This week, the third grade teaching team from Carver Dual Language School attended the WIDA 2017 National Conference to discuss their nationally-recognized bi-literacy program. Andrew Murphy, Erin Strack and KCPS Teacher of the Year Derrik Wiggins were invited to attend the conference in Tampa, FL in recognition of their successful co-teaching partnership.
The conference hosted 2,000 educators, administrators and others who work with and support English language learners (ELL) and young dual language learners. The WIDA conference is the largest conference dedicated to Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 ELL educators and administrators.
At the conference, Murphy, Strack and Wiggins discussed the model they use in their third grade program, a program designed to meet the needs of every student in the classroom, as well as how they formed their effective co-teaching team. In their session, they discussed the common types of co-teaching and helped participants consider which is most appropriate for their schools’ needs.
In addition to presenting, Murphy, Strack and Wiggins attended the four-day conference to learn more about how to best serve their dual language learners. Congratulations to Carver’s third grade team on their recognition!
WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.