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Professional Learning Opportunities

2021-2022 WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops 

  • Self-Paced eWorkshops are available September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022 for Colorado K-12 public school educators with a school district email address. 
  • No cost and no participant limit. Participants can log in at any time, from any place where they have access to internet services.
  • To participate educators must have a WIDA Secure Portal account.  To assist with this process, Districts must create and send a bulk upload list with educators' names and email addresses to the WIDA Client Services Center (CSC) at help@wida.us. Once WIDA CSC receives and processes the bulk upload, an automatic email will be sent to the educators on the list inviting them to create an eLearning account through the Secure Portal. Download Bulk Upload Template
  • Log into WIDA Secure Portal, open the Professional Learning tab to view self-paced, online eWorkshops available this school year. 
  • The eWorkshops are aligned to the English Learner Quality Standards. To view a list of the eWorkshops and which standards and elements they align to, please read the WIDA eLearning FAQs
  • Certificate of Completion can be printed and/or downloaded once an eWorkshop is completed. CDE will not be able to reproduce certificates or verify participation.

2021-2022 Professional Learning Opportunities 

Colorado educators can register for Professional Learning Opportunities through the registration link associated with each date below. In the event that there are fewer than ten people registered, the professional learning opportunity will be rescheduled and those registered will be notified. To obtain presentation materials or attendance certificates associated with each training on this webpage, please contact Request Materials or Certificates.


WIDA Facilitated eWorkshops (Virtual)

Colorado educators will have access to attend WIDA's Facilitated eWorkshops: a series of live 90 minute webinars for each topic indicated below. These eWorkshops are free and available to all Colorado K-12 educators with WIDA Secure Portal accounts for school year 2021-22. Registration for each Facilitated eWorkshop will be limited to 40 participants. If you registered and are unable to attend or you would like to request information about WIDA Secure Portal Accounts, please email CLDE.

Fall 2021: October 7 & 14 from 3:30pm-5:00pm  - Nurturing Speaking Growth: a two-part webinar series with one self-paced module. This eWorkshop is designed to nurture students’ growth in speaking, by combining an exploration of the ACCESS for ELLs Speaking Test with teaching practices focused on student engagement and oral language development.  Designed for classroom teachers and language specialists. 


School District/School/Charter School Obligations to Educate English Learners

This training will provide an overview of state and federal laws that impact the methods in which school districts, schools, and charter schools provide academic instruction and services for English learners. Participants will gain an understanding of the statutory obligations they are held accountable for in order to effectively implement programs, instruction, and supports for English learners.

Intended Audience – District ELD Directors, ELD Coordinators, Program Managers, and Administrators

Virtual training dates: Participants do not need to attend both sessions

Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm 

Friday, October 8, 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm 

To inquire about School District/School/Charter School Obligations to Educate English Learners virtual training, please contact the trainer.


Identification & Data Coding for English Learners 

A focus on Colorado's Standardized and Interim Identification Procedures for SY21-22.  Intended for new or veteran district data and program coordinators and personnel who identify and code English learners.

Virtual Training Dates: Participants do not need to attend both sessions

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 2:00pm-3:30pm 

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 12:30pm-2:00pm 

To inquire about English Learner Identification & Data Coding virtual trainings, please contact the trainer.


WIDA Screener

Training prepares new test administrators to complete WIDA's online self-paced modules and quizzes before becoming certified to administer the WIDA Screener for students in grades 1-12.  Participants will examine protocols and procedures to administer and score the WIDA Screener. Certification to administer the WIDA Screener must be obtained directly from WIDA and is not issued after attending training. For more information about the WIDA Screener Certification process, please open the WIDA Screener Assessment page

Virtual Training Date: 

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 10:30am-12:00pm 

To inquire about WIDA Screener virtual trainings, please contact the trainer.


Welcoming and Engaging Multilingual Newcomer Students

​Participants will explore foundational principles to welcome and engage newcomers and their families into classrooms and schools. Areas of focus for this training include: laws that protect newcomers, culturally responsive teaching and metacognition in the classroom, factors that influence language acquisition, and the importance and value of communicating with families.

Virtual Training Date: 

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 9:30am-12:00pm

To inquire about Newcomers virtual training, please contact the trainer.


Language, Literacy, and Access to Content 101

This workshop will provide a foundational knowledge of first and second language acquisition and literacy development for secondary English learners and will explore tools for making literacy and content more accessible to English learners. Attendees will receive 6 contact hours of training aligned to English Learner PD Quality Standards II (Element A) & III (Elements A&B). Please note – this workshop will not meet the training required by the Colorado READ Act. Information regarding the Colorado READ Act requirements and trainings can be found at READ Act - SB 19-199 Amendment Updates.

Intended Audience - Classroom teachers, Literacy Teachers, ELD specialists/coaches, administrators.

Virtual Training Dates: Participants need to register for and attend both sessions

Session 1: Coming spring 2022
Session 2: Coming spring 2022

To inquire about Language, Literacy, and Access to Content 101, please contact the trainer.


The ABCs of Long-Term English Learners

Colorado educators have an opportunity to participate in professional development provided by the Colorado Department of Education CLDE Office and Beth Skelton focused on meeting the needs of students classified as Long-term English Learners (LTELs). This professional learning outlined in the Course Syllabus is meant for general educators, content area teachers, and English Language Development Specialists and will focus on research-based practices that best support LTELs. All sessions will take place virtually, beginning with an introductory “Live” Taster session on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00-4:45pm. Upon completion of all five sessions and required assignments, participants will be eligible for 10 hours of credit. Please see session dates, detailed course information, syllabus, and registration link below. For more information about this professional development, please contact Alice Collins.

