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

Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

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 language learners bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for MLs 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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Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

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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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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    Formative Language Assessment

    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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      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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            Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners

            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 multilingual 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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            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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              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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