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.

What participants say...

“This was my fourth WIDA conference and they just get better and better every year. Every break out session was excellent. I have attended several national conferences throughout my career and this was probably the best one.”

– 2017 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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Workshops, eLearning and Academies

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 at National Conferences

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

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WIDA at International Conferences

Connect with WIDA staff and other Consortium members as we present at conferences across the globe.