International Institutes

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Discover What Your Multilingual Learners Can Do

The WIDA Institute is a four-day comprehensive introduction to explore the WIDA Standards and Assessment System. An institute is a first step in learning how WIDA resources work together to support multilingual students and their teachers. Institute participants will also benefit from networking opportunities with international educators both in person and through an online community forum.

Who Should Attend

The Institute is intended for educators who are new to WIDA, or who are deciding how WIDA assessments and resources can support teaching and learning at their school. All international school teachers, administrators or admissions officers are welcome to enroll in this introductory session. If you are ready to explore how WIDA can help your students, sign up for a WIDA International Institute today.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Shenzhen, China

Due to the current concerns and rapidly changing information and response to COVID-19, we are postponing this event. New dates will be listed once they become available.

NCIC Immersion
33 Shizhou Zhong Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China 518053

Lodging Recommendations

Madison, Wisconsin, USA, July 20-23, 2020

At this time, we are continuing to plan for the WIDA Institute and WIDA Symposium, scheduled to take place in Madison, WI, in July 2020. Please continue to visit this page for updates.

Register by April 24, 2020 for Early Bird Pricing

Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI, USA

Lodging Recommendations: Lowell Center

Register for Madison Institute

Additional Details on Attending an Institute 

What You Will Learn

Day 1

  • Preview WIDA as a system
  • Explore language in academic contexts
  • Consider assessment purposes and tools
  • Compare WIDA MODEL and WIDA Screener

Day 2

  • Explore WIDA Essential Actions
  • Consider and assets-based approach
  • Reflect on using assessment data
  • Develop student portraits

Day 3

  • Practice with WIDA Essential Actions
  • Explore linguistic demands of curricula
  • Scaffold language and content learning
  • Practice unit and lesson planning

Day 4

  • Review WIDA Essential Actions
  • Explore collaboration
  • Examine WIDA tools and co-planning
  • Discuss action planning and next steps

Daily Schedule

8:00am - 8:30am: Coffee and Refreshments
8:30am - 12:00pm: Morning Session (including coffee break)
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch (provided)
1:00pm - 4:00pm*: Afternoon Session (including coffee break)

* Note: The afternoon session of the final day of the Institute will conclude at 3pm.


Prices in U.S. dollars

$850 Early Bird Price
$950 Regular Price

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for four days. Participants also receive a copy of the WIDA Essential Actions Handbook and The WIDA International English Language Development Standards and Resource Guide.

Earning Credit

Participants are eligible to earn 1 graduate level credit through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

To register for credit:

  1. Choose "credit registration" during the registration process.
  2. Apply for special student status by following the directions provided in your confirmation email.
  3. Complete the assignment.  Instructions are provided during the Institute.

If you have questions please contact Fatima at

Refund Policy

Registration fee is non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for participant cancellations or no-shows. If the event is cancelled, applicants will be reimbursed for registration fees only.

Travel and Lodging

Attendees are responsible for booking their own travel and lodging. All travel, transportation, and parking expenses are paid by attendees.


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