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WIDA Purposeful Lesson Planning for Supporting English Learners in Math

March 13 - March 14

This two-day learning opportunity will enhance participants’ lesson planning processes. Specifically, participants will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use within settings that integrate content and academic language learning. Throughout this process, participants will explore elements of the WIDA Standards Framework in depth as they design instruction that promotes students’ content learning and language development. This workshop is designed for teams of math content teachers and ESL specialists who share instructional responsibility for English learners.



Participants will be able to:

  • Explore and connect lesson planning considerations for ELs to your instructional context/materials and discuss ways to implement in your context
  • Discuss ways to create meaningful contexts for language use connected to content concepts and skills
  • Describe how the components of the WIDA Framework for Language Development Standards can support your lesson planning process
  • Discuss the influence of sociocultural context and identity on student language learning
  • Identify the strengths as well as language development and learning needs for groups of students
  • Identify the academic language demands of teaching and learning in the content areas while considering student needs
  • Develop language objectives connected to content learning



Participants should register in teams of two or more educators. A team should include, at minimum, a math teacher and an ESL specialist who share instructional responsibility for English learners.


Schedule (both days)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop



Headshot Terri Mossgrove, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, WI

Terri Mossgrove, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, Wis.

Terri Mossgrove is a career educator who has taught at a variety of levels including preschool, elementary, high school, adult literacy, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Teacher Preparation, and Professional Development (PD). The focus of her teaching is in the area of literacy and language learning with a commitment to creating equitable educational opportunities for diverse student populations. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa. She also earned an Education Specialist Degree in English as a Second Language from Northcentral University, Arizona. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at USF. Her professional education certifications are in Elementary Education, English Education, and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Additionally, she has an endorsement in Reading.


Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 continuing education credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend the academy from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID number on the appropriate paperwork supplied to you by the Center for Schools and Communities to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you are unsure of your professional personnel ID number, check it online at PERMS.



This workshop is designed for teams (see above). Each team member must register separately.




March 13
March 14
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