Professional Development

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EL Educator Mini-Workshop in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

The EL Department in the School District of Fort Atkinson will be hosting its third annual “Coffee and Collaboration” workshop for area EL educators.  Wisconsin Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages (WITESOL) is sponsoring this mini-workshop and providing a light breakfast and refreshments for attendees.  This is a free professional development opportunity for  EL educators. The date for this event is Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  We welcome you to join the workshop from 8:30-11:30 a.m.  We will be having this event in a large conference room located in the same building as Luther Elementary in Fort Atkinson. We hope this mini-workshop will provide you with much needed collaboration with your EL colleagues on topics you would like to learn more about.  

WITESOL and the Fort Atkinson EL department are working together to provide this opportunity so that we can network with nearby EL colleagues. We plan to have some great discussions about EL programming and practices.  Sometimes being involved in EL instruction can feel very isolating, especially if you are the only EL 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 district.

To kick off the morning, we will have a brief opening message.  After that, we will break off into grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and participate in a “Swap Shop”.  We are asking each attendee to bring a favorite resource or idea to share with the group. This could include anything like a favorite book, handout, language lesson, 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.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting opportunity on February 12th!

If you are able to attend this event, please RSVP by February 3rd. While this event is free, we are requiring every participant to register ahead of time.  As Luther Elementary is locked 24/7, only those who register will be admitted into the school. After the registration deadline, you will receive a reminder email the week before the mini-workshop with other pertinent details. You must RSVP by using this link:

If you have any questions, you may contact Kari Johnson at