WIDA, an organization within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is a national leader in the development of preK-12 English Language Development standards and assessments. WIDA Early Years, a unique program at WIDA, provides trusted resources to support young multilingual children in early care and education settings. WIDA Early Years offers products and services, including professional learning, for supporting English and Spanish language development. This position is located in the Professional Learning Department, which designs, develops, and delivers innovative professional development opportunities related to the implementation of WIDA Early Years tools and resources.
While it is preferred that the selected candidate live in or relocate to the Madison area, remote appointment is a viable option. Visit https://madison.wisc.edu/ for more information on what Madison has to offer.
WIDA has a deep and profound commitment to diversity and social equity both as a goal and as a valuable means to support educators working with Multilingual Learners and to ensure student success. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion
* In collaboration with team members, develop professional learning workshops and related resources for educators serving multilingual children in early childhood settings.
* In collaboration with team members, develop online professional learning opportunities and resources for educators.
* Facilitate a variety of WIDA face-to-face and online professional learning events.
* Collaborate with team members to develop resources and/or provide training and assistance on WIDA Early Years tools and resources.
* Work with team members to collect, analyze and synthesize key stakeholders data in order to make improvements to WIDA Early Years Professional Learning products and services.
Work type: Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%
Appointment Type, Duration: Terminal, 24 month appointment. This position has the posssibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding.
Required: * Teaching experience as a classroom teacher or lead teacher in early childhood settings or preK-12 * Experience planning and implementing developmentally appropriate play-based learning activities * Experience engaging with culturally and linguistically diverse families * Experience developing and delivering professional development related to multilingual children, including dual language learners and/or English learners in K-2 * Ability to travel approximately 60% time
Relevant Work Experience: * ESL and/or Bilingual Education license or endorsement, preferred * Experience designing culturally and linguistically responsive instructional activities, preferred * Teaching experience using early learning standards to plan developmentally appropriate instruction * Experience administering a variety of assessments at the classroom level * Deep knowledge of WIDA products and resources and ability to discuss their relationship to educational practice in early childhood and/or preK-12 environments, preferred * Experience in bilingual/dual language education, especially Spanish/English, preferred * Bilingualism, especially Spanish/English, preferred * Experience providing professional development to different audiences in a variety of educational contexts, including teachers, administrators and other educational leaders * Experience creating, developing and revising materials and resources used to support the professional development of educators * Experience collaborating, co-planning and co-facilitating with other staff; ability to effectively communicate and problem-solve with colleagues and supervisors * Excellent organizational skills, ability to organize and display information to suit the needs of diverse audiences; ability to work independently and manage work load to meet outside deadlines and expectations * Experience coordinating training sessions, including planning and executing training
Instructions to Applicants:
To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter addressed to Diep Nguyen, current resume and a reference list with the contact information of at least three professional references. Please include your current or most recent supervisor.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: PVL 99033
About UW-Madison, WCER
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s highly ranked public School of Education is one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. It has assisted scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years.
WCER’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.
WCER is an incubator for advances in education policy and practice. It provides services and resources for UW–Madison researchers, graduate students and their collaborators, as well as educators, funders and communities locally and around the world.
The center empowers its researchers to lead innovative projects and effective teams to advance education in the state, nation and world by:
providing a research home for approximately 140 grant-funded projects and their staffs, including 65 faculty members from the School of Education and 10 other departments
generating more than $60 million of revenue in awards and services annually
... attracting more than $800 million to UW–Madison in grant funds since its founding
employing approximately 500 people, including more than 100 graduate students
distributing educational services and products globally
The center’s varied research has influenced educational policy and practice from preschool through doctoral programs.
WCER is best known for contributing to cognitive psychology, mathematics and science education, destigmatizing daycare and developing classroom materials that have been used around the world, most recently for teachers of English language learners.