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English Learner Education

WIDA Professional Development

WIDA professional development provides great information and strategies to support multilingual learners in Massachusetts public schools, and WIDA PDPs satisfy educator licensure renewal requirements. These DESE Sponsored courses are available at no cost to participants and are perfect for teams of teachers seeking impactful collaboration to support students' access to rigorous course content.

For more information about DESE-sponsored WIDA PD offerings, please contact .

Self-Paced Workshops

Choose any or all among these modules:

  • The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach
  • Making Language Visible: Exploring the Key Language Uses
  • Classroom Teachers: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
  • Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena
  • Home Languages in the Classroom
  • Reframing Education for Long-term English Learners
  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics

Time Commitment: 1–40 hours from 9/1/22 to 8/31/23, depending on selected modules

PDPs: 1–40, based on selected modules

Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework

Will assist educators in using the ELD Standards Framework to identify and support language students will use to engage in content learning. Participants will explore how the ELD Standards Framework can support collaborative instructional planning.

Time Commitment: Two 90 minute webinars

  • 12/8/22
  • 12/15/22
  • PDPs: 4

Teacher Leaders: Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework

Designed to support teacher leaders, coaches, and others who provide local professional development and support for using the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, to plan instruction at the unit level.

Time Commitment:

  • 1 hour prework
  • 1 hour webinar 3/14/23
  • 1 day face to face meeting 3/21/23
  • PDPs: 10

Scaffolding Learning through Language Virtual Workshop

Consider a dynamic set of classroom practices that support multilingual learners as they move toward increasing independence and expertise in grade-level content. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum within the context of meaningful, shared experiences contribute to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning.

Time Commitment: Three 90 minute webinars:

  • 1/12/23 — 3:30 – 5:00
  • 1/19/23 — 3:30 – 5:00
  • 1/26/23 — 3:30 – 5:00
  • PDPs: 4.5

ICMEE eWorkshop: Considerations when Educating Multilingual Learners with Identified Learning Disabilities

What do educators need to consider in order to effectively plan for the education of multilingual learners identified with learning disabilities?

Time Commitment: Each eWorkshop is 15 weeks long and covers six modules. Each module takes between two to four hours. The dates and times of the online meetings will be scheduled with your state representative. Please see the flyer for more information.

PDPs: 20

Last Updated: October 13, 2022

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