U.S.-Based Professional Learning

WIDA offers a wide range of professional learning topics and formats to meet the needs of educators who work with multilingual learners. Locally Hosted professional learning offerings are available for purchase and can be brought to a school or district. Open Enrollment professional learning events are offered throughout the year and are designed for individuals or small groups of educators to attend.

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Featured Educator

"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

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 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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        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 with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades Academy

        Topic
        Standards and Instructional Practices

        In this interactive workshop we will explore a pedagogical approach that apprentices multilingual learners into writing in various academic genres. Specifically, we’ll look at examples of this in science and consider how this approach develops multilingual learners’ writing skills and their awareness about how writing works. This will allow them to become effective and informed writers not only in science but across content areas.

         

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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 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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                      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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                      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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                                  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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                                  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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                                      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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                                        Introduction to Language-Focused Family Engagement

                                        January 22, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Family Resources
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        January 22-23, 2019 | Arlington Heights, IL

                                        WIDA is excited to announce the first offering of a two-day workshop on language-focused family engagement. This workshop is open to early care and K-12 educators that serve multilingual children and youth. This interactive workshop introduces participants to language-focused family engagement, a unique approach to family engagement that consists of four pillars:

                                        1. An affirming asset-based approach
                                        2. The WIDA ABCs of Family Engagement
                                        3. Family language practices and goals
                                        4. School language practices and goals

                                        Language-focused family engagement draws attention to language education that occurs in-and-out of school and promotes meaningful two-way communication with families about their children’s language learning and development.

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                                        Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

                                        February 26, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        February 26-27, 2019 | Madison, WI

                                        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.

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                                        BUENO/WIDA: Exploring Standards for Equitable Bilingual Education

                                        March 19, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        March 19-20, 2019 | Boulder, CO

                                        Participants in this two-day workshop will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about equitable dual language programming. 

                                        We will delve into topics about:

                                        • school and district context, culture, and climate
                                        • the intersection of language development across programs
                                        • the structures and leadership for dual language education
                                        • standard-based instruction in dual language programs 

                                        Participants will create an action plan that promotes equitable educational opportunities for multilingual learners. This planning tool is designed for immediate implementation.

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                                        Introduction to the WIDA Standards

                                        March 26, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        This workshop explores the components of the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards with a focus on academic language. Participants engage in hands-on activities that explore the WIDA Can Do Philosophy, examine academic language, and consider the sociocultural factors that influence language use. This workshop provides foundational awareness of the WIDA Standards System and has been designed for any educators that work with English language learners.

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                                        Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

                                        March 27, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        March 27-28, 2019 | Baltimore Area, MD

                                        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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                                        Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Multilingual Students

                                        April 11, 2019
                                        2705 McDonough Street
                                        Joliet, Illinois 60436
                                        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, such as Los descriptors Podemos and Can Do Descriptors, 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 students in bilingual programs. The workshop also engages participants in discussions around unique language practices of multilingual students, such as translanguaging, and ways educators can align Spanish and English instruction across their bilingual program.

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                                        Pedagogía con Respeto: Pairing Languages and Standards to Advance Student Learning

                                        May 1, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        May 1-2, 2019 | Madison, WI

                                        This two-day bilingual workshop uses an interactive and hands on approach to connect the theoretical and pedagogical foundations of the WIDA language development standards for Spanish and English to instruction and assessment in the bilingual classroom. Participants will reflect on current practice to determine ways to leverage the WIDA standards and related tools, such as Los descriptores Podemos and Can Do Descriptors, to inform curriculum design, instruction and assessment.  The workshop also engages participants in discussions about unique language practices of multilinguals, such as translanguaging, and ways educators can align Spanish and English instruction across their program.

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                                        WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners

                                        May 29, 2019
                                        Atlanta, GA
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        Multilingual 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 ELLs bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for multilingual learners utilizing the WIDA ELD and SLD Frameworks. While planning, participants will have time to reflect on how to leverage productive struggle within a safe learning environment.

                                        Read more

                                        Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

                                        May 30, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        May 30-31, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

                                        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.

                                        Read more

                                        Introduction to WIDA Standards

                                        June 25, 2019
                                        Madison
                                        WI
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices

                                        This workshop explores the components of the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards with a focus on academic language. Participants engage in hands-on activities that explore the WIDA Can Do Philosophy, examine academic language, and consider the sociocultural factors that influence language use. This workshop provides foundational awareness of the WIDA Standards System and has been designed for any educators that work with English language learners.

                                        Read more

                                        Administrator Academy: Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

                                        June 25, 2019
                                        Topic
                                        Standards and Instructional Practices
                                        Family Resources

                                        June 25-27, 2019 | St. Louis, MO

                                        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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                                          WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners

                                          July 17, 2019
                                          Topic
                                          Standards and Instructional Practices

                                          Multilingual 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 ELLs bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for multilingual learners utilizing the WIDA ELD and SLD Frameworks. While planning, participants will have time to reflect on how to leverage productive struggle within a safe learning environment.

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                                          Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

                                          August 13, 2019
                                          Topic
                                          Standards and Instructional Practices

                                          August 13-14, 2019 | Platteville, WI

                                          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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                                          2019 WIDA Annual Conference

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

                                          Oct. 15-18, 2019

                                          Join WIDA for the premier event for Pre-K through Grade 12 multilingual learner educators and administrators – the WIDA Annual Conference.

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