International Webinars

WIDA offers webinars to help you get started or go deeper and discover what your multilingual learners can do. Introducing WIDA webinars introduce international and independent schools to WIDA. Deep Dive webinars are offered exclusively for members of the WIDA International School Consortium. Note: all times are U.S. Central Time (GMT-6), unless otherwise noted.

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Introducing WIDA webinars are scheduled in August and January and held once per month throughout the year.

Deep Dive webinars are scheduled in August and January and held bi-monthly during the fall and spring semesters.

MODEL training webinars are held occasionally year-round. See the Assessment Training Workshops and Webinars page.

All Webinars

Introducing WIDA - January 19

January 19, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session)

Join WIDA to discover what your multilingual learners can do! This free webinar introduces international and independent schools to WIDA. Learn more about how WIDA focuses on both academic language development and academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The webinar will also include time for Q&A so please feel free to submit any questions in advance. We hope to see you there! 

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Deep Dive: From Mindsets to Action: Shifting Schools Through Inclusive, Assets-Based Language Policies

February 9, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session)

Linguistic equity must be central to conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in international school contexts. Deconstructing a school’s language policy and the underlying beliefs are essential pieces of DEIJ work as we shed light on the complex relationship between language, culture, and identity and how this relationship should inform equitable policies.

In this webinar, we will explore a possible framework for developing a school language policy. We will discuss critical questions facing international schools and explore the relationship between current research and perceived conflicts with stakeholder interests.

By the end of this session, participants will leave with a checklist for reviewing/developing a school language policy and an initial analysis of the current language ideologies at play within their schools. 

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Introducing WIDA - February 9

February 9, 2022 | 7:00 pm

(Asia morning session)

Join WIDA to discover what your multilingual learners can do! This free webinar introduces international and independent schools to WIDA. Learn more about how WIDA focuses on both academic language development and academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The webinar will also include time for Q&A so please feel free to submit any questions in advance. We hope to see you there!

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Deep Dive: Beyond Co-Teaching: Co-Planning, Co-Assessing and Co-Reflecting

February 23, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session)

While two teachers working together in the same classroom can be powerful, collaboration is so much more than co-teaching. This session will explore co-planning and other collaborative practices for general education teachers and EAL specialists who support integrated content and language development.

The goal of the webinar is twofold:

(1) to help participating educators deepen conversations and action planning around collaborative practices and

(2) to introduce several WIDA tools that promote collaborative integration of language and content learning international schools.

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Deep Dive: Building Capacity: Facilitating Professional Learning at Your School

March 9, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session)

Do you facilitate professional learning for your school? Have you offered a workshop to introduce WIDA to your colleagues? This webinar will give insights on the tools and resources available to you for building capacity at your school. We get it – teachers are busy – so WIDA has created many valuable ready-to-use resources that can support your school’s learning. In this webinar we will show you where to find videos and handouts, provide suggestions for how to utilize these tools and prepare you to offer workshops for your colleagues. 

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Introducing WIDA – March 16

March 16, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session) 

Join WIDA to discover what your multilingual learners can do! This free webinar introduces international and independent schools to WIDA. Learn more about how WIDA focuses on both academic language development and academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The webinar will also include time for Q&A so please feel free to submit any questions in advance. We hope to see you there!

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Deep Dive: EAL and Admissions: An Essential Partnership - Panel

March 23, 2022 | 7:00 pm

(Asia morning session)

In this webinar, representatives from several international schools will discuss the issues they consider important when establishing a school admissions policy. Representatives from each school will discuss how they balance requirements from admissions offices with those of the EAL department.

The panelists will also reflect on the information and resources they utilize from WIDA in their school admissions policy. Finally, panelists will discuss challenges they have faced in building an equitable admissions policy for all students.

Those who attend this webinar should leave with a better understanding of how experienced staff from international schools craft thoughtful admissions policies. Attendees should also learn about aspects of international school admissions policy that may be directly relevant to their own school, with a particular focus on the needs of EALs.

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Deep Dive: Building Student Engagement in Digital Learning in Four Acts

April 6, 2022 | 8:00 am

(Europe afternoon/Asia evening session) 

As the educational technology field begins to move towards increased personalized learning, many worry about the isolating effects of individual approaches to mastery-based learning.  Learning is not just located “in the brain,” but reflects the social meanings of a particular group and context. In other words, individual learning is embedded within socio-cultural contexts.  
 
Using the Four Act Structure (Setting Up Key Concepts, Building the Storyline, Creating a Group Payoff, and Reflecting on Learning), international educators will have the opportunity to experience how online discussions might be customized to best support and connect multilingual learners. Techniques to be explored include:  built-in accessibility features, online discussion tables and learner roles, online text annotation, and use of google powerpoint slides with embedded manipulatives.

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Introducing WIDA – April 13

April 13, 2022 | 7:00 pm

(Asia morning session)

Join WIDA to discover what your multilingual learners can do! This free webinar introduces international and independent schools to WIDA. Learn more about how WIDA focuses on both academic language development and academic achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students. The webinar will also include time for Q&A so please feel free to submit any questions in advance. We hope to see you there!

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