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
- 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.
4 of 5
46 States and 5 Countries Represented
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
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.
Research at WIDA is dedicated to promoting educational equity and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse students.
WIDA @ Conferences
In addition to hosting our own conference, WIDA supports national and international conferences with keynote speakers, workshop presentations and sponsorships.
Looking for recent WIDA News, announcements, upcoming offerings, or our Featured Educator archive?