Introduction to WIDA Standards

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.


This workshop is designed for general classroom teachers and English language specialists who share instructional responsibility for language learners. No experience in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the components of the WIDA Standards and Assessment System
  • Identify the three dimensions of academic language
  • Recognize the sociocultural factors that influence language use
  • Use the WIDA Performance Definitions to analyze student language use
  • Identify the components of the WIDA Standards Matrices


Morning Session

  • Introduction & Logistics
  • Guiding Principles
  • Can Do Philosophy
  • Academic Language in Sociocultural Contexts

Afternoon Session

  • Performance Definitions
  • Can Do Descriptors: Original Edition
  • Standards and Matrices
  • Review and Next Steps

Event information

July 15, 2019
Madison, WI

Registration and costs


Regular Price

Register by June 23, 2019