WIDA Annual Conference

A conference by teachers, for teachers

The WIDA Annual Conference is the largest conference dedicated to educators of PreK-12 English language 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 to the conference theme and are designed and delivered in an engaging format. Topic areas include:

  • Effective instructional practices
  • Language assessment
  • Leadership
  • Second language development
  • Bilingual education
  • Family engagement

Launched in 2013, the WIDA Annual Conference has continued to grow in popularity as it has traveled around the country – from Milwaukee, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Tampa, Detroit and this year to Providence, Rhode Island.

In its first year, the conference drew 600 participants with a sizable waiting list. Now, we are preparing for 2,000 attendees each year.

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1,600+
Attendees

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200+
Presenters

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100+
Breakout Sessions

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4 of 5
Highly Recommend

46 States and 5 Countries Represented

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What participants say...

“It was absolutely worth the money, the time, and the effort to attend… the WIDA conference is based on things I see daily and can immediately impact my EL students. It was fantastic.”

– 2018 WIDA Annual Conference Attendee

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Past Conferences

More than 5,000 educators have attended the WIDA Annual Conference at least once, and about 40% return for more than one conference.

2018 Program  2017 Program  2016 Program  2015 Program

2014 Program  2013 Program

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U.S.-Based Professional Learning

Learning opportunities for K-12 educators centered on the WIDA Standards and Assessment System, offered in online, in-person and blended formats.

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WIDA Research

Research at WIDA is dedicated to promoting educational equity and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse students.

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WIDA @ Conferences

In addition to hosting our own conference, WIDA supports national and international conferences with keynote speakers, workshop presentations and sponsorships.

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News

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