Bilingual/ESL Program

The purpose of the Bilingual and ESL programs in the state of Wisconsin is to assist school districts serving students who are English language learners (ELLs) to become proficient in academic English and prepared for their continuing education, and career readiness goals. In the 2012 school year, Wisconsin serves nearly 47,000 ELLs students. While Spanish is the largest language group and Hmong is the next most frequent home language, there are over 137 identified spoken languages by our students. In addition, our ELL students are registered in 80% of the 424 school districts across Wisconsin.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

  • April 23-24, 2015: A workshop for dual language educators. This will be the first offering developed through a collaborative effort between WIDA and DPI to develop a long term professional development plan, tailored to the needs of educators in Wisconsin around dual language education programs (both two-way and one-way programs). We will be at the Kalahari, and though it is offered by DPI in collaboration with WIDA, it will take place just before the WIABE conference begins. Detailed information will be available at a later date. 



    For questions about this information, contact Jacqueline Iribarren (608) 266-7292, Tolu Sanabria (608) 267-9235