International Institutes

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Get started with WIDA

The WIDA Institute is a four-day comprehensive introduction to explore the WIDA standards and assessment system. A WIDA 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.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for locations and dates.

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.

What You Will Learn

Day 1

  • Preview WIDA as a system
  • Explore academic language
  • Consider assessments, including WIDA MODEL, WIDA Screener
  • Investigate implementation

Day 2

  • Explore WIDA Essential Actions
  • Calibrate WIDA assessment data
  • Develop student portraits
  • Investigate implementation

Day 3

  • Practice with WIDA Essential Actions
  • Explore unit and lesson planning
  • Unpack model performance indicators
  • Evaluate linguistic demands
  • Differentiate language and content

Day 4

  • Review WIDA Essential Actions
  • Explore collaboration
  • Examine strategies for co-planning
  • Investigate co-teaching models
  • Analyze student writing for co-assessing
  • 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

Credit from the UW-Madison is available for participating in this event at an additional cost.

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.


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Upcoming Locations and Dates

Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 13-16, 2019

Register by November 28, 2018 for Early Bird Pricing

Graded American School
Av. Jose Galante, 425 - Vila Andrade

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Singapore, February 21-24, 2019

Register by November 28, 2018 for Early Bird Pricing

ISS International School - Paterson Campus near Orchard Road
25 Paterson Road

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Madison, WI, USA, July 22-25, 2019

Register by April 25, 2019 for Early Bird Pricing

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St

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