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Professional Learning Opportunities

New WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops available on September 1, 2020. Complete Self-Paced eWorkshops started in 2019 by August 31, 2020.

  • Starting September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, six self-paced, online eWorkshops that WIDA has developed are available for all Colorado school district employees at no cost. 
  • There is 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 to access 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.
  • For more detailed workshop information, please visit Self-Paced eWorkshops on WIDA's website.

2020-2021 Professional Learning Opportunities for Content and Classroom Teachers

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. These eWorkshops are free and available to all Colorado educators for school year 2020-21. Registration for each Facilitated eWorkshops will be limited to 40 participants. 


Language, Literacy, and Access to Content 101

This workshop will provide a foundational knowledge of first and second language acquisition and literacy development for 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.

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 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 session, please have your principal or district coordinator contact the trainer and include the name of the requested workshop.


2020-2021 Professional Learning Opportunities for Administrators

WIDA Screener & Data Coding Trainings for English learners presented by CLDE and Data Services offices at CDE. 

Intended Audience - Data and Program District Directors, Coordinators, and Administrators 

For more information about the WIDA Screener Certification process, please open the WIDA Screener Assessment page

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

ELD Program Obligations and Requirements Trainings

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 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.