CLIMBS: Build Capacity, Increase Collaboration, Improve ELL Education

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Registration Closed.
Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: Tammy Sjoberg
Agency Assistant: Douglas Shanks update
Location: CESA 5
626 E. Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
Facility: Main Conference Room
8/8/2017 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
8/9/2017 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
8/10/2017 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM

The CLIMBS course is designed to assist teams of K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their ELL students, and to build capacity and increase collaboration among educators at the local level.

The CLIMBS course provides an introduction to the use of research-based approaches to scaffolding instruction in classrooms that include ELLs. During the course, participants will learn to implement the WIDA ELD Standards in ways that support ELLs' development of academic language and help ensure their access to intellectually challenging grade-level content. 

  • Explore cultural practices and the processes of acculturation
  • Develop foundational understanding of second language acquisition processes
  • Practice strategies to differentiate instruction according to students’ English language development levels
  • Explore formative assessment as a strategy to expand language learning for students
  • Integrate WIDA ELD Standards, Features of Academic Language, and Performance Definitions for planning and instruction
  • Collaborate with other educators to support ELL success

CLIMBS was originally developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) on behalf of the WIDA Consortium. Pairs of educators become CLIMBS Course Trainers through the CLIMBS Training-of-Trainers Institute. Then, CLIMBS Course Trainers offer the CLIMBS Course in a local educational context for teams of ELL/Bilingual and general education teachers.

CLIMBS is offered every year through WIDA at a cost of $2650 per person. Due to an agreement with Wisconsin devoting Professional Learning Units to the CESA 5 training, we are able to offer this course to all school districts for $1500 per person. 

CLIMBS is considered to be the best training/ program for teaching EL students. It is a Train-the-Trainer format, so your district will be able to build capacity for its EL programs and personnel from within!

Particpants must register before June 8. 

Cost for this three day workshop is $1500 total.



Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.