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

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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        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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            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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