Sessions and Dates: 

           "Live" Taster Session: Thursday March 11, 2021 4pm-4:45pm

Session 1: Monday March 29, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 3: Tuesday May 4, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 4: Tuesday May 18, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 5: Tuesday May 25, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Course Syllabus (PDF)


CLDE Professional Development on Teaching, Learning, and Trauma

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) is pleased to partner with author, Beth Kelley, MA, LPC, to offer professional development in the area of Teaching, Learning, and Trauma for Colorado district administrators, coordinators, coaches, counselors and teachers. The content focus of this five-session course will intersect the importance of teaching, learning, and mental health in areas of understanding adolescent learners with chronic stress and trauma, foundations of effective practice, healthy relationships in complicated times, and conflict resolution. All sessions will take place virtually on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30p.m. beginning November 5. Upon completion of the entire professional learning and required assignments, participants will be eligible for a maximum of 10 Professional Development Hours. Please see session dates, detailed course information, syllabus, and registration link below.  For more information about this professional development, please contact Alice Collins.

Sessions and Dates:

Session 1: Thursday November 5, 2020 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 2: Thursday December 3, 2020 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 3: Thursday January 7, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 4: Thursday January 28, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Session 5: Thursday February 18, 2021 from 4pm-5:30pm

Course Syllabus (PDF) and link to Purchase Book


Teaching Science to English Learners
through the Colorado English Language (CELP) Standards 

This is a two-part virtual professional learning opportunity that provides K-12 science and classroom teachers, as well as ESL/bilingual educators, a foundational knowledge of English language development and explores tools and strategies for making science more accessible to English learners through teaching the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards.

Participants must attend both sessions.

To inquire about hosting a virtual session, please have your principal or district coordinator contact the trainer and include the name of the requested workshop.


Teaching Math to English Learners
through the Colorado English Language (CELP) Standards  

This is a two-part virtual professional learning opportunity that provides K-12 math and classroom teachers, as well as ESL/bilingual educators, a foundational knowledge of English language development and explores tools and strategies for making math more accessible to English learners through teaching the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards.

Participants must attend both sessions.

To inquire about hosting a virtual session, please have your principal or district coordinator contact the trainer and include the name of the requested workshop.


Implementing District Systems to Support Quality ELD Programs

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) researchers studied fifteen districts and identified nine leading indicators for quality English Language Development (ELD) programs. Using these nine leading indicators, researchers developed the District-Level Quality ELD Program Implementation Rubrics to use as a tool in developing, modifying, and/or evaluating systems in support of English learners. In this workshop, participants will learn the background and methodology of the study, as well as the utility of the rubrics within a school/district context. Participants are encouraged to bring local district-level data that will support them in engaging in conversations regarding improvement of systems to support ELD programs.

This workshop is designed for a team of educators from a school or district (intended audience - district directors, coordinators, and administrators - teacher leaders are encouraged to attend with principal approval)In order to obtain the most benefit from this workshop, it is highly recommended that at least two educators from a school or a district attend as a team. One member of the team should register all members of the team.  Training certificates will indicate Alignment to English Learner PD Quality Standard IV (Elements A&B).

To inquire about Implementing District Systems to Support Quality ELD Programs, please contact the trainer.


Linking Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) to Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards

Intended Audience - K-12 Teachers, Content/Classroom teachers as well as ESL/bilingual educators

The standards session provides instructional staff (content/classroom teachers as well as ESL, bilingual educators) a foundational knowledge of English language development and the connection between academic standards and the CELP standards. Linking the CAS to the CELP Standards PowerPoint.


English Language Proficiency (ELP) Growth Across State and Federal Accountability

Intended Audience - District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators

This session will compare and contrast State and Title III accountability calculations based on English language proficiency (ELP) growth. Presenters will provide guidance and support on how districts can use these accountability results to inform local programming.


EL Data Dig Tool

Intended Audience - District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators

This session will provide attendees training and support on the structure, logistics, and intended use of the EL Data Dig Tool. Additionally, presenters will demonstrate where districts can obtain data that is available through CDE resources. Mock data will be used to engage attendees in experiential learning and practical application. Data Diving to Support ELs Powerpoint.


District ELD Program Rubrics: A Self-Assessment to Improve ELD Programs

Intended Audience - District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) researchers studied fifteen districts and identified nine leading indicators for quality English language development (ELD) programs. Using these nine leading indicators, researchers developed the ELD Program Rubrics for districts to use as a tool in developing, modifying, and/or evaluating systems in support of English Learners. In this session, participants will learn the background and methodology of the study, as well as the utility of the rubrics within a school/district context. ELD Program Rubrics Powerpoint.


Progress Monitoring Language Development through Formative Assessments

Intended Audience - Content area teachers, classroom teachers, coaches, co-teaching teams, grade level teams, and school teams

This session will focus on progress monitoring for language development through formative assessment. Participants will utilize the WIDA performance definitions to review student work samples for language development. All attendees should bring at least one sample of student work. Samples can be in any format (exit tickets, essays, videos, etc.). Formative Assessment Powerpoint.