U.S.-Based Professional Learning

WIDA offers a wide range of professional learning opportunities for educators who work with multilingual learners. Delivered in a variety of in-person, online and blended formats, WIDA learning opportunities are centered on the WIDA Standards and Assessment System. You may filter the listing below to find offerings that match learning goals to your needs.

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"What WIDA provides, amongst many things, are tools to improve relationships between ELL staff and content staff by encouraging collaboration and a free exchange of ideas. It also provides tools for content teachers to deliver content instruction to our ELLs. It gives those teachers the confidence to work with our students and provide them with the strategies and the scaffolds they need to not only improve their English proficiency but also be successful students in areas like math, science, history."

John Masella, ELL Coordinator
Marlborough, Massachusetts

ACCESS for ELLs Test Coordinator Training

Topic
Assessment
ACCESS for ELLs

During the training, participants will learn about ordering and distributing materials, setting up testing schedules, monitoring test administrator certifications, and many other details. All participants must have computers or tablets and an internet connection to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment Management System.

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    Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator Training

    Topic
    Assessment
    ACCESS for ELLs

    This training is designed for test administrators of the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs. During this training test administrators will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs in its unique test design.

    Participants will learn to administer and score the Kindergarten assessment. It is suggested that participants bring Kindergarten MODEL kits to the training, if possible.

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      Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports

      Topic
      Assessment
      ACCESS for ELLs

      The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students' academic English language proficiency. During this training participants will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs score reports. Participants will examine the different types and uses of the various score reports.

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        WIDA AMS for Screener Training

        Topic
        Assessment
        WIDA Screener

        This half-day training focuses solely on how to navigate WIDA AMS for administering and scoring the WIDA Screener Online. During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the functions in WIDA AMS for the administration and scoring of Screener Online. Participants will practice all operations required in WIDA AMS to administer and score the WIDA Screener Online using sample accounts and sample students.

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          Introduction to WIDA Standards

          Topic
          Standards and Instructional Practices

          This workshop is designed as a first exploration of the WIDA ELD Standards System. Participants will have a guided tour through each component with practical suggestions for incorporating components into instruction. This workshop is designed to be interactive with ample time for processing and application.

          This workshop provides foundational awareness of the WIDA Framework and has been designed for any educators that work with English Language Learners.

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          Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners Academy

          Topic
          Standards and Instructional Practices
          Assessment

          This Academy provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment. Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development meaning-making through language use, the Four C’s of Collaboration, and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners. Teams will leave the workshop with access to tools and resources necessary for implementing collaborative structures at their site around the needs of their multilingual learners.

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          Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

          Topic
          Standards and Instructional Practices

          This two-day workshop is designed to enhance participants' lesson planning processes. During the workshop, participants will examine seven essential elements that attend to the needs of English language learners. In particular, participants will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use within settings that integrate content learning and academic language development. Participants will utilize tools and resources from the WIDA Standards Framework to assist them in designing instruction that promotes content learning and language development.

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            Engaging English Language Learners in Science

            Topic
            Standards and Instructional Practices

            This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of English Language Learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, we will develop a common understanding of academic language in a science and engineering environment. After developing a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language-rich environment.

            Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will conclude with participants using a planning tool that will help them apply the process to their lessons.

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              Classroom Action Research: Equity for Multilingual Learners

              Topic
              Standards and Instructional Practices

              Equity for Multilingual Learners (MLs) requires teachers to create culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments and facilitate rigorous learning that is appropriately supported. The purpose of this workshop is for teachers to engage in an action research process in order to enhance equitable opportunities for MLs. Specific topics addressed will include action planning for equity as well as pedagogical practices focused on exploring how to enhance their equitable instructional practices. Teachers will work to positively impact outcomes for MLs through a shift in their practice using standards for equitable pedagogy. Participants will engage in the entire action research cycle over multiple sessions. To support engagement in that cycle, they will also consider classroom examples, interact with colleagues, collaboratively analyze classroom-based evidence of change in practice, and have time for discussion and reflection.

