Conferences and professional learning

WIDA participates in many conferences and professional learning events around the world. Join us virtually at a number of events dedicated to leading the field in working with multilingual learners.

Upcoming featured professional learning opportunities

The Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) at University of Wisconsin–Madison will offer a 20% discount for readers of this newsletter. Just use the code “WIDA” at registration.

Teacher Leadership in Writing: Yearlong Institute
July 18-22, and throughout the school year | Olbrich Botanical Gardens
This yearlong institute will provide educators an opportunity to inquire into a question about their own practice and follow that question throughout a year-long action research cycle.

Free Keynote and Reception: Cultivating a Joyous and Just Education for All
July 26 | Varsity Hall, Union South, UW–Madison
The UW-Madison School of Education Early Career Teaching Institute is hosting a free* public keynote address by Juliana Urtubey, the 2021 National Teacher of the Year. A reception will immediately follow.

*This special rate is made possible by the generosity of Mary T. and Ted D. Kellner, the Kellner Badger for Life Fund, the Dan Mindich Teacher Project Fund, and the Peggy Porter Glick Fund.

The Sandra Alpert Nathan Summer Literacy Institute
June 27-29 | Fluno Center, UW-Madison
This two-day conference will guide educators in selecting and making texts accessible for readers below grade level. Participants will learn specific instructional strategies for fostering the development of Theory of Mind (ToM) through reading and writing instruction. Subsidized accommodations and meals are provided thanks to generous support from the Sandra Alpert Nathan family.

Science of Running Workshop
July 30 | Health Sciences Learning Center, UW-Madison
This one-day workshop features presentations on a variety of topics related to distance running. Topics include biomechanics, nutrition, running performance, coaching runners from high school to college, and more.

Teaching About the Holocaust
August 18 | Wisconsin Idea Room, UW–Madison
This free full-day workshop will have sessions valuable to both social studies and English language arts educators and prepare social studies teachers to implement Act 30. Educators will receive tangible resources and lesson plans to supplement their new curriculum. Pre-registration is required.

Additional learning opportunities

WIDA continues to partner with global and regional organizations to provide opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

Whether you are looking for an introduction, or a deep dive into advanced topics, WIDA International professional learning opportunities are available.

  • WIDA Institute: A comprehensive introduction to WIDA resources and assessments, offered virtually and face-to-face.
  • Global Community of Practice: The next steps to build capacity and improve your school-wide systems
  • International Workshops: A deep dive into a variety of defined topics, offered virtually and face-to-face
  • International Webinars: Offerings include webinars to help you get started or go deeper and discover what your multilingual learners can do.
  • Distance Teaching and Learning: Micro-Offerings from WIDA Professional Learning, as well as a list of other helpful resources for distance learning.
  • WIDA International Secure Portal: Access to assessment training, instructional resources and videos from recorded conference presentations.

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