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Professional Learning Opportunities

2020-2021 WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops 

  • Beginning September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021,  WIDA Self-Paced, Online eWorkshops are available for all Colorado educators with a school district email
  • No cost and no limit to the number of participants, and 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. Only educators with a school district email address will be granted access to eWorkshops. 
  • 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
  • The eWorkshops are aligned to the English Learner Quality Standards. Please read the WIDA eLearning FAQs for a list of the eWorkshops and what standards they align to.
  • Certificate of Completion can be printed and/or downloaded once an eWorkshop is completed. Participants are encouraged to download and/or forward certificates to their personal email as WIDA or CDE will not be able to reproduce certificates or verify participation.

2020-2021 Professional Learning Opportunities 

Attendees must 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 three live 90 minute webinars for each topic indicated below. These eWorkshops are free and available to all Colorado educators with WIDA Secure Portal accounts for school year 2020-21. 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 contact Alana Foy.


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 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 credit hours. Please see session dates, detailed course information, syllabus, and registration link below.

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)
Purchase the book

To register visit: Eventbrite Registration

For more information, please contact Alana Foy at Foy_a@cde.state.co.us.


Identification & Data Coding for English Learners 

A focus on Colorado's Standardized and Interim Identification Procedures for SY20-21.  Intended for new or veteran district data and program coordinators and personnel who identify and code English learners.

Virtual Training Dates:

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 10:00am-11:30am 

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:30pm-2:00pm 

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


WIDA Screener

Training prepares test administrators to complete WIDA's online self-paced modules and quizzes before becoming certified to administer the WIDA Screener.  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 Dates: 

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:30am-12:00pm 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 1:00pm-2:30pm 

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


Language, Literacy, and Access to Content 101

More Information Coming Soon.

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


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

  • Intended Audience - K-12 science teachers, classroom teachers, coaches, co-teaching teams, grade level teams, and school teams   

This full-day, face to face, hands on 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.

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 full-day, face to face, hands on 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.

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.


ELD Program Obligations and Requirements Training

Trainings will provide an understanding of state and federal requirements for ELD programs/services for English Learners in Colorado.

Intended Audience - District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators

To inquire about ELD Program Obligations and Requirements virtual training, please contact the trainer.


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.