Engaging ELLs: Teaching to Student Strengths

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.


This module engages educators with an intermediate level of awareness of WIDA and/or English language development, including:

  • Individual educators
  • Educators working as a team in their school or district
  • Coaches or district PD facilitators who could create blended learning or dialogue around educating ELLs

Module Topics

Topic 1: Can Do Philosophy

Topic 2: Sociocultural Context for Language Use

Topic 3: Language Expectations and Support

Topic 4: Features of Academic Language

Topic 5: The Student Portrait

Event information

Professional learning modules are available free to Consortium members via the WIDA Secure Portal.