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                ACCESS for ELLs Online Test Administrator Training

                Topic
                Assessment
                ACCESS for ELLs

                During this training, test administrators explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs Online. Participants will learn to administer the online test to students. All participants must have computers or tablets and an internet connection to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment Management System.

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                  Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Training

                  Topic
                  Assessment
                  ACCESS for ELLs

                  The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1-12 who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) and who have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessments. The test is based on Alternate Model Performance Indicators (AMPIs), which provide expectations of what students should be able to process and produce at a given Alternate English Language Proficiency level. Participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of test administration and scoring, to understand the underpinnings of the assessment, and to become aware of the resources available after the training.

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                    WIDA Screener Paper Training

                    Topic
                    Assessment
                    WIDA Screener

                    During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of how to administer the assessment. This includes test administration beginning with the entry task, and then continuing to Path A or Path B. Particular attention will be given to the administration and scoring of speaking and writing sections of the assessment using practice items.

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                      WIDA MODEL Paper Test Administrator Training

                      Topic
                      Assessment
                      WIDA MODEL

                      The WIDA MODEL is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Kindergarten MODEL is only available in a paper kit format. Educators can use MODEL as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. Participants will learn how to administer, monitor and score as applicable each language domain in the assessment.

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                        Language-Focused Family Engagement: Exploring Family Engagement Practices to Support Multilingual Learners

                        Topic
                        Standards and Instructional Practices
                        Family Resources

                        This interactive workshop introduces participants to language-focused family engagement. This unique approach to family engagement centers firmly on multilingual learners and their families by drawing attention to language learning and development that occurs both in-and-out of school. Participants will explore and discuss the need to integrate the fields of language education and family engagement to better support multilingual learners and their families.

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                        Engaging ELLs: Teaching to Student Strengths

                        Topic
                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                        Engaging ELLs: Teaching to Student Strengths has been designed to allow educators to explore based on their interests and learning style. Participants will create a student portrait to help leverage students' interests, strengths, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds to support language development and academic success.

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                        Scaffolding Learning through Language

                        Topic
                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                        This two-day workshop provides educators with a fresh look at how to engage multilingual learners in rigorous content area learning with a balance of challenge and support. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage educators to consider a dynamic set of classroom practices that support multilingual students as they move toward increasing independence and expertise in grade-level content. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum within the content of meaningful experiences contributes to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning.

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                          Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

                          Topic
                          Standards and Instructional Practices

                          This workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment. Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development meaning making through language use, the Four C’s of Collaboration, and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners. Teams will leave the workshop with access to tools and resources necessary for implementing collaborative structures at their site around the needs of their multilingual learners.

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                            Pedagogía con respeto: Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Emergent Bilinguals

                            Topic
                            Standards and Instructional Practices

                            This introduction to the WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards centers around an asset-based approach to teaching and learning Spanish within academic settings. Participants will explore WIDA standards and tools and reflect upon implications for instruction in bilingual programs. Activities and conversations will focus on maximizing meaning making within academic contexts and the linguistic repertoires of multilingual youth in bilingual programs.

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                              ACCESS for ELLs Paper Test Administrator Training

                              Topic
                              Assessment
                              ACCESS for ELLs

                              During this training, test administrators will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs Paper. Participants will learn how to administer and monitor the group sections of the tests and there will be a focus on administering and scoring the speaking section of the assessment.

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                                Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

                                Topic
                                Assessment
                                Standards and Instructional Practices
                                ACCESS for ELLs

                                The ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports provide specific information on students' academic English language proficiency. During this training, participants will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs score reports. Participants will examine the different types and uses of score reports. They will also make connections between the students’ proficiency scores and WIDA Performance Definitions.

