International Symposia

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Improve School-wide Systems for Multilingual Learners

The WIDA Symposium is a forum for innovation and reciprocal learning. You will learn about new resources and developments from WIDA. Together we will explore the latest research and connect with scholars from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We will also showcase innovation from across the WIDA International School Consortium; you will be able to share both your questions and your good ideas with colleagues from around the region.

Who Should Attend

The Symposium is an exclusive benefit for members of the WIDA International School Consortium. A Symposium is the next step to support action planning and implementation for educators who have already used WIDA resources. Participants must have previous training/experience with WIDA. We encourage teams of EAL teachers, administrators and classroom/subject teachers to attend together.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the changing global health response, we are continuing to work with host schools to determine dates and locations to meet the needs of our global educators.

While we look towards a future with unrestricted travel, we also acknowledge that the health and safety of students, teachers and families remains a priority. Therefore, we are sharing upcoming professional learning dates and locations but are limiting registration until travel to that location is deemed safe.

Please mark your calendars with the dates and locations you would like to attend, and visit this page for updates and registration links as they become available.

  • Florence, Italy: Nov 7-8, 2020
  • Shanghai, China: Dec 4-5, 2020

Additional Details on Attending a Symposium

What You Will Learn

During the Symposium we will engage in three intentional learning loops:

  • You will learn from other international schools
  • You will learn about new tools/resources from WIDA
  • WIDA will learn from your comments, feedback and questions

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 will conclude at 3:00pm


Prices in U.S. dollars

$550 Early Bird Price
$650 Regular Price

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for two days. Participants also receive a copy of 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 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.

What Past Participants Say

"We like the WIDA framework because it gives us a strong specific way to measure student needs and progress. It provides both teacher tools and learning opportunities and we use it to measure the success of our program. With numerous other international schools also using the tool it provides a common ground of understanding for comparing programs and for recruiting teachers." – Deputy Head of School, Africa


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