Job no: 235959-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department: EDUC/WCER
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Training, Employee Development

Position Summary:

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 offers a fully integrated, research-based academic language development system, including language standards, assessments, professional learning, research, and technical assistance. For a brief overview of WIDA, you can view our introduction video at . This position will be housed within WIDA's Educator Learning, Research, and Practice (ELRP) Department and will report to the Assistant Director of ELRP. The Professional Learning Specialist will work in a team of professionals to design and develop Face-to-Face, online, or blended professional learning experiences. They will also facilitate professional learning events for pre-K-12 educators serving Multilingual Learners. Qualified applicants should have at least three years of experience teaching multilingual learners in K-12 education, settings, knowledge of multilingual education and pedagogy, adult learning theory, and professional development approaches. Prior experiences with Professional Development planning and delivery and bilingual abilities preferred.

Requests to work remotely would need to be reviewed based on the UW and School of Education (SoE) remote work policies and go through the SoE implementation process. To learn more about these policies, visit .

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.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred in education or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

* Teaching experience in preK-12 environments.
* ESL and/or Bilingual Education license or endorsement.
* Experience administering a variety of assessments at the classroom level.
* Experience in the development and delivery of professional development related to multilingual learners, including English Language Learners.
* Ability to travel approximately 60%.

Relevant Work Experience:
* Experience providing professional development support 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.
* Experience with web-based technologies including Adobe Acrobat, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word; online training including WebEx, Web casts, and Two-Way video; and distance learning platforms including CANVAS and Moodle.
* Experience using, implementing and/or delivering standards and assessments; deep knowledge of WIDA products and resources and ability to discuss their relationship to educational practice in preK-12 environments, preferred.
* Bilingual proficiency, especially in Spanish/English, preferred.
* Actively seeking candidates with previous professional experiences in one or more of the following areas:
a. K-12 Spanish/English bilingual and/or dual language education
b. 6-12 Science or Math education

Additional Information:

Who we are

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first and largest university-based education research and development centers globally. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people.

WCER at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's highly ranked public School of Education is one of the world's first and most productive education research centers. Our center has helped scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research for more than 50 years.

WCER is an incubator for advances in education policy and practice. It provides services and resources for UW?Madison researchers, graduate students, collaborators, educators, funders, and communities locally and worldwide.

Our Mission

WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.

Our Values

At WCER, all employees share five fundamental organizational values. We take pride in these values guiding the purpose and quality of our work and interactions within ourselves and our outside stakeholders.
The values that the work and people of WCER strive to uphold are:

Innovation and Excellence. Continuous improvement is a driver for excellence. We innovate and improve in our work to advance education through leading research and development.

Equitable Education. Equitable education is essential to a healthy society. We aim to reverse imbalances and injustices in education through our work.

Affirming and Increasing Diversity. Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. We actively affirm and seek to increase such diversity in our center.

Healthy Workplace. The well-being of our workplace enhances success for all. We commit to a workplace based on mutual respect and transparency.

Partnering Across Differences. Diverse backgrounds and expertise improve the quality of our work. We collaborate across disciplines, methodologies, organizations, and communities to strengthen our research and development outcomes.

WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

Our center is conscious of inequities in the field of education and how these disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society - including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) individuals, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people. We firmly believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized groups.

For more information and news about our center, please go to



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a cover letter addressed to Diep Nguyen, a current resume, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references.


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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Jun 22 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jul 6 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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