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                                  WIDA Screener Online Training

                                  Topic
                                  Assessment
                                  WIDA Screener

                                  During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the administration of WIDA Screener Online. This includes learning to administer the online assessment to students. Particular attention will be given to developing inter-rater reliability when scoring the speaking and writing domains. Participants will utilize a multitude of practice items to be scored with the scoring scales.

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                                    WIDA MODEL Online Test Administrator Training

                                    Topic
                                    Assessment
                                    WIDA MODEL

                                    This training is for test administrators of the WIDA MODEL (Measure of Developing English Language) Online. The WIDA MODEL is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. However, Kindergarten MODEL is only available in a paper kit format. Educators can use MODEL as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. Participants will learn how to administer, monitor, and score as applicable each language domain in the assessment.

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                                      Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

                                      Topic
                                      Standards and Instructional Practices

                                      English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for ELLs utilizing the WIDA ELD framework. While planning, participants will have time to reflect on how to create productive struggle in a safe learning environment.

                                      This workshop is designed for educators with all levels of experience with the WIDA Standards Framework, including those new to WIDA tools and resources.

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                                      Taking Action for ELLs: Foundational Concepts

                                      Topic
                                      Standards and Instructional Practices

                                      Taking Action for ELLs: Foundational Concepts has been designed to allow educators to explore based on their interests and learning style. Participants will build their awareness of ELLs, explore the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, and take action in their classrooms. 

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                                      Writing for Multilingual Learners Academy

                                      Topic
                                      Standards and Instructional Practices

                                      The Writing for Multilingual Learners Academy is a two-day event that supports educators of multilingual learners and their development in writing. This academy is inspired by the College and Career Readiness Standards, which have stimulated more emphasis on critical reading and writing across the disciplines.

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                                      Formative Language Assessment

                                      Topic
                                      Standards and Instructional Practices

                                      This workshop explores formative assessment practices that focus students' and teachers' attention on English language development within the context of subject-area classrooms. The purpose is to prepare participants to incorporate new formative language assessment practices into their educational contexts.

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                                        Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices
                                        Family Resources

                                        Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for multilingual learners. The purpose of this workshop is for school leaders to reflect on their school’s policies and systems in order to craft a personal leadership action plan that promotes equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners. Specific topics addressed will include policy, instructional leadership, collaborative relationships between students, teachers, families and data teams that are necessary for language learners to thrive. Participants will engage in interactive tasks related to equitable instruction for multilingual learners, discussions and reflections, video analysis, and action planning.

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                                          2018 WIDA Annual Conference

                                          October 23, 2018
                                          Cobo Center
                                          Detroit
                                          MI
                                          Topic
                                          Assessment
                                          Standards and Instructional Practices
                                          Research

                                          2018 Theme: Schools and Communities Empowering One Another

                                          The WIDA Annual Conference is the largest and most prominent conference anywhere dedicated to Pre-K through Grade 12 English Language Learner educators and administrators. By teachers, for teachers!

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                                          Administrator Academy: Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

                                          June 25, 2019 | 8:00 am
                                          811 N. 9th Street
                                          St. Louis
                                          MO
                                          Topic
                                          Standards and Instructional Practices
                                          Family Resources

                                          Educational leaders are key to improving academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth. Leading schools with a focus on language learner achievement means that the entire school community shares a commitment to creating equitable opportunities to learn and for academic language development. This academy will emphasize the importance of cultivating the collaborative relationships between teachers, students, families and data teams that are necessary for language learners to thrive.

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                                            2019 WIDA Annual Conference

                                            October 15, 2019
                                            Rhode Island Convention Center
                                            Providence
                                            RI
                                            Topic
                                            Assessment
                                            Standards and Instructional Practices
                                            Research

                                            Information for 2019 Presenters

                                            Become a conference presenter! WIDA is looking for educators who are passionate about what they do and can share their enthusiasm and experience with others.

                                            Call for proposals starts November 1, 2018

                                            • Submission details
                                            • Submit a proposal
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