Professional Development

Learn about current professional development opportunities available to educators in Wisconsin. Please note that WITESOL is only sharing these opportunities and is not responsible for the content and quality of these opportunities.

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Lunch and Learn – Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

The Multilingual Learner (ML) Department in the School District of Fort Atkinson will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” event for ML/EL educators. Wisconsin Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages (WITESOL) is sponsoring this mini-workshop and will provide an individually packaged lunch and refreshments for attendees. This is a free professional development opportunity for ML educators. The date for this event is Thursday, February 16, 2023.  We welcome you to join the workshop from 9:00-11:30 a.m., with the individual option to stay longer to continue conversations with others. We will be having this event in a large conference room located in the same building as Luther Elementary (205 Park Street) in Fort Atkinson.

WITESOL and the Fort Atkinson ML Department are working together to provide this opportunity so that we can network with ML colleagues from around the state of Wisconsin and collaborate on common issues ML educators encounter. We plan to have some great discussions about ML programming and practices. Sometimes being involved in ML instruction can feel very isolating, especially if you are the only ML teacher in the building or district. We want this mini-workshop to help empower you as you make connections with others. Our goal is to learn from each other and share tips and strategies of what has been working in each program or district.

To kick off the morning, we will have a brief opening message. After that, we will break off into interest levels (examples: elementary, secondary) and participate in a “Swap Shop”.  We are asking each attendee to bring or prepare some favorite resources or ideas to share with the group. This could include anything like a favorite book, handout, teaching strategy, language lesson, parent letter, website, etc.  We hope that swapping ideas will lead to discussion and collaboration on a variety of issues. In addition, everyone will get to leave with new resources and ideas to try out!  As time allows, we hope to have a question and answer session where attendees can share ideas on current hot topics related to educating multilingual students.

If you are able to attend this event, please RSVP by February 2nd. While this event is free, we are requiring every participant to register ahead of time. Prior to the event, you will be able to individually select your lunch preference. As Luther Elementary is locked 24/7, only those who register will be admitted into the school. After the registration deadline, you will receive an email with other pertinent details, including the option to pick your lunch. You must RSVP by clicking here. If you have questions, email Kari at witesolboard@gmail.com.