WIDA at Conferences

two wida staffers at a wida info conference booth

Find WIDA across the country and around the world

In addition to hosting the WIDA Annual Conference, WIDA staff participate in many other regional, national and international conferences throughout the year.

Look for us at these upcoming conferences:

Sequoia Con - February/March 2024

February 29-March 1, 2024
Virtual conference

Better Prompts for English Language Development Standards Unit Planning
Lynn Shafer Willner

Learn more about Sequoia Con.

Dual Language Symposium - March 2024

March 2, 2024
Schaumburg, IL

Creciendo, fortaleciendo y sosteniendo el bilingüismo con el desarrollo del español
Samuel Aguirre and Analleli Hernández

Learn more about the Dual Language Symposium.

Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast (MABE-NE) - March 2024

March 8-9, 2024
Providence, Rhode Island

Growing, strengthening, and sustaining bilingualism through Spanish language development
Samuel Aguirre

Learn more about MABE-NE.

American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference - March 2024

March 16-19, 2024
Houston, Texas

Evaluating the writing skills of kindergarten multilingual learners
Mark Chapman and Gordon West

Exploring the multimodality of emerging writing by multilingual kindergarteners
Gordon West and Jeanne Beck (former WIDA intern)

Promoting K-12 educators’ understanding of the impact of English Language Development Standards on language assessments
Alicia Kim, Lorena Alarcon (former WIDA intern), Jason A. Kemp and Fabiana MacMillan

Situated language proficiency: revisiting the relationship between construct and use
Margo Gottlieb, Constant Leung (King's College London)

Learn more about the AAAL Conference.

TESOL International Convention & Expo - March 2024

March 21-23, 2024
Tampa, Florida

Empowering Multilingual Learners Through Multimodal Classroom Assessment
Margo Gottlieb

Learn more about the TESOL Convention.

National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA) - March 2024

March 26-27, 2024
New Orleans, Louisiana

Multiliteracies: What Does the Science of Reading Have to Do with It?
Margo Gottlieb

Learn more about NAELPA.

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) - March 2024

March 28-30, 2024
New Orleans, Louisiana

Pre-Conference Institute: Juntos Se Puede: Empowering Bilingual Program Leaders for Success
Yvonne Williams (WCEPS) and Samuel Aguirre

Planning for Spanish Language Development through Student Samples and Mentor Texts 
Analleli Hernández

Growing, strengthening, and sustaining bilingualism through Spanish language development 
Samuel Aguirre, Margo Gottlieb and Analleli Hernández

Why Rural Matters to Multilingual Learners
Maria Coady (NCSU) Diep Nguyen and Julie Sugarman (Migration Institute)

From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Strategies for Promoting Multimodalities and Multilingualism in Instruction and Assessment
Margo Gottlieb

Learn more about NABE.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting - April 2024

April 11-14, 2024
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Space for Translanguaging: Secondary Language Arts Students’ Critical Awareness While Engaged in Online Discussions
Park et al.

Bilingual/ESL Preservice Teachers’ Heritage Language and Language Identity: Evidence From Multimodal Literacy Autobiographies
Park et al.

Chronicling Disparities: Harnessing Longitudinal Data to Examine Educational Inequities
Narek Sahakyan and Glenn Poole

Learn more about the AERA Annual Meeting.

Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) - April 2024

April 19-21, 2024
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Growing, strengthening, and sustaining bilingualism through Spanish language development
Samuel Aguirre

Learn more about WIABE.

The Reading League Summit - April 2024

April 27, 2024
San Diego, California

How is assessment of language proficiency different from assessment of language (reading) skills for multilingual learners?
Margo Gottlieb

Learn more about The Reading League Summit.

NJTESOL/NJBE Spring Conference - May 2024

May 29-31, 2024
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Growing Schoolwide Utilization of WIDA Resources
Kenneth Bond

ALL ACCESS: Updates in ACCESS testing, Kinder ACCESS, and Alternate ACCESS
Lynn Shafer Willner

Diving Deeper in the WIDA Proficiency Level Descriptors
Lynn Shafer Willner

Implementing the WIDA ELD Standards Framework
Lynn Shafer Willner

WIDA ELD Standards Digital Explorer Overview (Poster Session)
Lynn Shafer Willner

Learn more about NJTESOL/NJBE.

Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) - July 2024

July 1-5, 2024
Innsbruck, Austria

Communicating ELP Assessment Changes to K-12 Educators
Alicia Kim, Jason Kemp, Fabiana MacMillan and Lorena Alarcon (former WIDA intern)

Aligning Proficiency Level Descriptors with Audiences and Uses: Enhancing Equitable Communication in a K-12 Language Assessment System
Lynn Shafer Willner and Margo Gottlieb

A Digital Mapping of High Leverage Communicative Practices in School-Age Content-Area Contexts (Poster Session)
Lynn Shafer Willner and Margo Gottlieb

Learn more about LTRC.

WIDA researchers honored at AERA

conference organizer and wida researchers in front of a screen that announces a best paper award

During the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, a group of WIDA researchers received the Jamal Abedi Best Paper Award from the Inclusion and Accessibility in Educational Assessment Special Interest Group. Alicia Kim, Jason Kemp, Mark Chapman and H. Gary Cook were honored for their paper, “Use of Universal Tools Embedded in Assessments: Grades 4-12 English Learners With and Without Disabilities,” in Sage Journal’s “Language Testing.” Read about the researchers, their award and find a link to the paper in this article.