL assessment. This assessment is much more detailed and provides proficiency levels in the areas of Speaking and Listening. In Kindergarten, Reading and Writing proficiency levels apply only if students show they can read and/or write at this age.

    Part II - My child is an English language learner. How is my child's language development supported at school?

    Link coming soon!

    Part III: My child is an English language learner. How do I know if my child is making progress?


    Link coming soon!