Creating Winter Stories in Pictures and Words

This workshop is a continuation of the Time of Day and Weather. Prior participation in Time of Day and Weather is required.
This two-day, remote workshop series will introduce the Picturing Writing Winter Story Unit of Study. Using quality picture books as mentor texts and simple crayon resist-based art techniques, this unit of study teaches narrative writing in a way that is concrete and engaging. Participants will learn a variety of simple art techniques for creating snow and ice. They will also learn how to use quality literature and storyboards to help students develop a solid storyline that addresses all the key elements of a good story in both pictures and words, how to frontload key vocabulary, and how to use the accordion folder as an instructional tool. Participants will experience how to make their pictures come alive through the use of “silver dollar words.” Facilitated using an Artists/Writers Workshop model, this narrative unit can be easily integrated across the curriculum. Participants will meet virtually from 8:00am – 12:00pm, June 17-18.
Taking the introductory Picturing Writing workshop is recommended prior to taking this workshop.

Introduction to Picturing Writing – Time of Day and Weather

Through experiential learning, this remote workshop will introduce Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art, an innovative, evidence-based approach to literacy learning that uses quality picture books and simple crayon resist-based art techniques to teach the art of writing. This unique multimodal approach has demonstrated its ability to engage a wide range of learners. Facilitated using an Artists/Writers Workshop model, Picturing Writing can be easily integrated across the curriculum and aligned with grade-level English Language Arts and Science Standards. While this introductory workshop will focus on patterns and cycles in the sky, changing seasons, and weather, these art-based writing methods can be applied to many areas of the curriculum. During this hands-on workshop, participants will experience this innovative process for themselves as they learn how to transform their diverse learners into strong writers and enthusiastic readers. The writing genres addressed in this workshop series will include descriptive writing, poetry, reflective/opinion writing, and new to this introductory workshop: informational text. Teachers will also be shown examples of a variety of integrated curriculum units of study created using the Artists/Writers Workshop model. This three day (June 14-16), virtual workshop will start each day at 8:00am ending at 12:00pm. First time participants receive a box of instructional materials valued at $220. Past
participants may take this workshop as a “refresher” at the reduced rate of $20.
Teacher Reflections:

Language Specialists: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers

Designed for language specialists working with multilingual learners who have recently arrived in the United States or are new to U.S. schools.

This eWorkshop explores how K-12 language specialists can engage a network of educators to support multilingual newcomers in their schools. Participants will learn how to:
* Respond to the social and emotional needs of newcomers.
* Implement instructional strategies to advance a shared vision of language development and content learning for newcomers.
* Build relationships and systems to support the integration of newcomers into a school community.

This series will qualify for 6 hours toward the NDDPI EL Cafe Credit at

Participation Requirements
* Attend three 2-hour live WIDA webinars
* Webinar #1 – June 8, 9:00am
* Webinar #2 – June 22, 9:00am
* Webinar #3 – June 29, 9:00am
* Engage in application tasks after each webinar
* A WIDA Secure Portal account to access the materials and webinar platform available in the WIDAeLearning Center
* Estimated total of 6 hours to complete entire webinar series and tasks

Online Graduate Courses through University of North Dakota

Choose from a variety of topics for 100% online semester graduate credit courses through the University of North Dakota, a ND regionally accredited university. Start any time and get an official transcript!

Scaffolding Learning through Language

Back by popular demand! When previously offered, 100% of the participants of this workshop said they would immediately incorporate the strategies they learned into their classrooms!

Here’s what educators said:
“The sequence and the engagement activities were VERY well planned. The activities helped me understand learning from an EL’s perspective without making me feel like I’m in kindergarten. The activities were NOT childish, but they clearly put me in the shoes of the learners.”
“I would recommend this workshop to other educators; not just EL teachers.”
“I felt that the workshop moved from theory to practical in a very effective way.”
“Absolutely enjoyed all the various strategies where we got to discuss and write in different ways… I definitely took several strategies home with me.”

This webinar series is designed for all educators of multilingual learners. It was developed from WIDA’s two-day Scaffolding Learning through Language face-to-face workshop and has been adapted to best fit an online delivery.

The purpose of the webinar series is to provide educators with a dynamic set of classroom practices that support English learners as they gain independence and expertise in grade-level content. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum within the context of meaningful, shared experiences contribute to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning.

This series will qualify for 5 hours toward the NDDPI EL Cafe Credit at

Learning Goals
* Develop an understanding of scaffolding practices based on prior knowledge, new learning, and shared experiences.
* Build awareness of macro- and micro-scaffolding practices that apprentice students into language use for content area learning.
* Consider how students’ resources can support collaborative learning.
* Recognize the importance of establishing a collaborative community of learners that moves forward and upward together.
* Examine ways to engage students in exploring language use for content learning.
* Develop a vision for Scaffolding UP in your context.

Planning with the 2020 ELD Standards Framework

This eWorkshop is designed for educators and leaders who are responsible
for language development within content learning and implementation of the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework. In each session, participants will receive additional resources for using the ELD Standards Framework in instructional planning. Teams are strongly encouraged to attend the webinars together.

This eWorkshop will assist educators in using the ELD Standards Framework to
identify and support language students will use to engage in content learning.
Participants will explore how the ELD Standards Framework can support
collaborative instructional planning.

This series will qualify for 3 hours toward the NDDPI EL Cafe Credit at

Learning Goals
* Leverage student assets to integrate a language focus into content units.
* Identify and support language students will use throughout a series of unit activities.

EQUITY of Opportunity and Access
INTEGRATION of Content and Language
COLLABORATION among Stakeholders
FUNCTIONAL APPROACH to Language Development

Participation Requirements
* Attend two 90-minute live WIDA webinars
* Webinar #1 – April 13, 2:30pm
* Webinar #2 – April 20, 2:30pm
* WIDA Secure Portal account to access the materials, resources, and webinar platform available in the WIDA eLearning Center
* Estimated 3 hours to complete entire webinar series