Bilingual/ESL Program

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The purpose of the Bilingual and ESL programs in the state of Wisconsin is to assist school districts serving students who are English language learners (ELLs) to become proficient in academic English and prepared for their continuing education, and career readiness goals. In the 2012 school year, Wisconsin serves nearly 47,000 ELLs students. While Spanish is the largest language group and Hmong is the next most frequent home language, there are over 137 identified spoken languages by our students. In addition, our ELL students are registered in 80% of the 424 school districts across Wisconsin.

DLE Workshop: Using Spanish/Bilingual Assessments to Demonstrate Content Proficiency


Dates:  April 14-15, 2016

Site:  Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells

Audience:  District program developers, program and assessment coordinators, decision makers, and educators in collaboration with stakeholders in districts that have or are interested in starting or transitioning into a dual language education (DLE) program.  Districts are encouraged to send teams of staff with at least one member working on the program side and one member working in assessment or accountability. See Registration fees for price breaks for teams (below).

Workshop Description:  This workshop is a follow-up to the DLE workshop offered in 2015 and will focus on how districts can use data to demonstrate content proficiency for students in DLE programs when assessments are in Spanish or bilingual.  Time will also be spent in conversations around effective DLE programs.

Proposed activities :

  • Large- and small-group discussions focusing on how to use assessment to demonstrate academic achievement/growth.
  • Large- and small-group discussions focusing on various aspects of effective programs and current trends in DLE.
  • Discussion on next steps for the DLE coalition.
  • Networking time for conversations on topics suggested by participants.

DLE Coalition:  The workgroup developing the Wisconsin Seal of Bi-literacy has grown into a coalition of educators who are advocates for dual language education in the state.  Once the work on the Wisconsin seal was completed, the conversations turned to assessment, and how districts show growth and attainment of students in DLE, especially when state and local assessments in English do not measure the totality of student learning.

Registration Fees

  • One person, one day only:  $85
  • One person, both days:  $150
  • Team, one day only:  $75/person
  • Team, both days:  $135/person

** A team = at least two people from a district registering together with one person from the program side and one person from the assessment/accountability side.  Directions on registering more than one person at a time can be found within the RegOnline registration application.

Lodging:  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells for April 13 and April 14 with the following room rates: Single - $82, Double, Triple and Quad - $129. The deadline to make room reservations is March 14, 2016.  Sleeping rooms are being held under the WI Department of Public Instruction room block name. Please call hotel at 877-253-5466 to make your reservations. Room block rates are good on or before March 14, 2016.

Register Here


For questions about this information, contact Audrey Lesondak (608) 266-7292, Tolu Sanabria (608) 267-9235