WIDA Annual Conference
The WIDA Annual Conference is the largest conference dedicated to educators of Pre-K through grade 12 multilingual learners. Educators from around the country submit session proposals, which are reviewed and selected by a panel of internal and external reviewers. Sessions examine research-based strategies and instructional practices on topics that align with the conference theme and are designed and delivered in an engaging format. Topic areas include
- Social Justice and Equitable Opportunities
- Family and Community Engagement
- Bi/Multilingual Education
- Assessment and Multilingual Learners
- Professional Learning in Schools and Districts
- Specific Populations of Multilingual Learners
- Effective Instructional Practices
- Implementation of WIDA ELD Standards Framework
- Program Administration & Policy
Launched in 2013, the WIDA Annual Conference has continued to grow in popularity as it has traveled around the country – from Las Vegas to Milwaukee to Tampa.
In its first year, the conference drew 600 participants with a sizable waiting list. Now, we prepare for more than 1,350 attendees as well as 1,800 virtual attendees each year. Read about the biggest moments from the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference held in Milwaukee.
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What participants say...
"The WIDA Conference is an annual professional highlight for me as it presents an invaluable opportunity to learn from colleagues about contemporary topics in our field, network and strengthen relationships with colleagues, and personally revitalize myself ready to advance our multilingual services for students in our district."
– district EL coach
WIDA at Conferences
In addition to hosting our own conference, WIDA supports national and international conferences with keynote speakers, workshop presentations and sponsorships.
Learning opportunities for K-12 educators centered on the WIDA Standards and Assessment System, offered in online, in-person and blended formats.
Research at WIDA is dedicated to promoting educational equity and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Featured Educator: Conference Presenters
Get to know talented educators as they discuss their WIDA Annual Conference session.