WIDA, an organization within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research, provides trusted tools and resources for educators of multilingual learners in early care and education programs through Grade 12 (wida.wisc.edu). 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 will be housed within WIDA's Communications and Market Expansion department and report to the Early Years Director. The Professional Learning Early Years Specialist will be responsible for designing, developing, and delivering innovative professional development opportunities related to implementing WIDA Early Years tools and resources.
WIDA is committed to challenging linguistic discrimination, cultural biases, and racism in education. WIDA values linguistic and cultural diversity both as an end and a means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from a diverse pool of candidates who champion social justice as a core value.
List of duties:
* Facilitate professional development, both online and in-person, that is engaging and effective. * In collaboration with team members and at the direction of the Early Years Director, design and develop professional development offerings and resources that meet educator needs through a variety of learning modalities, formats, and activities. * Serve as a contributing team member maintaining positive professional relationships with colleagues and clients. * Be a model of, and advocate for, WIDA's mission, vision, and values.
Required qualifications: * Minimum 5 years of experience as a classroom teacher or lead teacher in early childhood settings that includes experience in: - Serving culturally and linguistically diverse children and families; - Developmentally appropriate practice; - Play-based learning; - Standards-based instruction; and - Using various forms of assessment appropriate for young children. * Ability to develop and deliver in-person and online professional development for a variety of audiences. * Ability to effectively collaborate and problem-solve with team members. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills. * Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. * Ability to work independently and manage workload to meet deadlines and expectations. * Ability to travel approximately 60% time. * A value of promoting and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Preferred qualifications: * ESL and/or Bilingual Education license or endorsement. * Experience working with children identified as dual language learners or English learners. * Knowledge of or experience using WIDA Early Years products and resources. * Bilingualism, especially Spanish/English.
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.