ELD Administrators’ Leadership Academy

September 18, 25, 26 and October 23, 2018
Online and Harrisburg, PA

The ELD Administrators’ Leadership Academy is a three-part leadership series designed for ELD administrators at both the district and school levels that centers on WIDA’s Leading Schools workshop.
Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth. Leading schools with a focus on English Learners’ achievement means that the entire school community shares a commitment to creating equitable opportunities to learn and for academic language development.
The three events that comprise the ELD Administrators’ Leadership Academy will emphasize the importance of cultivating the collaborative relationships between teachers, students, families, and data teams that are necessary for English Learners to thrive. At the end of the series, school leaders will have created leadership action steps for enhancing their school improvement plan and processes related to the achievement and well-being of their English Learners.


Participants will be able to:

  • Create or enhance school language policies within current school improvement processes
  • Articulate leadership responsibilities for developing staff capacity to implement the WIDA Standards framework through integrated content and language instruction
  • Enhance collaborative structures & relationships in quality language programs of service
  • Maintain authentic and culturally responsive family partnerships
  • Apply principles of data literacy when making decisions about school structures and programs for language learners.



This workshop is designed for individuals who are (at least) partially responsible for crafting school policies and the school improvement plan, have the authority to make decisions related to schedules and program options at the school level, have control over the time and topics that are provided for professional development for teachers at a school level, and lead data analysis meetings and (help) decide which data gets analyzed and who participates in the analysis.
Title III coordinators, ESL supervisors, and bilingual education program directors


Participation in all three components of the academy is required. Submitting your registration will automatically enroll you in each of the three workshops.
Administrative Leadership for English Learners, Part 1 | Webinar
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Administrative Leadership for English Learners, Part 2 | WIDA Leading Schools (two-day in-person workshop)
Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
PaTTAN Harrisburg
Administrative Leadership for English Learners, Part 3 | Webinar
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Headshot of Patricia Blanco, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, WI

Patricia Blanco, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, WI

Tricia Blanco is a Professional Learning Specialist on the Professional Learning team at WIDA. Within a collaborative, iterative process involving stakeholders and colleagues, she designs and develops trusted professional development products and services for early childhood educators working with linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families.
Previously, Blanco worked for 13 years in Crystal Lake, IL, where she served as ELL/dual language director, curriculum specialist, and dual language/ELL teacher. She also developed and facilitated blended professional learning courses for district personnel and taught ELL certification coursework at the university level. Prior to her work in Illinois, she co- founded and ran a bilingual school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for 12 years, following her service in the Peace Corps there. Blanco holds two master’s degrees, one in early childhood special education and the other in educational leadership and is certified in bilingual education. Her bachelor’s degree is in speech pathology. Blanco enjoys reading, biking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Headshot of Robert Measel, ESL/Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA

Robert Measel, ESL/Bilingual Education Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA

Bob Measel, as the bilingual education advisor in the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, is responsible for developing and monitoring the implementation of state and federal policy, accountability systems and professional development plans as well as supporting schools, districts and teachers working with ELs. He has worked as a state education agency representative at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before working at the state level, Measel was the facilitator of a 7-12 EL newcomer program and ESL/social studies teacher in the School District of Lancaster.
Headshot of Andrea Kolb, ELD Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Andrea Kolb, ELD Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA

Andrea Kolb has nearly 10 years of experience in the ELD field and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on the education of English learners. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has experience working with teachers in the United States and abroad. She has served as a university instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, teaching coursework related to the instruction and assessment of ELs as well as foundations of multicultural education, educational policy, multilingual literacies and linguistics. She has experience in designing and delivering in-person, online and blended professional development programs, and she has worked as an instructional coach for teachers of ELs in a large urban school district. Additionally, Kolb has leadership experience in early childhood education programs for ELs as well as expertise in program development for high-impact dual capacity-building family engagement.

Act 48

A total of 14 credit hours will be offered to participants who complete all components of the academy. The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 continuing education credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend the academy from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID number on the appropriate paperwork supplied to you by the Center for Schools and Communities to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, check the appropriate box on the registration form. Get your If you are unsure of your professional personnel ID number, check it online at PERMS.