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Bilingual and English Learner Education

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The Bilingual and English Learner program at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction supports school districts in educating students who are English learners (EL). We believe in the assets our bilingual students bring to school, and work with districts to honor those assets while preparing students for their bright futures.

2019-20 Title III and Bilingual-Bicultural Fall Meeting

Friday, September 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Convention Center
Stevens Point, WI

Attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodations, but there is a room block being held, for a very limited number of rooms and only until August 28, at the state rate of $82 for a single on September 26 (the night before the meeting). If you want a room, please contact the hotel directly at 1-715-344-0200.

See MyQuickReg for meeting fees and registration details. 


Building beyond the basics: Strengthening systems of support for English learners and multilingual learners for instructional planning, standards, assessment, and accountability


Educators, curriculum leaders, Title III-Bilingual directors and coordinators, and school personnel who wish to increase their knowledge of systems for supporting English learners and multilingual students.

Title III and Bilingual Bicultural Fall Meeting Flyer

Link to Printable Agenda

Day’s Agenda (draft 2)

8:15-8:30 Check-in

8:30-8:35 Welcome and Orientation

8:35-9:20 Celebrating School Successes

9:20 -10:15 Assessment, Accountability and EL Policy Handbook

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Orientation to the WIDA 2020 ELD Standards

11:45-12:30 Networking Lunch

12:30-1:30 Green Card Voices 

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00 – 4:00 Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Deep Dive Danielson Framework for Teaching ELs, Handbooks, and Program Models

Session 2: Working Session for the WIABE Action Coalition*

For questions about registration contact Jonas Meyer at or 608-267-9267 and for questions about meeting content contact Audrey Lesondak.

*This is a working session for the WIABE Action Coalition. WIABE is a state-wide organization with the mission of supporting research, professional development, and public education towards equitable education opportunities and academic excellence for all language minority students. The purpose of this Coalition is to bring together leaders from districts across Wisconsin to plan for, design, and share resources for bilingual programs. The objective of this session is to finalize the design of the state-wide action plan specifically focused on professional development and advocacy for the next couple of years. For more information, please contact Kathryn Henn-Reine at hennrein@uwosh.eduor Mariana Castro at

Seal of Biliteracy Update

The Department of Public Instruction is currently revising the guidance document to the WI DPI Seal of Biliteracy for clarity, however the criteria for the WI DPI Seal of Biliteracy remain the same. The DPI is accepting applications from districts to offer the WI DPI Seal of Biliteracy using the current guidance document and application form PI-9962. The review process may take a few weeks to a few months, so districts are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible if the districts anticipates offering the Seal of Biliteracy to students for the 2018-19 school year. You are welcome to contact DPI contact Audrey Lesondak at or (608) 266-7292 if you have any questions or would like DPI to preview your application. Thank you for your patience with this process as we strive to make our guidance as clear as possible.

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