Ask Fatima: eLearning and Family Engagement

This month, Fatima answers questions about certificates for attending WIDA Professional Development, eLearning and family engagement.

How can I obtain my certificate of attendance from the International Institute?

To request a certificate for attending the WIDA Institute, please fill out this request form. Once completed, an electronic certificate will be send to the email address you list on the form.

How long does it take to complete the Free Online Professional Learning Modules?

As the training courses are self-guided, time to complete each course will vary between individuals. Here is the breakdown for the online modules:

Taking Action: 1 hour total
Each topic (topic 1-3) is approximately 15-30 minutes.

Engaging ELLs: 1.5 – 2 hours total
Each topic (topic 1-5) is approximately 20-25 minutes. This particular module will vary a lot by the user.


​Does WIDA have any resources that will strengthen my school’s family engagement practices for multilingual families?

WIDA supports language-focused family engagement, an approach that recognizes the importance of families and educators working together to support the language learning and development of multilingual children and youth. On the Family Engagement section of the website, WIDA has a number of resources that will strengthen your school’s family engagement practices. These resources include:

  • Family Engagement Focus Bulletins: a series of focus bulletins that initiate reflection at the local school level and strengthen family engagement practices with families of multilingual children.
  • ABCs of Family Engagement: a guide that presents the ABCs of how to strengthen family engagement practices and build relationships with families of multilingual children.
  • The “My Child is an ELL video series” (in English and Spanish): a six-part video series that engages parents in two-way communication in topics surrounding how to support multilingual children in the classroom and beyond.