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.
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 https://businessoffice.education.wisc.edu/human-resources/remote-work/.
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.
|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
|Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
* 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.
* 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.
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.
WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.
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 https://wcer.wisc.edu/
|Instructions to Applicants:
Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a cover letter addressed to Heather Buettner, a current resume, and a list with the contact information of at least three professional references.