Researchers in Education for Bilingual Education and ELLs
WIDA, an organization within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Center for Education Research, is a national leader in the development of preK-12 English Language Development standards and assessments (wida.wisc.edu). The organization is also committed to bilingual development which currently includes preK-12 Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards and professional learning opportunities. WIDA is seeking a strong leader to join the Professional Learning leadership team who is committed to supporting educators of multilingual learners through research-driven professional learning programs and services. The position is located at our offices in Madison, WI with travel expectations averaging two trips per month.
Given the scope of work for this role, it is required that the selected candidate live in or relocate to the Madison area. Visit https://madison.wisc.edu/ for more information on what Madison has to offer.
WIDA has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself and as a valuable means for success in the field of education. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.
Experience conducting research in multilingual settings using qualitative or quantitative methods.
Strong knowledge of the field of Spanish and English language development research.
Experience conducting professional learning presentations in Spanish and English.
Strong collaborative leadership skills.
Bilingual/biliterate in academic Spanish and English.
Teaching experience in preK-12 bilingual education settings (3 years minimum); bilingual endorsement/certification preferred.
Experience advocating for Spanish/English bilingualism and biliteracy.
Experience supervising a team.
Familiarity with the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) and/or Spanish Language Development (SLD) standards.
• Experience with the WIDA assessment delivery system.
Internal Number: PVL 99030
About Wisconsin Center for Education Research
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.