Dearborn Public Schools

EL Department attends the WIDA National Conference

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Two team members of the EL and Compensatory Education Department, Maura Sedgeman and Kellie Bugajski, attended the WIDA 2016 National Conference which provided opportunities for professional learning, idea sharing, relationship building, and strategic collaboration.  The theme, “Drawing on Life’s Experiences: Designing Bright Futures,” expresses that English Language Learners bring an amazing array of knowledge and experience that must be valued in development of language ability and to be successful upon graduation from high school.  They specifically attended the Migrant/Refugee/Newcomer sessions with a focus on best practices that support students academically, socially, and emotionally and allowed us to reflect on improving the educational outcomes of ELs.  The new learning will be incorporated to upcoming district professional development opportunities.

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