Workshops for Schools and Districts

WIDA offers a variety of in-person workshops, led by WIDA-trained facilitators, that can be purchased for your school or district.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person workshops are currently unavailable. WIDA Professional Learning has developed a new series of micro-offerings designed for educators who work with multilingual children and youth across a variety of settings.

All Workshops

Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science

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.

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    Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports (Half-Day)

    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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      Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction (Full Day)

      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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        Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

        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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          Scaffolding Learning through Language

          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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            WIDA AMS for Screener

            This training focuses solely on how to navigate WIDA AMS for administering and scoring the WIDA Screener Online. During this training, participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of the functions in WIDA AMS for the administration and scoring of Screener Online. Participants will practice all operations required in WIDA AMS to administer and score Screener Online using sample accounts and sample students.

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            WIDA MODEL Online Test Administration Webinar Series

            This WIDA MODEL Online training webinar series is for educators who are preparing to administer the WIDA MODEL Online assessment for grades 1-12. WIDA MODEL can be used as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled English language learners or as an interim progress monitoring assessment. During this training, participants will learn how to administer and score each of the four domain assessments as well as how to navigate and perform key functions in the WIDA MODEL Online Test Administrator Interface.

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            WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

            Participants will work collaboratively to strengthen their understanding of how to administer and score WIDA Screener for Kindergarten by working hands on assessment materials to practice both handling the materials and scoring different domains of WIDA Screener for Kindergarten. Participants will build interrater reliability using the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten writing rubric. 

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            Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades

            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 multilingual learners to become effective and informed writers not only in science but across content areas.

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