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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.

WIDA Self-Paced workshops can be accessed directly by Massachusetts educators with a WIDA Secure Portal account. Facilitated WIDA workshops are prioritized for high needs districts. Registration for all other MA educators will be available 3–4 weeks before each workshop begins.

A WIDA Secure Portal account is needed to access all WIDA workshops. An account can be obtained by a district WIDA account coordinator. If the district coordinator is unknown, David Parker can assist in identifying.

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

Self-paced Workshops

Choose any or all among these modules:

  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics
  • Engaging Multilingual Learners in Science: Making Sense of Phenomena
  • Exploring the WIDA PreK-3 Essential Actions (Added 2023)
  • Home Languages in the Classroom
  • Making Languages Visible in the Classroom
  • Newcomers: Promoting Success through Strengthening Practice (Added 2023)
  • Reframing Education for Long-term English Learners
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
  • WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach

Time Commitment: 1–40 hours from 9/1/2023 to 8/31/2024, depending on selected modules

PDPs: 1–40, based on selected modules

Scaffolding Learning through Language

Will encourage educators to 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

January 2024

March/April 2024

WIDA Español: Attending to Equity through Bilingual Instruction

En este taller, analizarán las identidades dinámicas y el repertorio comunicativo de los estudiantes bilingües; conectarán un enfoque multimodal de la enseñanza y aprendizaje con las formas en las pueden maximizar de manera intencional las prácticas lingüísticas de los estudiantes bilingües. También colaborarán en el análisis de la enseñanza que promueve el aprendizaje de manera equitativa guiados por el contexto sociocultural y que refleja las prácticas culturales y lingüísticas de los estudiantes bilingües.

Compromiso de tiempo: tres seminarios web de 60 minutos

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

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.

Bringing Language into Focus: Expectations, Functions & Features

Gives K–12 educators an opportunity to take a closer look at the Key Language Uses (genre families) by engaging in a deeper exploration of Language Expectations, Language Functions, and Language Features. Participants will learn the importance and purpose of mentor text to make language visible to students.

Time Commitment: Two 90 minute webinars

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 4/3/2024
1 day face to face meeting 4/10/2024

Last Updated: January 26, 2024

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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