Global Conferences: November Updates

WIDA will be at several conferences during the 2019-2020 school year. Visit our WIDA@Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

WIDA Annual Conference

Last month WIDA hosted our largest conference yet! More than 1,850 educators met in Rhode Island for the chance to grow their practice while engaging with other professionals and though leaders in the field.  International educators had a chance to meet and socialize while chatting about their international experiences.

We are already planning the 2020 WIDA Annual Conference, and the call for proposals is now open! The conference will take place in Denver, CO on October 26-29, 2020 under the theme "Multilingualism for the Future". Concurrent session and workshop proposals will be accepted now through January 19, 2020. Proposal topics include:

  • Early Years
  • ​Effective Instructional Practices
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Language Development and Bilingual/Multilingual Education
  • Language Assessment
  • Professional Learning in Schools and Districts
  • Program Administration and Policy
  • Specific Populations: Multilingual Learners with Disabilities; Newcomers; SLIFE; Migrant, Refugee, Long-term Multilingual Learners​
  • Technology

Share your experience and contribute to a conference that is by teachers, for teachers by submitting your proposal today.

International Conferences

In October, WIDA visited new conferences in Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia. The opportunity to connect with educators was appreciated. November brings Fatima Rivera to South Africa, and in December Mark Chapman will be presenting in Japan while Delis Cuellar will be presenting in France.

Upcoming international conferences

  • AISA (Association of International Schools in Africa)
    • November 21-23, 2019: Capetown, South Africa
    • WIDA Exhibitor: Fatima Rivera
  • New Directions (British Council)
    • December 8-9, 2019: Yokohama, Japan
    • WIDA Presenters: Tim Boals, Mark Chapman and Alicia Kim: Making Identification and Placement Decisions for K-12 English Learners in US Public Schools
  • AAIE Leadership Conference and Expo
    • February 3-5, 2020: New York City, USA
    • WIDA: Jon Nordmeyer
  • ELLSA Conference 20/20: EAL Success in Sight
    • March 7-8, 2020: Seoul, South Korea
    • WIDA Presenter: Mark Chapman
    • March 18-21, 2020: Helsinki, Finland
    • WIDA Pre-conference session: Christina Nelson
  • AASSA 2020 Educators' Conference
    • March 18-21, 2020: São Paulo, Brazil
    • WIDA: Mariana Castro
  • Languages in the Family Conference
    • March 26-28, 2020: Paris, France
    • WIDA Presenter: Delis Cuellar: “Bilingüismo separado: Una visión del desarrollo del lenguaje en el hogar y la escuela para niños del preescolar que asisten a un programa solo en inglés.”