International Professional Learning

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Meet your growth needs, learn your way

WIDA professional learning supports international educators by providing:

  • Introductions that build foundational knowledge and skills
  • Deep dives into advanced topics to create systems
  • Training-of-trainers to build capacity

Choose the professional learning pathway that best serves your needs. Below you’ll find information about getting started, going deeper or building capacity.

Get Started: Build Foundational Knowledge and Skills

Professional learning offerings that provide an introduction to the components and use of the WIDA Standards and Assessment System.

WIDA Institute

A comprehensive introduction to using WIDA as a system. The four-day WIDA Institute builds classroom practices through an in-depth introduction to WIDA assessments and the WIDA Standards Framework. WIDA International Institutes are open enrollment opportunities for schools and educators who are starting their WIDA journey.

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WIDA Foundational Workshops

One-day or two-day on-site introduction for educators from a single school. These workshops help introduce a particular topic to your whole faculty, on site at your school. Foundational Workshops available to WIDA international Consortium member schools include the following:

  • Introduction to WIDA Standards
  • Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Purposeful Lesson Planning for English Language Learners
  • WIDA Screener: Paper Test Administration
  • WIDA MODEL: Paper or online Test Administration

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Self-paced, online introductions to teaching multilingual learners using WIDA resources. Build understanding about WIDA anytime, anywhere, with web-based learning on demand. Available to Consortium members only.

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    Go Deeper: Advanced Topics

    Professional learnings offerings for member schools that focus on targeted instructional practices or school systems to support multilingual learners.

    WIDA Symposium

    A two-day network-based inquiry into current research, new tools and school-wide systems. Use improvement science principles to design, build and test new tools together with other schools in the WIDA network. (Open Enrollment)

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    WIDA Workshop

    A two-day advanced training on a specific topic for individuals or teams. (Open Enrollment)

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      Build Capacity: Training of Trainers

      Professional learning offerings for member schools that prepare teacher leaders to deliver training to other educators throughout your school.

      CLIMBS Institute

      A three-day training-of-trainers institute to prepare professional developers, teacher leaders, or educational coaches in delivering WIDA learning opportunities. Participants receive a professional development curriculum to be delivered in their school or district that includes a facilitation kit with PowerPoint slides, trainer notes, and participant guides and handouts. CLIMBS empowers on-site facilitators to train mainstream teachers to work effectively with multi-lingual learners.

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      WIDA International School Consortium

      A member-based community of accredited, PreK-12 international schools that use WIDA’s research-based standards and assessments.

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      WIDA International Newsletter

      Read about the latest research, program updates and global professional learning opportunities from WIDA as well as news from our member schools.

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      WIDA Annual Conference

      WIDA is proud to host the largest conference dedicated to educators of PreK-12 English language learners.

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      Teaching Internationally

      Learn how WIDA serves multilingual students, and how educators around the world use WIDA to improve teaching and learning.