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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"I have attended two WIDA workshops on Formative Language Assessments... WIDA has helped me achieve my goals with students by looking at their current skill set and allowing me to level them up."

Angela Thoen, EL Teacher
Austin, Minnesota

Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades

June 18 - 19, 2019
Rosemont, IL
Topic
Standards and Instructional Practices

As teachers, we want to empower multilingual writers, not only to produce successful academic writing, but, more importantly, to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. We want students to know how to leverage writing as a powerful tool to understand the world, express themselves effectively, learn from one another, and argue for the things they believe in. This vision requires intentional, language-focused instruction and is strengthened when it occurs through authentic writing tasks in the content areas.

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Administrator Academy: Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

June 25 - 27, 2019
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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    Introduction to WIDA Standards

    July 15, 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.

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    WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners

    July 17, 2019
    Madison, WI
    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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    Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction

    August 12, 2019
    Madison, WI
    Topic
    Standards and Instructional Practices

    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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    Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

    August 13 - 14, 2019
    Platteville, WI
    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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    Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades

    September 17 - 18, 2019
    363 Maine Mall Road
    Portland
    Maine
    Topic
    Standards and Instructional Practices

    As teachers, we want to empower multilingual writers, not only to produce successful academic writing, but, more importantly, to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. We want students to know how to leverage writing as a powerful tool to understand the world, express themselves effectively, learn from one another, and argue for the things they believe in. This vision requires intentional, language-focused instruction and is strengthened when it occurs through authentic writing tasks in the content areas.

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    2019 WIDA Annual Conference

    October 15 - 18, 2019
    Rhode Island Convention Center
    Providence
    RI
    Topic
    Assessment
    Standards and Instructional Practices
    Research

    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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    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 Multilingual Learners in Science

      Topic
      Standards and Instructional Practices

      This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers of multilingual 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 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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                  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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                              Cultivating Practices to Support Language Learner Success

                              Topic
                              Standards and Instructional Practices

                              This eWorkshop is designed to support facilitators in leading a committed group of educators through 16 one–hour sessions on "Cultivating Practices to Support Language Learner Success". The sessions are designed to support educators in using instructional practices that advance English language development and academic achievement through WIDA's English Language Development Standards and Can Do Philosophy.

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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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                                    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.

                                        Read more

                                        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.

                                          Read more

                                          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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