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Professional Learning Opportunities

Attendees must register for Professional Learning Opportunities through the registration link associated with each date below. Space is limited to 35 people. 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, please click on Request Materials or Certificates.

2019-2020 Professional Learning Opportunities for Administrators

WIDA Screener & Data Coding Trainings

Intended Audience - District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators -  WIDA Screener and Data Coding for English learners: training presented by CLDE and Data Services offices at CDE

  • August 15, 2019 - Colorado Springs - Registration
  • August 20, 2019 - Glenwood Springs - Registration
  • August 22, 2019 - Longmont - Registration
  • August 27, 2019 - Aurora - Registration
  • August 29, 2019 - Denver Metro - Intended for Online Schools - location and registration information coming soon

2018-2019 Professional Learning Opportunities for Content and Classroom Teachers

WIDA Workshops: please open each workshop title to find more information about the two-day professional learning opportunity facilitated by WIDA.

*WIDA Workshop attendees could earn up to 12 hours per workshop towards the English Learner educator professional development requirements.


Teaching Science to English Learners - Aligned to English Learner PD Quality Standards II & IV

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

This full-day workshop provides science and classroom teachers 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. Request More Information from Trainer

  • August 22, 2018 - Durango School District, Durango - Cancelled due to low registration
  • November 30, 2018 - Southeastern BOCES, Lamar
  • April 26, 2019 - East Central BOCES, Limon

Teaching Math to English Learners - Aligned to English Learner PD Quality Standards II & IV

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

This full-day workshop provides math and classroom teachers 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. Request More Information from Trainer

  • June 11, 2019 - Southeastern BOCES, Lamar - Registration is currently full

Additional offerings available upon request with 10 or more participants - Please click here to request training


Teaching Reading to English Learners - Aligned to English Learner PD Quality Standards II & III

Intended Audience - Classroom teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, co-teaching teams, grade level teams, and school teams

This participatory session provides foundational knowledge about the differences between English learners and native speakers when learning to read and explores tools and strategies for making reading instruction more accessible for English learners. Request More Information from Trainer

Additional offerings available upon request with 10 or more participants - Please click here to request training


Archived Professional Learning Opportunities


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.


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.


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.


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.)

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