The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in partnership with the World-Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), is offering a series of Regional Master Cadre trainings focused on supporting language development of Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in early education and care programs in Massachusetts. The Master Cadre training consists of in-person and technology-based learning and interactive opportunities, as well as technical assistance, over the course of seven months.

Members of the Master Cadre will learn about WIDA’s Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards Framework and how to utilize these standards to support, instruct, and assess young DLLs (ages 2.5 to 5.5 years) in early education and care programs. Master Cadre members will further develop their facilitation skills and continue to receive assistance on particular topics and will problem-solve issues around implementation with other Master Cadre members and WIDA’s Early Childhood staff. Master Cadre members will be required to apply their gained knowledge from trainings and technical assistance by training early education and care practitioners within their region.

The application deadline is Friday, May 23, 2014. Master Cadre participants' applications will be scored; participants will be notified by Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

If you have questions about this free training opportunity, please contact Indira Ceylan at WIDA, (608) 890-4465.  For information related to the Massachusetts Young Dual Language Learner's School Readiness, please contact Jennifer Amaya-Thompson, (617) 988-6634.

Further information on the work of WIDA and EEC can be found by visiting the WIDA, and EEC websites.