Content focused on preschool English learners (ELs)
The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning (ECPL) leverages its partnerships with local and national providers to bring you FREE high quality, relevant professional learning focused on preschool English learners (ELs). As part of ECPL's and ISBE's partnership with WIDA Early Years, you have free access to WIDA Early Years eLearning resources which include self-paced, on demand courses and downloadable resources. ISBE and/or Gateways credit is available.
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On Demand Learning from the WIDA Consortium
- Resources for preschool age multilingual children are now available on WIDA’s Teaching in PreK-3 webpage.
- A new self-paced workshop, Exploring the WIDA PreK-3 Essential Actions, introduces educators to the WIDA PreK-3 Essential Actions. Educators now have an opportunity to build their knowledge and understanding of the Essential Actions and to reflect on their own ideologies, practices, and settings. Access to the course will require a WIDA Secure Portal account. Gateways and ISBE credit is available after completing the course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for information about how to set up a WIDA Secure Portal account and access this and other WIDA self-paced offerings.
- Are We Ready? is now a set of resources, videos, guides and notetakers to support PreK–3 educators as they promote and provide equitable transitions for multilingual children and their families as they move through PreK-3. This resource is available now at https://wida.wisc.edu/
teach/early - no log in needed.
To access recorded webinars on working with preschool English learners, please visit the Diverse Learners playlist on our YouTube Channel.
Making Connections, is a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities to young multilingual children.
Multilingual Children and Their Families - Snapshot
Credential and Licensure Information
Gateways offers an ESL & Bilingual Credential as an add-on to the Gateways ECE Credential for early care and education professionals who have formal college education, training, and experience with multilingual/multicultural children and families, either in the form of supervised observation/experience or direct work experience.
ISBE offers the ESL and/or Bilingual endorsements to add onto a Professional Educator License. Information on licenses with Stipulations such as the ELS-TBE and Visiting International Teacher (VIT) can also be found on the ISBE site.