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November 26, 2007

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2007.79 Item Writing Course - The Deadline for Nominations is December 1, 2007

Dear Educators Serving English Language Learners:

The Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with WIDA and the Center for Applied Linguistics is seeking 6 pairs of teachers (a general education teacher and a bilingual/ESL teacher) from various grade levels in Illinois to participate in the Item Writing Course for ACCESS for ELLs®.

This year we are encouraging teachers to sign up as pairs--a content/general education teacher and an ESL/bilingual teacher, preferably from the same school--so that we have the benefit of both perspectives, and the teachers have the benefit of working with a partner. While priority will be given to pairs or teams, we will also accept individual applicants.

This online-graduate level course would allow participating teachers the opportunity to:

  • delve more deeply into the WIDA Standards
  • learn about the construction of large scale language assessments
  • learn to craft test folders and items, and
  • contribute real classroom-based items for ACCESS.

Participating teachers would receive 2 graduate credits from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. These credits would be transferable to any institution.

Interested applicants are encouraged to fax their application to Bill Garcia by 12:00 p.m. on December 1, 2007.

The fax number for the Division of English Language Learning is 312-814-8636.

Following a review of applications by Division Administrator for English Language Learning, interested teachers will be contacted. Due to the high interest and inclusion of teacher pairs, ISBE cannot guarantee that all nominations will be accepted to this year’s course.

To get the application form, computer requirements and more details see our hot topics at: http://www.isbe.net/bilingual.

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